by MICHELLE TREMBLAY

Years ago, Claude Azar owned a beauty salon but sold it so she could focus on her family. Four children later, and with the unwavering support of her husband, Claude is not only the successful owner of 4S Ranch salon, Salon de Claude, but about to embark on a whole new venture – opening a second salon on the campus of University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

About two years ago, UCSD publicly announced they would be accepting proposals from qualified applicants for the operation of an on-campus salon. Claude, along with a slew of salon owners from all over San Diego and Los Angeles, promptly submitted a proposal. Seven months later, following a complicated selection process, UCSD announced Claude as the winner. “Selection was based on quality, content, and best offer,” explained Claude. “UCSD reserved the right to visit the participants’ existing salons to ensure they met the highest standard of hair care expertise.”

The selection committee for UCSD clearly liked what they saw in Salon de Claude. Known for its high-end, chic environment, its professional staff, and quality service, Salon de Claude has made a name for itself. “Our philosophy will and has been to follow the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in customer service and satisfaction,” said Claude.

Committed to maintaining this philosophy at the UCSD salon, Claude plans for the salon to appeal to young adults. “We want the UCSD salon to be an affordable, yet luxurious place for students and staff to relax and be pampered,” stated Claude. “We want to create a sleek and modern environment for students to enjoy and feel comfortable using its provided services and products.”

Using the latest techniques and equipment, the salon will be offering a wide range of services including: waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, and women’s hair coloring.

The most rewarding part of her career, Claude admitted, has been “looking back and seeing where hair has taken me, and the impact I’ve had on so many people. To build esteem in a client and to bring out that gorgeous look in someone makes me feel like I’m living for a purpose!”

Claude is surely a successful business woman in her own right, but she credits her family and clients for her accomplishments. “I’m so grateful to have such a supporting and loving family along with such loyal clients who allow our staff to strive for excellence,” said Claude. “Without them, my dreams wouldn’t have been possible.”

The UCSD salon, recently named Campus-Pro Hair Studio, is set to open this September.

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Name: Claude Azar
Profession: Master Hair Stylist/ Colorist
Education: Cosmetology
Family: Married with four children
Business: Salon de Claude
Established: 2010
Mission: Superior Services, excellent results
Website: www.SalondeClaude.com
Phone: 858-705-6051

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