Artistic Hair Design opens in Norwalk

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NORWALK – Taking acts of faith is commonplace for small business owners.

In the midst of tumultuous economic times, persevering business owners continue to push for success, even in light of past failures. Ambitious and determined, Artistic Hair Design is a small company that pushes to develop financially and socially alongside its community.

“Good and confident,” is what Natasha Ramsubhag said she felt after opening her beauty salon at 114 West Cedar St. in Norwalk.

“It could be better but there are still a lot of opportunities,” she said of the business climate at Norwalk for small businesses like hers.


With its grand opening this summer, Artistic Hair Design is the second beauty salon company for Ramsubhag. The Stamford native and Westhill High School graduate has lived in Norwalk for 12 years and decided in early January it was time to go home on her own.

“The place has been closed for so many years,” Ramsubhag said of the property. The salon, just off Post Road and behind Utopia Skate Shop, was a variety store before it closed two years ago. Since recovering the abandoned property, Artistic Hair Design has attracted a lot of attention from the general public.

“We have a lot of dates, people have made appointments,” Ramsubhag said. “A lot of them are interested because the place has been closed for so long.”

She added that the majority of her clients are regulars from past salons where she has worked.

One of those regulars is Kawana Jean-Pierre.

“I called,” Jean-Pierre said of his search for a stylist. “I was hooked the first time around. Natasha is someone who won’t be frustrated.”

Originally from the Bronx and now living in Stamford, Jean-Pierre is a regular customer and a familiar face at Artistic Hair Design.

A stylist’s ability to adapt to a client’s needs is a priority for her, she said.

“It’s hard to find a stylist who is flexible and knows exactly what you want. You want to stick with them,” Jean-Pierre said after contacting Ramsubhag.

This ability to attract, connect and maintain a strong customer base is somewhat unique to the beauty salon industry, according to Ramsubhag. Prior to opening Artistic Hair Design, she was a partner at another Norwalk salon, Serenity Designs. A year before joining Serenity, she had to close her first salon business: Ammi’s Hair Design.

After a four-year run at Ammi, formerly located in South Norwalk, Ramsubhag noted three factors that led to its closure: “The parking lot, the recession, and the rental rate we paid.”

“Everything was closing around us,” Ramsubhag said of the effects of the recession on the South Norwalk small business landscape.

But with a lot of hairdressing experience and knowledge, Ramsubhag also graduated with a hairdressing degree from Leon’s Institute of Hair Design in Bridgeport.

She signed the lease for Artistic’s current location in January, but the physical renovations were not completed until early April.

“We were trying to save every penny,” Ramsubhag said.

Although little more than just an open space in January, the property was “not too overwhelming, it was well maintained to be abandoned,” she said.

Doing most of the physical labor themselves, Ramsubhag praised his father and husband for their tireless efforts. She still needed to invest an additional $ 10,000 to complete the work.

His mind, however, was not shaken. She said the support of her community was still there at her inauguration in June as Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia and Prophet Sadie Miles of the Ramsubhag Congregation, House of Prophecy and Prayer, stood at its sides to cut the ribbon.

“It was a blessing,” Ramsubhag said.

In return for his good fortune, Ramsubhag also got involved in his community. An active member of her congregation and owner of a small business making a positive impact on the local economy, she is also involved with the Hope Works Open Door shelter in Norwalk. The program prepares and trains low-income and homeless residents to find employment. Ramsubhag provides haircutting and makeup services to help them in their endeavors.

“We make women feel good,” Ramsubhag said of his service at Hope Works.

Stephanie Linton, an 18-year-old recently graduated from Briggs High School in Norwalk, lends a helping hand to the salon. Working as Ramsubhag’s assistant, she fulfills the role of an apprentice, trying to absorb all the experiences.

“I’m just trying to learn,” Linton said, “I want to get into the hair business in the future.”

Artistic Hair Design can be contacted at (203) 899-1858 or www.artistichairdesign.info.

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