PLAINVILLE - A new hair salon on East Street plans to offer more than just haircuts.
Salon Margo opened on Oct. 19 at 448 East St. Owner Marguerite Swan, a 25-year-old who grew up in the foster care system, said when she was younger she never imagined that she would own a business one day.
“This was a stepping stone that I no longer have a boss and I can build something that no one can take away from me,” Swan said.
As a kid, Swan bounced around different homes in various towns. She went to Cos Cob Elementary School in Greenwich, and then moved to Wolcott, which became more of her permanent residence.
In 2010 Swan graduated from Wolcott High School, and during that same year her foster mother opened a children’s salon.
Hair was not something Swan initially had a passion for, but she soon realized her natural talents for the skill.
“I’ve always been a hands-on, visual person so hair was easy for me,” Swan said.
She added, at first she was not interested in cutting hair, but rather making hair products, which is what she did at her foster mother’s salon.
Through her foster mother’s convincing, she enrolled in Belle Academy of Cosmetology, but felt like she wasn’t reaching her full potential in her education and at home.
At 19, Swan was kicked out of her foster home in Wolcott, and was taken in by Nancy and Frank Puglisi of Farmington.
“They reconstructed me and gave me unconditional love, which allowed me to grow into the person I never thought I would be,” Swan said. “(They) helped me seek my goals, while guiding me through the emotional wreckage of my past.”
With the Puglisi’s support, she transferred to a Paul Mitchell school to complete her certification and soon after started working at David’s Salon in Unionville while attending Tunxis Community College for business administration.
Once she obtained her associates degree, Swan realized college was not for her and that she was learning more by working at different hair salons than taking courses.
“(Moving around salons) showed me you need to have a skill in order to survive. School was never for me, at Tunxis I was just going through the motions just to get a piece of paper,” Swan said.
Thanks to her new foster mother, Nancy Puglisi who works for the New Britain Board of Education, Swan was given the opportunity to work with elementary school children in New Britain’s Summer Enrichment Experience program, which encouraged her to not only make positive change in her life, but the lives of others.
“It inspired me to create a team, specifically for the young kids who may slip through the cracks,” Swan said.
Once her business is fully established, Swan plans to work with the Plainville community and start up programs that utilize the youth to give back to the community and learn life skills as well as give them a source for guidance for kids who may have been in her same situation to see they can follow their dreams.
“I don’t want a pity party, I just want people to know we’re not all degenerates, we’re people too,” said Swan. “I have a soft spot for the kids, I want them to grow up and know you don’t have to go to college and there are other things out there.”
For now, Swan’s focus is ensuring her salon serves as a welcoming experience for all guests and is tailored to their individual needs.
This starts with creating a cozy, lounge-like atmosphere with rustic décor from upcycled pieces - restored unwanted or recycled pieces - and Pinterest inspired projects and carries on throughout the hair services.
“They choose how they want their hair done, but if I don’t think they should follow through with a particular hair color or hair style I’m going to be honest with them,” said Swan. “I want women to feel beautiful, for some of us hair is one of our biggest securities.”
Women can also get complementary wine with their service, or tea and coffee.
Every day police and fire personnel can receive a haircut with a tea tree scalp massage and complementary beer for $15. On Veterans Day, Plainville Police and Fire Department members can receive a free haircut.
Swan plans to have an official grand opening sometime in January or February, but will remain open daily and take walk-ins.
In a time where apps like Instagram makes millennials hungry for thousands of likes and follows, especially for beauty services, Swan said she doesn’t want to be famous.
“I want to do something different. I want to stay small, but leave a powerful impact.”
To schedule an appointment or learn more contact Salon Margo by call or text at 860-573-9228 or email .
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