You might assume there is a Wilson at Wilson’s Salon. You’d be right. And wrong.
Before he opened a salon on the corner of Murphy and E Washington, stylist Dung Lam worked at a nearby salon and had a growing group of clients. But a customer who had become a friend told him it was hard to remember to pronounce his name. She asked, as a token to a popular movie of that year named “Cast Away,” if she could call him Wilson.
He liked it. And the name stuck.
Wilson’s Opens Its Doors
By the time he opened his own salon in 2009, he was Wilson to his customers. He decided that it would be Wilson’s Salon and it would be in Sunnyvale. Though S. Murphy wasn’t the hub it is now, Wilson already loved the location, the people and the community spirit.
His goal was to give people a place where their inner vision could come true. One customer came in with a self-drawn hair design that included three colors. It took several hours, but was perfect! Both client and stylist were thrilled.
“Whatever a customer wants, if they bring a picture, we can do it,” Wilson says.
It’s important to Wilson that stylists work with passion and love for their profession. They regularly go to training to stay ahead of fashions and styles. The shop is the only Sunnyvale retailer for Aveda products, and Bumble & bumble. Both of these upscale hair product lines require ongoing education in technique and hair care.
Feeling Good is Great
Beyond the hair style, it’s all about making people feel good. The salon has staff that can speak Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and English. And if words fail, there is a lengthy consultation using pictures and drawings. Straight-A high school students are rewarded with a free hair cut. Children are welcome. Walk-ins are accommodated whenever possible. Rushing to catch an Uber to the airport? Not a problem. Just tell the staff your timing.
Good business at Wilson’s reflects the owner’s attitude. “We love to please our clients. And when you love what you do, that’s easy.”
Wilson’s Salon is located at: 198 South Murphy Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Visit their website or give them a call at: (408) 245-8200
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