Cutting trends for two decades

Luling’s Candies & Company celebrates 20 years of styling St. Charles Parish

Heather R. Breaux
April 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

CANDIES & COMPANY. The Luling salon team includes (l to r) Allie Aucoin, Amanda Allday, Wanda Candies, Jenniffer Hudson, Wendy Dufrene and Angela Fahrig.
Photo by Heather R. Breaux
CANDIES & COMPANY. The Luling salon team includes (l to r) Allie Aucoin, Amanda Allday, Wanda Candies, Jenniffer Hudson, Wendy Dufrene and Angela Fahrig.
For over 38 years Wanda Candies has enjoyed her career as a hair stylist in St. Charles Parish, and celebrating 20 years as owner of Luling’s Candies & Company is the icing on the cake.

Candies, 56, first began her career in 1971 when she bought a shop in Mimosa Park and named it the Fortune Cookie.

“I always wanted to own a business of my own and doing hair was my passion,” said Candies. “I started beauty school as as teenager. While my friends were enjoying summer vacation, I was busy learning the ins and outs of the stylist trade.”

On March 28, 1989 Candies & Company opened on River Road in Luling.

“In 1988 I bought Mrs. Horn’s home in Luling and opened the salon that is still in operation today.”

After completely gutting the house, Candies transformed the building into a salon and the rest is history.

“My lifelong friend Wendy Dufrene joined in the business from the beginning as a nail technician,” she added. “And through the years I’ve employed many aspiring business owners and stylists.”

After years of long hours and hard work, the Candies & Company reputation for excellent customer service has allowed them to build a dedicated clientele.

“We value our customers. We realize that we need them and we appreciate them,” said Candies. “I tell my stylists, ‘I don’t sign your paycheck, your clientele does.’”

Candies points out that the keys for a successful business are honesty, friendliness and following the golden rule.

“It’s those three things that have helped us build such a great salon,” she said. “And it’s also the great people coming in who keep us going.”

And the salon keeps clients coming by not only welcoming walk-ins, but by catering to those who can’t make it to the shop themselves.

“We will even pick up our clients who are unable to drive and bring them to the salon,” said Candies. “And we’ll also go pick up what they want for lunch while they’re here.”

Another factor that has helped keep the Candies & Company doors open is that hair styling is always in demand.

“It seems as though that now, more than ever, people are getting their hair done,” added Candies. “And although style and fashion is always changing, our philosophy remains that same - to make our customers happy and keep with the trends.”

Currently, Candies & Company has five stylists, including Candies, and one nail technician, Dufrene.

Angela Fahrig, Allie Aucoin, Jenniffer Hudson and Amanda Allday are the stylists on board - all of whom have had extensive training and education during their years of service.

“Our stylists have educational backgrounds that include the Redken Institute in New York, the Aveda Institute and John Jay,” added Candies. “And we all get along, we’re all friends, but most importantly we’re like family.”

As a seasoned salon owner and stylist Candies has a word of advice for aspiring stylists and business owners.

“If you want to be successful in this business there are a few things you have to do,” she said.

“You have to go to work everyday, be patient and exceed your customers’ needs. Sometimes you’ll have to work really early and others times you’ll have to work late.

“But you must be patient. It normally takes anywhere from seven to 10 years to build a promising salon.”

The Candies & Company service menu includes hair styling that concentrates on coloring, shampooing and cutting. Manicures and pedicures, and makeup services are also available.

“We also do hair, makeup and nails for weddings and special occasions,” added Candies. “And we’ll travel to the bridal party.”

Candies mentions that her salon has an extensive line of Joico products for sale and assures that she uses only the best on her clients.

“What we sell is what we use on our customers,” she said. “And all the products we use are good for your hair and quality name brands.”

In honor of Candies’ 20th anniversary, the salon is offering 20 percent off any service with the coupon that is found in the St. Charles Herald-Guide the last week on each month through August.

Candies & Company is located at 13515 River Road in Luling. Call 985-785-2315 to book your appointment today.

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