What is better? Do you have to wait in a daunting line at the salon or your hairdresser will stop in your driveway and serve you from the comfort of your home?
Hair Come The Comb, a mobile salon created by Alicia Pilalas in 2020, was born like many companies during the pandemic. The mobile lounge serves the entire South Shore and beyond, including Brockton, Bridgewater, Abington and Whitman.
Pilalas, who has been a hairdresser for 20 years, decided to take the plunge and start her own business.
During the shutdown, many customers booked Pilalas to do yard and driveway haircuts. However, the increase in clientele has led her to think outside the box and provide a more convenient salon experience in the long run.
After watching a friend convert her van into a mobile home for cross-country travel, the Pembroke resident’s brain started spinning.
“I started exploding and getting an insane number of house call requests, and then I thought about opening a mobile salon,” Pilalas said.
She went down the rabbit hole of research and watched others turn their vans into beautiful livable homes.
It was then that the idea of creating a mobile living room came to fruition.
Once the hairdresser had done her research, it was time to search for the perfect vehicle.
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Coming up with the idea was much easier than executing it.
The quest to find a large van during quarantine was difficult and the hardest part of the process, Pilalas said.
It took seven months to find and secure a van and another six months to transform a regular van into a glamorous mobile lounge. Pilalas traveled to Maine but had no luck in the search.
“It was frustrating to wait so long to find a van and get the salon running. I was looking forward to working and knew it would be a success. A mobile salon is so convenient for clients, especially my clients old people who can’t get out of the house often,” Pilalas said.
The Salon on Wheels officially opened in February 2022, bringing the full salon experience to the region. Pilalas works with all hair types, and her most popular services include client color, blowouts, and haircuts.
“I’m curly-hair friendly and can do perms, relaxers, keratin treatments, and Brazilian blowouts,” Pilalas says.
Not only does Pilalas offer hair color and haircuts, but she also does eyelash extensions, waxing, hair treatments and services for special occasions.
Pilalas invested over $110,000 to bring his dream to life.
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“It was a huge investment, but it’s amazing and empowering to be a business owner,” Pilalas said.
Although becoming an entrepreneur is difficult, Pilalas wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
A rewarding aspect of owning a salon is creating your own schedule, being your own boss, and making people feel confident, Pilalas said.
Pilalas doesn’t hesitate to make a home visit at 6 a.m. to make sure his client is confident before going to work. Or even working late after the normal opening hours of a 9-5 salon.
The mobile lounge serves the entire South Shore and beyond, including Brockton, Bridgewater, Abington and Whitman.
His advice to future entrepreneurs is to stay consistent and keep trying. It took Pilalas almost two years for Hair Comes The Comb to officially launch, and there were many times she wanted to quit.
“Don’t give up. There were so many obstacles and times when I wanted to throw in the towel. When something doesn’t work, there is always an alternative and eventually a solution for everything. Patience was a virtue for me,” Pilalas said. .
Alisha Saint-Ciel, corporate staff reporter, can be reached by email at [email protected] You can follow her on Twitter at @alishaspeakss and Instagram at Alishaatv. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.