Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda DiFronzo.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I moved to Florida when my children were small because my husband and I both hate the winter. I was already a hairdresser for 17 years and knew I would need to get a job once I got settled. My neighbor happened to also be a hairdresser, so she was very excited when she heard I was a hairdresser as well. She told me that she had a kiosk in a mall selling hairpieces, but she wanted to expand and open up a wig salon. I told her I didn’t know anything about wigs and she said “don’t worry, we’ll teach each other” and that’s exactly what we did.
Between her business savvy and my hair experience, we started out with just the two of us and expanded the salon 3 times within an 11 year period. It was there that I fell in love with the art of wigs after seeing how many lives were being changed throughout the years. When the 5 hurricanes went through South Florida about 12 years ago, it wiped out a lot of businesses, including my husband’s. So we then decided to move back home to the Chicago area. Coming back home, I decided to open up my own salon.
So I flew in for 4 days from Florida, found a place to live for my family, and a place to open up my salon. I opened my doors at Hair For You in Arlington Heights, IL with no employees and no clientele. But with my passion and drive for helping women look and feel good, I was able to grow my business and thrive. After owning the salon in Arlington Heights for 11 years, I realized that Hair For You should be solely dedicated to wigs.
So I decided to sell the salon part of my business, and move my wig business to Highland Park which is where I live. Hair For You has now been in Highland Park for almost 1.5 years. We are located inside of Salons by JC of Highland Park, which is wonderful because it gives more privacy and better service for my clients as well as the convenience of being able to have other hair and beauty services done by other salon owners in the same facility.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The first 2.5 years of owning my own business after coming back to Illinois were very difficult for me not having clients or hairdressers. Even though I knew it would be difficult, I frequently second guessed myself if I would be able to make Hair For You successful.
Thankfully, I had 2 great friends who had been through the process of starting their own businesses and had the same experience as me, and they gave me the strength and encouragement to push through those years and get my business off the ground by telling me to keep pursuing my passion.
Please tell us about Hair For You.
I specialize in wigs and hairpieces for medical related hair loss. What sets me apart is my experience and knowledge from working with wigs and hairpieces for so many years. I take the time to look at the shape of each client’s head, their hair texture, color, and style and match each wig or hairpiece to them. I then cut the wig apart and resew it to the shape of their head for a custom fit, and I also cut and restyle the wig to mimic their hair.
I only carry and sell what I know from experience to be the highest quality wigs so that they look natural and hold up well for my clients. I carry synthetic, human hair, and human/synthetic blend wigs, and I offer maintenance services as well to keep wigs looking their best. I also developed my own line of Synthetic hair care products called Wig Lift, which helps protect synthetic fibers and is formulated without fragrances for clients with allergies and sensitivities.
I feel very passionate about wigs and the gift that I am giving people who need it for medical reasons. For a client to be able to look in the mirror and see themselves is one of the best things that I can give someone when they are going through one of the hardest times of their life, whether their hair loss is related to chemotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania or female pattern hair loss.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would not have opened such a large salon and invested so much money into a large place and kept to the simplicity and basics of what I know and do best from the beginning. Now that I have moved into a smaller facility and focus solely on wigs and hairpieces, I absolutely love it and wish I would have done it a lot sooner! But I take everything as a learning experience to move forward and improve my business instead of worrying about the past.
- Address: 229 Skokie Valley Rd Suite 43 & 44
Highland Park, IL 60035
- Website: salonhairforyou.com
- Phone: 8472594968
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org