In his 30 years of doing hair in Pinellas Park, Mick Ferrari learned early on the importance of embracing and supporting the community around him.
This is a central tenet of Got Split End?, the salon he runs with his business partner and style director, Sarah Jane Collins.
“We like to do our bit and support the community that supports us,” Ferrari said.
Got Split Ends?, located at 4376 Park Blvd. N., does this in a variety of ways.
Recently, the salon hosted Cuts for a Cause July 29. The event focused on individuals donating their hair to children with medical hair loss – hair donated that day went to the Ronald McDonald House and Children with Hair Loss – and also featured a food truck, a DJ and vendors.
In December, the salon also hosts a community open house during the Pinellas Park Christmas Parade. They also host a rotating art installation featuring the artists from the nearby Pinellas Arts Village, and started a Readers are Leaders program, similar to Little Free Libraries, encouraging children and adults to take a book or bring a book to leave on their shelves.
Every Monday during the summer, Got Split Ends? invites health, beauty and fitness professionals into the salon to share their products and services with their customers.
“Our goal is two-fold,” Ferrari said. “Not only are we trying to reach out and give back to the community that supported us so well, but also it’s an opportunity to get people in the salon who maybe wouldn’t normally come in.”
At the same time, the salon is focused on providing high-quality and affordable services.
“We try to keep prices competitive,” he said. “We know who our customers are. They’re working people. They’re seniors. They’re families. We always say we’re affordably upscale.”
Despite being family oriented, the salon also draws those who are “fashion forward,” he said, seeking interesting colors and innovative styles.
“We’re still on the edge and keep up on all the latest trends,” Ferrari said.
Got Split Ends? opened two-and-a-half years ago as a consortium of beauty professionals.
He previously ran a salon in the former Parkside Mall and later on 110th Avenue. Collins did color in the Bardmoor area. They were already friends, but decided it made sense to team up and move to Park Boulevard, the heart of Pinellas Park.
Also on their team are a spa specialist, three full-time stylists and two massage therapists. Ferrari said he is looking forward to expanding their services as they actively seek new team members. He’s especially interested in hiring a barber and an African American haircare specialist, though he’s open to hearing from anyone with a special area of expertise.
“We want to take that next step and expand our team,” he said. “We really want to be a multicultural family hair care center for everybody.”
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