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August 12, 2017

Salon of the Month

Salon of the Month: Wax & Wane Waxing Salon

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1. Tell us a little about your salon. What makes you special? What would you want the IN community to know about you?

We are Savannah, Georgia’s first exclusive waxing salon. We provide head to toe waxing services for both men and women. We pride ourselves on not being the quickest wax, but taking our time and being thorough, educating our clients and building positive, professional relationships with each of our guests and our team members. Education and strong relationships are at the core of Wax & Wane. An educated client is a loyal client and the relationships and trust we build translate into a community experience. We strive to build a waxing culture that leaves a positive impression, rather than a painful one. It is our responsibility as waxing specialists and skincare specialists to promote our industry with knowledge and pride.

2. What inspired you to work in this business?

From a young age, I always dreamt of becoming a teacher. I never imagined that I would become an Esthetician. My mom began taking me to get my brows shaped at 12 years old. The 90’s were not kind to eyebrows and my big, bushy Brooke Shield’s brows were no match for the elementary school bullies. I remember feeling confident after my first brow wax and continued to explore skincare services. I found myself looking up to Estheticians as miracle workers. I remember thinking, “how do these skincare specialists manage to help me look great but FEEL so confident as well?” This curiosity translated into a desire to help people feel as beautiful and confident as they helped me feel.

3. What did you choose IN?

We chose Intelligent Nutrients for several reasons. I trained to become an Esthetician at Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. My experience at Aveda Institute enormously shaped my path as a skincare specialist. I always felt proud to share Horst Rechelbacher’s vision of finding beauty in nature and sourcing responsibly. While I was in school, my instructor told me to check out Intelligent Nutrients. Upon my first visit to the Northeast Minneapolis store, I realized that this was not just a store, an apothecary, a product line - It was an experience based on knowledge and education. We only carry products that are developed by companies that we feel we can stand behind. Product pride is an important aspect of educating our clients. We are so honored and excited to share the experience of Intelligent nutrients with our clients and our team.

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Employee Questions:

1) What is your favorite memory of working in a salon?

“My favorite memory of working in a salon was when i called work one day, told them i would be running a few minutes late because I found a stray puppy. Fast forward to a year later, on the anniversary of me finding the puppy (who is now mine) and the salon did a charity event, where we gave a percentage of our services to benefit the humane society of savannah. It was a great moment for me and my dog!” - Sarah W.

“Sometimes Clients come to us wearing stress like a fire blanket. When they return from their services you can feel the calm they have received from conscientious care. These moments, when we have grounded and nurtured our Clients, are my favorite part of working in a salon. Behind the scenes, I love the laughter and the joy that our Tribe shares together. We make a powerful & transformative team!” - Shauna H.

2) What is your most hilarious/ embarrassing service moment?

“Cutting mullets in hair school” - Katrina M.

“I was performing a Brazilian wax and my earring popped out and landed on the client’s butt. Thankfully the client and I were able to laugh it off.” - Sarah F.

“My snufalufagus eyebrows!  Booking appointments in a fast-paced salon often leaves me the hairiest client when it comes time for a fresh new wax.  In these instance I call myself the "Before” to my Client’s beautiful “After”!“ - Shauna H.

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3) What is your favorite hairstyle to create and what IN products do you use in creating it?

We do not perform hair services. But we do LOVE applying the renewing oil serum to our clients post wax and watching their amazement as the redness disappears immediately!

4) What is your favorite IN product and why?

"I’m loving the One Body Refiner. I’m a sucker for jojoba beads and love that this gives a gentle exfoliation and is a power packed enzymatic exfoliant as well. Perfect product for anybody that gets waxed!” - Katrina M

“I am a very tricky fit when it comes to the products that work well with my skin.  I have had intense breakouts on my forehead from slight reoccurring dermatitis. These episodes can be very uncomfortable both cosmetically as well as topically. The dance between different holistic approaches has helped to calm the condition, but it was not until I used the Renewal Complex Skin Serum that I found the fast healing response that I require to Coordinate our Team and truly shine for our Clients!” - Shauna H.

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Contact Information:

Salon Telephone: 912-233-7002

Address: 1917 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Website: www.waxandwanewaxing.com

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Five Questions for Nicole Rechelbacher, IN Co-Owner

We caught up with our fearless leader & daughter of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Intelligent Nutrients and Aveda.

Q: How was your childhood different from others?
A: How wasn’t it? My friends thought my dad looked like John Lennon. He was flying all over the world, cooking clove shampoo in our sink, inviting Tibetan monks and Native elders over, and telling us to eat organic instead of OREOS. We didn’t have a picket fence, we had a mandala.

Q: How did growing with an entrepreneur change your worldview?
A: Creativity was a way of life for us—but so was hustle. I was cutting hair in high school. I was schlepping to shows and assisting him onstage. I was doing makeup backstage at hair shows and photo shoots. All while my friends were working jobs as lifeguards or retail.

Dad was never impressed by who people said they were. He was impressed by what you did. And that instilled a big work ethic in me.

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