2 hairdressers from Albuquerque open their very own salon

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – While some people need jobs, others create their own. Two Albuquerque hairdressers decided to open their own salon and put down roots.

There are no clippings on the floor yet, but the owners Diana Chaparro and Erin Sanchez are ready to get to work. “The ultimate goal for me was to always open my thing,” said Chaparro.

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Chaparro and Sanchez both worked in another salon in northeast Albuquerque, but in 2020 they bought a space in front of Eubank and Montgomery to open the Desert Roots Salon. “We just decided to take the risk and just give it a try,” said Chaparro.

The pandemic has inspired them to take their future into their own hands. “It was really about that I wanted to be responsible for myself because it was during the first shutdown,” said Sanchez.

They will try to hire at least five more employees when they hopefully open in June. “You have an idea and now it’s like being physical in front of you and it’s fun to see,” Sanchez said.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a pandemic dream without some setbacks. “We’ve been looking for track lights everywhere, but apparently nobody has anything,” said Chaparro.

After over a month of hunting, they finally found some. Between getting credit and paperwork, they’re a little behind.

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“Things are happening all the time during construction, and as we hope to open in April, it obviously didn’t happen, none of this is unexpected to us,” said Chaparro. Despite the delays, they only focus on the trip and remain optimistic.

“I think we made the right decision. I don’t think there will be another shutdown, who knows, but in my opinion we made the right decision,” said Chaparro. Because they know when to open, they have the support.

“Fortunately, we are both blessed that all of our clients from our old salon will follow us into this salon,” said Chaparro. In the meantime, they will continue to design and plan their perfect space.

Under current health guidelines, they can operate at 50% capacity as long as Bernalillo County stays in the green.

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