When the pandemic started, the owner of VIVID hair salon decided she needed to do something differently. Instead of cutting hair from a storefront, she decided to take her hair parlor to others, cutting barriers to hairstyling.
Candace Zachgo runs her own full-service salon where she offers haircuts, coloring, extensions, waxing, lash lifts, lash extensions and spray tans. She primarily works alone but has another stylist and makeup artist help her for special events.
In addition to cutting hair on her land outside of Culver, Zachgo has the ability to bring her salon to other locations.
Learning the ropes
Zachgo has worked in the cosmetology industry for more than 20 years. After cosmetology school, she went to work with Dixie Jones’ Hair Affaire in Salina for almost 10 years. Zachgo said she was extremely lucky to have worked with Jones and learned a lot under her tutiledge. She and Jones are still friends, and Zachgo said will still help Jones on occasion.
While working with Jones, Zachgo decided she wanted more out of her career and decided to work in a booth rent salon where she had the opportunity to learn the business aspect of cosmetology. After that, Zachgo opened her own salon, Stylz Unlimited, in Salina, taking a break for a few years to raise her children.
When returning to her business after her brief leave of absence, Zachgo said it was important to keep up with the growing industry.
“A major factor that I love about this industry is the ever-growing changes in style and fashion and how that plays a part in my business,” Zachgo said.
To keep up with the industry’s progression, Zachgo said, she obtained her certification in lash extensions and lifts and added spray tans to her services.
“I feel in order to grow in this industry, you need to stay educated and offer your clients the best in services, also choosing the best companies to train with and use their professional products in the salon,” said Zachgo.
On the road with her hair salon, VIVID
Zachgo’s business transformed into what it is today when the COVID pandemic required her to close her salon. When it came time for her to renew her lease, Zachgo said she had a lot of concerns.
“I had to make some decisions, will school be closed down again, will our businesses be required to close again, or will my family or I become really ill with COVID, and if any of these things happened, could I survive paying rent and being stuck in a lease?”
Due to these factors, Zachgo decided to open her traveling salon business, VIVID. She remodeled a camper and transformed it into a salon. Now she can conduct business on her property outside of Culver while also having the option to travel to her clients.
On the inside, the camper functions just like any salon but being mobile, allows Zachgo to offer her services to brides at their wedding venues, traveling to lakes, parks, backyard or churches.
“Providing a full salon with a bathroom, running water, and electricity, would be perfect for brides and their wedding party,” Zachgo said.
Zachgo said that having a salon on her property has allowed her the flexibility to work with her clientele at any time of the day, early mornings, late evenings and weekends. She prefers it when clients make their appointments in advance because prom and wedding dates fill up fast, but she tries to get new clients in as soon as she can.
VIVID is a fully licensed salon with the Kansas board of cosmetology. Zachgo’s goal is to create an environment that makes her customers feel comfortable and important, she said. She has the flexibility in her schedule to give her clients her undivided attention.
Zachgo said she loves her job now just as much as when she started. She’s always enjoyed working behind the chair and adding lash extensions to her services has been a good challenge for her because, she said, if forces her to slow her pace. Doing special occasion hair is her favorite part of the job.
“I love the creative display I get to show, customizing a style for a bride or girl heading to prom,” Zachgo said.
Zachgo hopes to have a permanent salon on her property by the fall. For mobile services, she prefers to stay within 150 miles of Salina.
“One of the greatest perks of my career is making people happy. When we look in the mirror, I want my clients to love what they see, and that makes us feel great inside,” Zachgo said. “I think when we feel like that, we can conquer anything. I want people to love coming to see me at the salon and feel amazing walking out the door.”