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  • Photo by Bobbi Sinyard. Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery, a new business at 383 East Dunstable Road in Nashua, will celebrate its grand opening Thursday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Photo by Bobbi Sinyard. Venezuelan artist Julio Aguilera poses next to his artwork at Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery, a new business at 383 East Dunstable Road in Nashua.
  • Photo by Bobbi Sinyard. Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery, a new business at 383 East Dunstable Road in Nashua, will celebrate its grand opening Thursday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Photo by Bobbi Sinyard. Art by Julio Aguilera is showcased at Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery, a new business at 383 East Dunstable Road in Nashua.
  • Photo by Bobbi Sinyard. Art by Julio Aguilera is showcased at Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery, a new business at 383 East Dunstable Road in Nashua.
Sunday, October 10, 2010

At this salon, more than just hair is styled

NASHUA – From the moment Mogi Zagdsuren and Julio Aguilera met, hair styling and art found a home together.

“I love to work with the energy of modern art,” Zagdsuren, a local hairstylist, said. “It’s exciting and energetic. Since we met, the imagination has been crazy. We’re always thinking of this stuff.”

And thus, Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery was born. Zagdsuren and Aguilera have partnered to open a new shop at 383 East Dunstable Road in Nashua, nestled between The Skin and Body Spa and True Blue Cleaners in the Sky Meadow Plaza. The official grand opening will take place Thursday from 6-9 p.m.

As the name suggests, the business is a unique pairing of a hair salon and art gallery.

“This hair salon is different,” Zagdsuren said. “This salon is very artistic. We don’t decorate – we interact. That’s our work and our art, inside and out.”

After Zagdsuren left Mongolia in 2001, she lived in Nashua and commuted to New York City, where she apprenticed at the Patrick Melville Salon and Spa at Rockefeller Plaza, working on clientele such as Paris Hilton and at events for America’s Next Top Model, American Idol, Spring Fashion Week in 2008, the 2008 Emmys and the 2009 Oscars.

While in NYC, Zagdsuren crossed paths with Aguilera, an Venezuelan artist.

“Since we met, we’ve always talked about doing this, because we can work together,” Zagdsuren reflected.

The original idea was to open a shop in Manhattan, but with two children in Nashua, such a permanent relocation wasn’t an option for Zagdsuren. In November 2009, she opened her small shop on Main Street, which garnered a respectable clientele. She set out to bring big city style to New Hampshire.

Eventually, Aguilera relocated to Nashua to join forces with Zagdsuran.

The goal of a combined hair salon and art gallery, according to the owners, is to bring something completely new and completely uplifting to Nashua, affecting the community on both an artistic and spiritual level.

“We’ve joined two arts; both are visual, and both can change people’s moods,” Aguilera explains. “For the little time people are here, they feel different. They’re surrounded by art; they’re an interactive part of the art, as they are being transformed as an art form themselves. That’s why everything here is art, from the stations to the floor – everything.”

From the red, black and grey contrasts of the flooring, ceilings, and portable hair stations, every element of the salon/gallery is tied together, leading the eye from the designated point of beginning until it circumvents the piece, taking in every aspect of the picture, until it is lead back, full circle.

Aguilera plans to change the artwork out every six weeks, as he gathers other renowned artists to showcase their newest collections in the gallery. He plans on tapping into his vast network of working artists as well as local talent. The portable hair stations will be moved as the salon is transformed into a art gallery,

“Wherever I am, I always think of the bigger picture,” Zagdsuren said. “This is the right time to do the combination of the salon and art gallery. Main Street was a good start. Moving to Sky Meadow Plaza is brighter – the future is brighter, bigger, happier, and more energetic. This location is the right place; I feel like I can give customers the best of me here. I love being here all the time.”

Zagdsuren isn’t just looking to grow her own career with this venture – she welcomes the idea of helping local stylists achieve their dreams as well.

“We’re not only creating a door to beauty and splendor, but we’re creating a door for more stylists to enter this career and expand their professional life,” Zagdsuren said. “This is a new beginning of an amazing job for both of us.”