»Desk to Success«: The Modern Salon
»Desk to Success«
The Modern Salon – What matters?
- Industry: Hairdressing salon
- Headquarter: Berlin
- Founder: Sascha Boritzki & Jeffrey Herget
Not only at the time of our painting but even today, hair and beauty salons are places where we relax, get together and exchange views – optimally, of course, in a harmonic feel-good atmosphere! We got to the bottom of the question why hairdressers and beauty experts design their salons and institutes the way they do and present to you three very different places in Berlin and their founders.
Please introduce yourselves – who are you and what is special about Schnittstelle? My name is Sascha Boritzki, I am the founder of Schnittstelle. We opened our first salon at Kollwitzplatz in 1998 and have been in this salon in Bergmannstraße for 15 years already.
Where did the idea for Schnittstelle and especially the Aveda Lifestyle Salon come from?
Pretty much exactly one year ago, we switched our salon in Kreuzberg completely to Aveda. Above all, this was a question of zeitgeist. For a long time, we were looking for a brand that acts as close as possible to nature and particularly uses fair trade ingredients. However, it should match our style which is very internationally oriented and thinks beyond the neighbourhood we are in. As a lifestyle salon, we also offer a very large product portfolio of Aveda, our employees are trained regularly and our creative director and our colour director bring in their inspirations and their style.
Are you particularly well-known for certain cuts or colours?
Even though we emphasise on a highly trained team, it’s especially important to us to meet our guests at eye level. This always includes a detailed consultation we are particularly well-known for. We even do that when guests have been coming to us for 20 years because we can never assume that everybody always wants the same haircut. That would be really boring! What’s more, there are special rituals like an Aveda tea or a head or hand massage.
A hairdressing salon as a place for encounters – what does that mean to you?
I think that there are few professions that are as personal with strangers as the hairdresser is. Stories are exchanged quickly, ways of life are discussed. All the more, it’s important to deal with it seriously. Everything that’s discussed here stays here! It is often said that hairdressers are therapists too – and after 15 years in the job I can say: It’s true. And the name of our salon »Schnittstelle« (»intersection«) is not by chance: Guests with completely different characters come to us, from DJ to housewife. A lot happens at these encounters and, of course, a new haircut can change people completely too!
»I think that there are few professions that are as personal with strangers as the hairdresser is. Stories are exchanged quickly, ways of life are discussed. All the more, it’s important to deal with it seriously.«
What was important to you when you set up the salons? Which feeling do you want to create for your clients?
My wife and I always do the furnishing of the salons. We want to give a feeling of home. Each of our shops is stylish but, above all, very cosy. The salon should be lived and a certain patina is always a part of that. We keep changing ourselves and this should be mirrored in small changes in the shops. And the furnishing is not only important for our guests: Especially our employees have to feel comfortable to be able to work productively and creatively.
Glowy Beauty Bar
- Industry: Beauty
- Headquarter: Berlin
- Founders: The company Glowy Cosmetics GmbH was founded by Amelie Hoang but is now run by Amelie Hoang, Tami Hoang & Theresa Schicks.
Please introduce yourselves – who are you and what is special about your salon?
We are the Glowy Beauty Bar, an upscale beauty salon for eyelash, nail and eyebrow treatment with already two studios in Berlin. The special thing about our salon is the possibility of hosting events like hen parties and company activities in our rooms.
Where did the idea for the Glowy Beauty Bar come from?
The desire for independence, my affinity for the beauty industry and the dissatisfaction with the existing beauty salons in Berlin have lead to my wish of founding my own studio. I wanted to create a stylish go-to studio that combines professional treatments, high-quality products and modern zeitgeist.
What kinds of treatments do you offer?
We mainly offer nail, eyelash and eyebrow treatments – in both the studio and the Mobile Beauty Bar for events. Especially popular are the eyelash lifting and the Glowy manicure with shellac.
The salon as a place for encounters – what does that mean to you?
It’s important to us to meet our customers at eye level and that there is a friendly atmosphere. Our salon is the perfect place for some me-time and relaxation but at the same time, it’s a great location to come together with friends. If you want more than just a beauty treatment, you can come back to our Pretty Party offer for smaller groups and companies and combine treatments, drinks and food.
What was important to you when you set up the Beauty Bar? Which feeling do you want to create for your clients?
The furnishing concept is supposed to mirror our brand. »Feel glowy, feel good«, is our principle and the feeling we want to convey to our clients. After visiting us, you should feel pretty and comfortable. We achieve that with the interaction of a modern and cosy furnishing and the procedure and the result of our treatments.
»Our salon is the perfect place for some me-time and relaxation but at the same time, it’s a great location to come together with friends.«