Business: Halos and Wired Hair Salon

Owner: Samantha Ford, 24, of Egg Harbor City

Location: 3143 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township, in the Bon Ton Plaza

Started: 1999, acquired in March

Employees: 9

Phone: 609-677-8880, 609-677-9468

Halos specializes in children's haircuts, hair styling, everything to do with hair.

There are four stations at Halos, each with a flat-screen television. They can watch anything they want, and we also have little video games we plug into the TVs, so they can also play a game.

The styling chairs are sized for children, instead of the usual adult chairs.

We carry two lines of kids' products. One is Hip Peas, an all-natural line of shampoos, conditioners, cradle cap oil, a curling cream, and a balm for boys' short hairstyles. Another line is Fairy Tales Hair Care for Children, which has repellents for head lice.

Typically haircuts are $13.95 for the kids. After they get their hair cut, they're allowed to pick a prize out of the treasure chest, and if their parents allow, have a lollypop.

We make a big deal out of their first haircut and give them a certificate saying they survived their first haircut. We give them a little bag for a lock of their hair to put in the baby book.

Now that it's summertime, a lot of boys like to get Mohawks and a lot of girls like colored hair extensions or features.

We offer glamour treatments for girls, for example for their birthday, including an up-do, makeup and their nails painted. That usually runs $25 to $30.

The Wired side is for adults. All the girls there specialize in Goldwell hair coloring.

We do keratin treatments, haircuts, color, highlighting, basically anything dealing with hair.

We offer fusion hair extensions, single strands of human hair that have a keratin glue at the end and we actually will fuse it to the customer's hair. You can do about 200 to 300 strands to do a full head of extensions. They last four to six months, if the customer maintains them.

We also do men's haircuts, which start at $18. For women, a wash, cut and blow dry is $30.

Entry: I went to cosmetology school, graduating in 2008. While there, I worked in a beauty supply store.

After working in a couple of salons, I got a job at Halos and Wired. Four years later, the owner offered me the salon so she could focus on another business.

We remodeled the whole salon in April, so just about everything is new.

Business editor Kevin Post