By: Felipe Francois
Crowds gathered at the Vince Smith Hair Experience Salon on a blazing hot Thursday evening to celebrate the salon’s 21st anniversary in its current location near Battery Park City. Guests munched on delectable treats and cocktails, courtesy of Hypnotiq, and tried their luck on the Wheel of Fortune to win prizes. In honor of the 21st anniversary, hair services were available for just $21 (regular value $67). Founder and owner Vince Smith mingled with staff, friends, and clients to mark over two decades of success in the hair industry.
Vince Smith began his career in hair care in 1979 when the former singer, dancer and musician decided to skip pursuing a bachelor’s degree and instead delve into the hair industry. He worked in a salon on the 44th floor of the World Trade Center and decided to venture to his own salon in Battery Park after seeing plans for the development of the neighborhood. Twenty-one years later, Vince is still thriving with a strong client base and an ideal location in Manhattan.
When asked what contributed to his success, Vince said that clients know he really cares for their hair and he establishes a relationship with them. His top priority is to provide clients with the best possible service. Vince understands the importance of ensuring that staff is well taken care of and he is constantly growing, changing, and educating himself to keep pace with changing trends, while promoting growth and change in his own staff.
Bridget Goldsmith has been a client of Vince Smith for the past 29 years, and her daughter now works full-time at the salon. When asked what has kept her coming back to Vince’s salon after all these years, she replied, “I love him. He’s a really sweet person and really knows his stuff.” She re-iterated how Vince travels to shows to see the latest trends and that he’s very progressive. Through the years, Vince has managed to elevate himself and his salon to new heights and provide clients with exceptional level of service that attracts new faces and keeps the familiar ones coming back.