Inger Ellen Nicolaisen founded Nikita Hair in 1984, driven by her entrepreneurial spirit and determination to provide for her family, which began at a young age as she raised her three brothers in a 300-person village in Norway. After working in a hair salon and discovering her passion for the beauty industry, Nicolaisen established her first salon, Nikita. With a focus on quality of service and customer experience, the business expanded to 150 hair salons across Europe, and now aims to tap into the $75 billion U.S. hair and beauty market through franchising. The initial investment is estimated to be between $220,500 to $334,300, including a $43,500 franchise fee.
Nikita Hair sets itself apart from others in the salon services space with its extensive menu of services and personalized customer care, making it a trusted advisor to its clients. The brand values its strong culture and supports A Hand to Children, a foundation that helps children in need through food and clothing, by donating a portion of the proceeds from every haircut. The business opportunity is further enhanced by its exclusive Eleni and Chris product line, which has generated strong revenue, nearly three times higher than the industry standard.
Nikita Hair is looking for franchisees with management experience and people skills, not necessarily expertise in hairstyling. The brand’s U.S. presence is established in Boca Raton, Florida, with studios in South Carolina and Cincinnati set to open in 2020, and plans to sign agreements for 15 more salons this year, with a focus on the Southeast region. With a strong company culture and prime market availability, the Nikita Hair franchise is a cost-effective way to own a business in the beauty and salon services space.