Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Just when everyone is looking to get their hair cut, Split Ends, a new family-oriented salon, has opened in Fort Frances. Split Ends is located on 262 Church St., and is currently preparing for its grand opening on Saturday, June 27.
Megan Finlayson, owner of Split Ends, said owning a salon has always been her life dream.
“I have been a hairdresser for 20 years,” Finlayson said. “I really like having my own salon. I like to be my own boss, come and go as I please, book whenever I want.”
Split Ends was initially scheduled to open on March 23. However, after COVID-19 restrictions closed salons province-wide, the opening was delayed.
Split Ends opened last week with extended hours, to allow for COVID spacing. Finlayson said clients are very reasonable about procedures that have to be followed in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
“We have masks, sanitization, wipes, lots of Lysol and sprays,” Finlayson said. “We have to space out our appointments so that there are not multiple people in here. There’s only the two of us and we have our chairs six feet apart. We’re able to both work and each have a client.”
Finlayson does not work alone. Chelsey Menchions, her longtime friend, also works with her.
“We both lived here previously and we both did hair in this town. We have both been doing hair and we had our own salons before. Most of the time [Chelsey] works evenings because she has two young children at home and I work during the day. It works well,” Finlayson said.
Both Finlayson and Menchions have experience working as hairdressers at both home and commercial salons. So far, both of them served about 200 clients since they first opened on June 19.
“I’m just coming from an in-home salon. I had a salon at home,” Menchions said. “I’m just out in the public now for the first time. It’s exciting and nice to be in the community because we just moved back to town. We want our little space to be comfortable, cozy and welcoming to everyone.”
Split Ends offers a wide range of services from trimming to colouring and highlights. According to a pricing list on their Facebook page, women’s haircut is $25, men’s haircut is $20 and a foil highlight is $65 and up. They use gentler products in thier colouring service, they said.
The grand opening on Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be cookies, and attendance, booking and entry draws for a chance to win a free haircut.