Emily Balistreri works on
the hair of Lindy Fiste of Hartford on Tuesday at
Volumize Hair Studio in Slinger.
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SLINGER — It was a momentous occasion for Emily
Balistreri when she opened the hair salon, Volumize
Studio at 103 Kettle Moraine Drive South, Slinger, about
seven months ago.
her, the opening was the culmination of a path she set
for herself when she was in elementary school.
career in cosmetology began when Balistreri attended a
career fair in the fifth grade. Many years later, she
can still recall the moment when she realized what she
wanted to be when she grew up.
always knew that I liked being creative with hair,”
Balistreri said. “I am just an artistic person. I
remember walking into the gym and the first station was
the hair salon station. I was immediately drawn to it.
The lady presenting, she had addressed me in the
audience because I had a bunch of different colors in my
hair and she said, ‘You look like a cosmetologist.’”
That interaction ignited a passion within her that led
her to owning a hair salon. The woman who gave the
presentation offered her a position at her salon when
she entered high school, starting as a receptionist and
makeup artist before putting herself through
graduated in 2011 and rented a space with an owner of a
hair salon. Renting space, or a chair, from an owner is
starting to become a regular practice. A cosmetologist
will pay the shop owner for a fee for the space and the
individual retains the profits from the services that
was great,” she said of the experience. “It was great
stepping stone for where I wanted to be in the future. I
got to meet a lot of stylists and learn what I was
doing, master my craft.”
is what Balistreri did for four years before finally
claiming her own space in Slinger.
The exterior of Volumize Hair Studio is seen Tuesday in
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am just very much a leader,” Balistreri said when she
decided to operate her own location. “I have a lot of
ideas. I have a standard that I expect for my business
and I like to offer the general public an exceptionally
clean facility. When you are not the owner, it is not
easy to do because you are not in charge.”
stylists offer a variety of services, from several
styles of precision haircuts and specialty hair colors.
The location also offers massages for clients to
diversify the service. The individual was an
occupational therapist and offers different services
that include a hot stone massage and kinesiotaping.
the owner, Balistreri offers the same opportunities to
her staff that she had. They are all renters with at
least a decade’s worth of experience in the industry.
They rent space from her but operate their own hours and
services—retaining the money they generate from the
services they provide.
just want to make sure that my passion for this business
is relayed,” Balistreri said. “It is my passion and I
take a lot of pride in offering this.”