Mina Floros, co-owner of Lounge Hair Studio in Denville, always wanted to style hair, but never imagined owning a salon. The Morris Plains mom of an 8-year-old daughter took the leap from stylist to owner in 2004 and never looked back. Her notable clients include Denise Miller-Jonas, mom of the Jonas Brothers, and Linda Schmitt, a reporter at Fox 5 News. We asked Mina about her entrepreneurial journey and go-to hair product for busy moms.
New Jersey Family: You spent 12 years working as a stylist at Depasquale The Spa in Morris Plains. How did you go from being a stylist at a popular salon to opening your own hair studio?
Mina Floros: I always knew as a young girl that I wanted to be a hair stylist and work in a big salon, but never imagined owning my own business. I have to give thanks to my business partner, Kristin Magner, who had the idea of going into business together. We met in beauty school at the age of 19 and became great friends. After working together for 10 years, we decided to open our salon.
NJF: What are you best known for?
MF: I love to create a connection with every guest. My goal is to give them the best experience and create an entire look to fit their lifestyle and hair needs. There’s nothing better than when a guest thanks me and says, “I can’t wait to come back.”
NJF: What’s the one hair product you always carry in your bag?
MF: My go-to is Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream. It’s hand cream for your hair and adds moisture and shine to dull, dry hair.
NJF: What are your favorite things to do in NJ with your daughter?
MF: We love to go to Zinburger because it’s mommy/daughter friendly. The food is excellent and the truffle fries are a must. We also enjoy roller skating at the Florham Park Roller Rink. When summer comes around, you can find us at Le Club Avenue beach club in Long Branch.
NJF: What advice do you have for an aspiring salon owner?
MF: Make sure you have a clear vision. Know that there are going to be ups and downs, but with hard work, dedication and passion, you can create your dream salon.