For an instant look into how pleased clients are at Hair Spray, all you need to do is glance at Monica Cuadros’ Instagram account, Hairbymonicaa. “Beautiful,” “Love it” and “Looks so good,” read some of the compliments.
At 25, the dynamic hairstylist is just one of the creative family members who have made Hair Spray a salon staple in Ozone Park for the past 10 years.
Monica attributes her passion for styling to her mother, Emma Cuadros. Before 2003, Emma was simply living out her own passion for styling hair as a recreational activity at the request of enthusiastic friends. Emma originally learned from her own mother and relatives while growing up in the Dominican Republic.
She then came to the United States and met Carlos, her future husband and business partner, who would help establish Hair Spray at 98-17 101 Ave. in 2003. In a testament to their growing popularity in the community, they expanded with the opening of Brush just down the road at 89-01 101 Ave. in 2010.
Emma works seven days a week to ensure that every visitor gets quality care. “You’re going to be happy when you leave,” said Emma, who has more than 10 years of experience to back that claim up.
Despite the standard scheduled 10 a.m. start to the day, Emma has been known to open her doors hours earlier should a wedding party be in need. In keeping with the festive nature of the salon’s namesake, the hit Broadway musical, visitors were treated to an anniversary celebration in November, with music, treats and $20 blowouts as the salon staff worked all day for their customers.
“It’s like family there,” said Carlos, recalling that although the styling stopped at 7 p.m., closing time, the party went on for two more hours, with a room packed with customers.
The family largely attributes the salon’s success through the years through word-of-mouth recommendation. Their reputation has garnered clients throughout the five boroughs, as well as Upstate New York and even some from Florida, who, Monica said, often come once a month to get their hair done.
For the salon, quality is the top priority for customers and each stylist will make sure to suggest the best haircut suited for a client. If it’s a shiny updo for a prom or a simple “brush” and “spray,” the stylists will make sure that every style is worth a photo share and a “love it” comment.
Hair Spray offers styling options for all types of hair for men, women and children. In addition to hair styling, Brush also offers nail care.
Both salons are open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Hair Spray call (718) 835-6242 and for Brush call (718) 489-1373.