FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Just nine months after she celebrated the grand opening of her CKC Salon & Keratin Bar in Fairfield, Ella Sandin staged another ribbon cutting at her second Fairfield location.
Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Beverly Balaz, president of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, were on hand Monday to welcome the second storefront at 1521 Black Rock Turnpike.
“This is another example of Fairfield being friendly to small business and having a certain demographic to support small business,” Tetreau said.
Sandin said the success of her first two salons is a testament to her way of doing business.
“I love hair. It inspires me,” she said. “But I was tired of seeing people spend such money to be pretty every day. We give a high-end experience without ripping you off.”
The CKC in the salon’s name stands for “Color-Keratin-Cut,” the order the salon uses to service its clients, Sandin said. The popular original salon is at 254 Post Road in Fairfield.
Sandin left her home country of Peru at just 19 with dreams of building a career in the U.S. salon industry. Since then she’s been a creative force, climbing her way to senior stylist and earning master-level certifications in Wella and Brazilian keratin treatment.
If she looks vaguely familiar, perhaps you've seen her on an oft-repeated episode of HGTV's "House Hunters Renovations." She and her husband, Michael, still live in the Fairfield home they chose and renovated on the popular series.
CKC Salon offers haircuts for men, women and children, as well as blowouts and styling. Other services include keratin treatments to smooth hair and eliminate frizz, coloring and eyebrow and facial waxing.
With 12 years in the business in Fairfield County, Sandin said she has developed a following and many clients have followed her to the new locations.
“You do your best and they keep coming back,” she said.
CKC Salons are open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a late closing of 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The salon is open Saturdays from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To reach the original Post Road location, call 203-292-5835. To reach the Black Rock Turnpike shop, call 475-282-4863. For more information, visit the website .