Two Haywood Community College cosmetology graduates recently joined together to open a new salon in Clyde. Samantha Green and Alexa Sorrells now operate Directions Salon after gaining experience in the field from working in an upscale salon.

“This was the next step,” Green says. “I wanted to bring my vision to life.”

For Sorrells, this new salon combines the best of what she picked up from her experiences. “Through working on a commission basis and through booth rental, I learned what type of environment I wanted to create. Directions Salon offers high end service in a laid back atmosphere and it’s affordable.”

Located at 7969 Carolina Boulevard, Directions Salon is a full hair salon that is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment only on weekends and evenings. Both Green and Sorrells are Redkin specialists.

Green had curly hair growing up which resulted in bad haircuts. “I want to give people what they want and not what I envision. I can relate to them.”

Both Green and Sorrells say an important part of being a successful stylist is being able to listen to and communicate with clients.

For Sorrells, she finished HCC in 2013 after attending classes in the evenings and working full-time during the day.

She views hair as an art. “To practice any art is hands-on. You have to get the feel for it. At HCC, working on members of the community while still a student in the salon environment gave me confidence. Having the instructors there with you really helps.”

The pair also found an important key to opening their own business was doing their homework. Working with Katy Gould at Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center set them off on the right track from the beginning.

“Katy gave me everything I could possibly need to open the doors of the salon,” Green explains. “She has all the information new business owners need at her fingertips.”

Sorrells agrees. “There’s so much information out there. By working with Katy, we know we are getting it right the first time.”

For more information on HCC’s Cosmetology Program, please call 828-565-4268.

Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of more than 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information.

Donated photo. When Samantha Green and Alexa Sorrells (pictured left to right) graduated from Haywood Community College’s Cosmetology program, they never set out to open their own salon. But recently they joined together to open Directions Salon in Clyde.