A little seed goes a long way

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 23:00
Local salon featured in national magazine
Hilary Pullen, owner, operator and stylist at the Mustard Seed Salon, uses only ammonia free hair products. “I decided to make the choice for the health of myself, my employees and my clients,” she said.

A local business hit the big time last month.

The Mustard Seed, a chic and colorful little salon tucked away at the end of Hanson Road, was featured in the April edition of “American Salon.”

“In every small town across America, there’s at least on salon that raises the bar for everyone else,” the article begins.

The Mustard Seed, owned and operated by Hilary Pullen, has been opened since last May.

The exterior of the building is painted a type of chartreuse green. Inside, it’s homey and inviting, with a small bench located right inside the door (“We just put that in,” Pullen said.) and gleaming wood floors. The stations are arranged with clean and comforting angles, and the atmosphere is both comforting yet professional.

But the most noticeable thing upon walking inside is what you don’t notice, namely, the chemical smell that pervades most salons.

“We use mostly organic, ammonia-free products,” Pullen said. “I decided to make the choice for the health of myself, my employees and my clients.”

The salon favors Organic Color System, a brand of hair color certified ammonia free, vegan and cruelty free by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Pullen, originally from Napa, Calif., moved to Eagle River 13 years ago to marry her husband, Harvey Pullen. She worked at Darjon’s Hair Salon & Spa for about 12 years before opening The Mustard Seed.

“I’ve always wanted to do hair,” she said. “Growing up with my sisters and neighborhood kids, we’d play store and house and I’d always want to do their hair and makeup.”

She decided to open her own salon after experiencing headaches, which she attributed to the amonia smells found in most salon products.

She eyed the building that presently houses the salon for over a year.

“Whenever I drove past I’d always think, it would make a cute little shop,” she said.

One day, a realtor who was getting her hair done in the chair next to Pullen’s work station mentioned the property.

“I honestly feel that it all fell into my lap,” Pullen said.

The following day she looked at the property, talked with her husband and decided to go for it.

It was scary and stressful, she said, yet she has no regrets.

“I felt like it was meant to be,” she said.

The salon currently employs four stylists, including Pullen, and an esthetician.

Business has so far exceeded her expectations.

“We’re getting more requests for organic processes,” she said “People are becoming more aware of what they put on their bodies.”

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