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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Business Bio: Fancy Nancys’ Elite Hair Designers

Type of business: Hair Salon and Day Spa.

Main location (city, state, ZIP): Sun Plaza, 295 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, across from Pheasant Lane Mall.

Date began business in southern New Hampshire: 1988.

Date opened at this location: Sept. 15.

Is this a franchise? no.

Owner: Nancy Keyslay.

Manager: Nancy Keyslay.

Days/hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (extended hours by appointment).

Number of full-time employees:14.

Highlights of products and services: Hair coloring, foils, color correction, haircuts, styling for every day and special occasion (brides and proms), smoothing treatments, perms, waxing (face and body), threading, facials, pedicures and manicures, and ear piercing.

Names and backgrounds of the key leaders: Nancy Keyslay, salon owner, worked for 31 years managing and training hairstylists as well as servicing my own client base in a local Fortune 500 department store hair salon with 27 stylists working under me. I am also the president of the student advisory board at the Nashua High School North technical program. My expertise is in the cosmetology department and my passion is for helping the students to succeed.

History of this business (moves, consolidations, new ownership or management): Our team of stylists all come from the southern New Hampshire area and merged together combining independent styling booth renters with actual employees. I have personally trained and mentored three-quarters of the staff for the last 10 years. I bought out an established salon and kept all the former master stylists on board as well.

What’s the biggest challenge facing your type of business, and how are you approaching it? Getting the word out that we are all located here under one roof, offering different levels of stylists to meet every need and budget.

We are networking, asking for referrals from existing clients and advertising in local newspapers as well as mailing fliers.

What’s the biggest change you would like to see in the business climate in this area? I would like clients to be able to walk in to a salon and have the opportunity to be pampered and made to feel comfortable in the environment.

To use my experience of 31 years to make sure they are matched with a stylist that would best meet their needs and price range.

What else should the readers know about your business? We are completely handicap accessible with parking 6 feet from the salon door. We have private rooms for clients that do not want to be viewed by others for personal or religious reasons.

We are giving back to the local community by being involved with local charities and offering our services to them. We are also doing Pink Hair For Hope, by doing pink hair extensions and donating the profit to the American Cancer Society.