Mo­bile hair­dress­ing busi­ness up and run­ning

The News-Times - - BUSINESS - By Deborah Rose For more in­for­ma­tion, call Meg’s Mo­bile Hair­dress­ing and Spray Tan­ning at 203-648-0884 or visit the busi­ness on Face­book.

Meg Shaw knew at a young age hair­dress­ing would be an in­te­gral part of her life.

“This is what I love to do,” the Gay­lordsville res­i­dent said. “I was born to do this.”

She worked in salons for many years but af­ter hav­ing her two youngest chil­dren — twins born nine weeks early sev­eral years ago — she be­came keenly aware of the importance of ser­vice providers, such as a hair­dresser, hav­ing flex­i­ble hours.

That re­al­iza­tion prompted her to open a mo­bile hair­dress­ing busi­ness, Meg’s Mo­bile Hair­dress­ing and Spray Tan­ning, two years ago.

Shaw said once her twins were home, nurses, PAs, an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist and a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist were among the providers who vis­ited her home for fol­low-up vis­its.

“Ev­ery­one came to me be­cause I couldn’t get out,” she said, re­fer­ring to her two 5-pound new­borns and a 5-year-old. “I didn’t leave the house.”

Once her chil­dren were nursed back to health, she pitched the idea of a mo­bile busi­ness to her hus­band and friends, who fully sup­ported the idea.

Shaw brings her hair­dress­ing sup­plies in a suit­case with her to clients’ homes, and of­fers a va­ri­ety of ser­vices: one process color, two process color, low lights, high lights, ker­atin treatments, scalp and con­di­tioner treatments, hair­cuts, blow dry, up­dos and spray tans.

“She’s done a re­ally good job,” said Sara DiFab­bio-Keeler, of New Mil­ford, who first learned of the busi­ness through a mom’s group on Face­book about a year ago and has since been a client.

“She’s very per­son­able and al­ways done a nice job,” she said, cit­ing Shaw had done color cor­rec­tion and given her dif­fer­ent hair­styles.

“Megan is pro­fes­sional and does a fab­u­lous job,” said Megan Stifel Nevins, of Ridge­field, who sought Shaw’s ser­vices for a hair­cut and spray tan­ning, and for a hair­cut for her daugh­ter.

Shaw’s clients are mostly women, but she also has male and child clients.

She charges a small travel fee to serve clients in New Mil­ford, Gay­lordsville, Kent, Bridge­wa­ter, Roxbury, Brook­field, Dan­bury, Ridge­field, New­town, South­bury and Wood­bury.

Shaw said her clients range from moms with young chil­dren to clients who work long shifts and find it hard enough to find time to sleep, let alone get their hair done.

“I do it for (the clients),” Shaw said of her flex­i­ble hours that ac­com­mo­date her cus­tomers’ sched­ules. “I make my­self avail­able.”

DiFab­bio-Keeler said she doesn’t like to spend time away from her son, Rowan, 2, when she isn’t work­ing. Hav­ing her hair cut at home makes it pos­si­ble for them to spend more time to­gether, and al­lows Rowan to even “run in and give me a hug” dur­ing a hair­cut.

Shaw, who grad­u­ated with a hair­dress­ing li­cense from Henry Ab­bott Tech, has 18 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. She has taken sev­eral con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses for color and cut­ting in New York City.

Shaw will meet with a client in their kitchen or din­ing room. She just needs ac­cess to a sink and two tow­els.

If a cus­tomer wants to try a dif­fer­ent look, Shaw will dis­cuss the op­tions and the ex­pected main­te­nance.

“It makes peo­ple feel bet­ter,” Shaw said of why she en­joys what she does. “I have the op­por­tu­nity to make peo­ple feel bet­ter about them­selves.”

The hair­dresser said many peo­ple — women, in par­tic­u­lar — have “guilt when they do things for them­selves.” But hav­ing hair done at home is “guilt free.”

Shaw said she un­der­stands how pre­cious time is.

“I can re­late (to the clients),” Shaw said. “I have three kids, a hus­band, a busi­ness.”

Deborah Rose / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Meg Shaw, of Gay­lordsville, with client Halie De­tray, of Brook­field. Shaw owns Meg’s Mo­bile Hair­dress­ing & Spray Tan­ning.

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