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1) What inspired your decision to open a hair salon/spa business?


A wonderful opportunity presented itself! I had been working at a small salon down the street, and the owner (who was retiring) provided the option to purchase the salon. My two brothers had already started their own businesses, and they felt it was very important for me to be in business for myself. I was fortunate to have my family's support and decided to go ahead and purchase the business. I brought in a salon consulting firm and put many systems in place to help further employee growth in our industry. Since then, I have relocated and expanded. We have been in business for 29 years and have grown from 6 employees (2 of them are still working at Forbici) to 40 employees. As an owner, you can never stop building or growing your business. If you do not continue to grow and evolve, the business will fail.


2) How would you describe the culture at Forbici? What type of people tend to really thrive here?


We have a very team oriented environment. The primary focus of our staff is truly to help our guests look and feel the best that they can. That passion translates in the work that they do. I do not advance team members who are not committed to ongoing education along with dedication to our guests and our team, as it is imperative for our success.


3) What are some of the toughest challenges you have faced over the years?


There have been two: 2011 was an incredibly challenging year financially. Many of our busiest employees left to do other things and we lost about 25% of revenue. Looking back on that time taught me a great deal. It is unfortunate that we have to go through things like that in order to grow and learn, but it certainly provides perspective and gratitude for how far we have come. The other challenge has been dealing with the Covid pandemic. Closing the doors on my business for nearly 3 months without knowing how we would survive was incredibly difficult emotionally. We had just achieved our best year in business, and then we were instantly faced with whether we would have staff or guests when we returned to the salon. We have also had to navigate the ongoing challenge that people are not as patient as they used to be, and at times, this has taken the fun out of our job.


4) What do you believe differentiates a good salon from one that is really great?


The simple answer is the colleagues. You can have the nicest, state-of-the-art equipment, but without the commitment from leadership and the team to continue to grow their education and passion for their craft, the guests will not return and the business will not be successful. Everything is tied to the team that works together.


5) What do you like most about working at Forbici?


Growing my team members. The most rewarding thing I get to do is to take a recent graduate from cosmetology school, teach them business acumen and technical skills and within a few years they are able to purchase their own condo. Having the ability to help make these young people independent and financially secure is the most rewarding thing I get to do!


6) How will you measure the success of the salon going forward?


Financial growth is imperative to stay in business, especially in this unpredictable economy. But truly the biggest indicator of business success is the continued growth of employee and guest satisfaction. If a team isn't evolving, happy and fulfilled, there is a ripple effect. The guests will ultimately feel it, and the business will become stagnant.


Forbici has been fortunate and committed to standing the test of time. Our dedicated leadership and team keeps looking to the future while ensuring we do our very best to keep our long standing guests feeling and looking their best. We are in the business of self care and during these crazy times, people are seeking spaces to prioritize and take care of themselves.


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We love this time of year when the salon is bustling with holiday cheer and all the while, our hairstylists and colorists have visions of all those fabulous new cuts and styles that will be trending in 2022!


"Get ready for even more nostalgic looks to return at both ends of the spectrum. We will see lots of low maintenance natural texture along with sleek styles that push bold expression.

The bob is a timeless hairstyle that’s expected to dominate in the year to come — especially since it involves a serious chop."



A sharp, blunt bob is a classic style that will continue to be popular in 2022,” Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s, tells Bustle. This chin-grazing cut is super chic and versatile — it looks good with all hair types, including straight hair, thin hair, or curls.”



So, maybe you don’t want to commit to s short styled bob? There is a long bob called a “lob” which is a modern take on blunt bob. This is a great option for anyone looking to go shorter in the new year but doesn’t want to get the classic bob.


“Textured layers are something we’ve seen added to so many haircuts and it doesn’t look like the style is going away anytime soon. One thing that’s so great about these layers is that they’re very movable and can be paired with short or long hair. So, really anybody can sport this style and it’s going to be one of the easiest hairstyle trends 2022.”



As for the color forecast, want to go darker during this winter?We will definitely see this trend carrying itself well into 2022. Ask your colorist for a chocolate brown hue.


Here’s a list we compiled of what we expect to be seeing in the NEW YEAR!

  • Textured Layers

  • Blunt Bob

  • Wispy Bangs

  • Effortless Braids

  • Brunette Hair Color

  • Blunt Lobs

  • Long Layered Haircut

  • Shaggy Bob


It’s Here!! Forbici has added the luxury brand Kérastase Paris. World-renowned as the leaders in professional haircare, Kérastase Paris combines innovative technologies with the

ultimate salon experience. Pop in and grab one of these products or any of our other incredible hair and skin offerings.



Looking for a little self pampering after the holidays are over? Forbici Gift Packages allow you to select services and bundle them! Choose from rejuvenating Spa Services including Massage, Wraps, Facials, and Complete Manicure and Pedicure Services featuring the award-winning Forbici Pedicure. Best of all Gift Cards are wrapped and ready to give! Gift cards are available at our Arlington Heights storefront for all services. Perhaps you wish to let the recipient choose their service? Instant gift certificates that allow you to select a design, customize and print!

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This year stress levels are high and people are greatly in need of some serious self-care. Tis’ the season of giving—giving presents, giving your time, and even giving of yourself to the extended family! It’s no surprise that during the holidays you might feel zapped and depleted. So make sure you set a reminder NOT to forget yourself during this crazy season of cheer! Pick a day on the holiday calendar and schedule that much needed appointment for a massage or relaxing pedicure.


We also understand that holiday shopping might not be high on your priority list right now (like you need any more holiday balls to juggle!). That’s why we’ve put together a collection of must have, last-minute salon and spa holiday gifts that are sure to make everyone on your list happy, healthy, and a little less stressed. The bonus is: you can be done with your shopping in just a few clicks or while you are getting your fabulous new hairstyle for the holidays!


Looking to give the ultimate gift of indulgence? Forbici Gift Packages allow you to select services and bundle them! Choose from rejuvenating Spa Services including Massage, Wraps, Facials, and Complete Manicure and Pedicure Services featuring the award-winning Forbici Pedicure. Best of all Gift Cards are wrapped and ready to give! Forbici Gift Cards are available at our Arlington Heights storefront for all services.


Perhaps you wish to let the recipient choose their service? Our Instant gift certificates allow you to select a design, customize and print out your certificate today!


Coming in December, Forbici will be adding the luxury brand Kérastase Paris. World-renowned as the leaders in professional haircare, Kérastase Paris combines innovative technologies with the ultimate salon experience. Pop in and grab one of these products or any of our other incredible hair and skin offerings. Who doesn’t love yummy luxury products?!



We all know that it's essential to have high-quality hair products and tools to keep our locks looking healthy, which is why we spend so much time on our haircare routines. We need to pay close attention to the heat tools we use. After all, if we're applying heat to our hair on a daily basis, we don’t want to damage our or weaken our strands. A good blow dryer will also increase shine, decrease fly aways and won't make your arm tired in the process. If you are looking for professional dryers, flat irons or curling irons we have you covered this holiday season!



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