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Bungalow/8: Redefining Beauty

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bungalow/8
1120 South 105th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 934-8727
www.bungalow8omaha.com

 

For BUNGALOW/8’s Michael Skradis and Eric Burden, salon services offer more than just a physical transformation. The personal change that a precision haircut or color treatment can have on a client is what is most satisfying.
 

“Scientifically, it is proven that self-esteem and confidence is boosted after visiting a salon, and it is always fulfilling to see someone leave looking confident,” says Skradis, Managing Associate of BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing and Vice-President of EB Concepts, Inc. And confidence, asserts Skradis, “is true beauty.”
 

The two partners opened BUNGALOW/8 in the fall of 2009. At the time, Burden, President of EB Concepts, Inc. and Master Stylist and owner of BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, had 13 years of industry experience. Skradis' background includes cardiac and electrophysiologic patient care as well as Merchant Finance." It was the first salon either had owned. With its creation, the partners carved a unique niche for themselves in the Omaha market. In addition to offering expert technical coloring, precision haircutting, and classic hairstyling services, BUNGALOW/8 is Nebraska’s only salon offering brow shaping and tinting from a nationally certified brow specialist.
 

Creativity and customer care are the crux of their business’ core. They recognize that customers walk through their doors expecting high quality service. But time in a salon should also be restorative and enjoyable. With this in mind, Burden and Skradis sought to establish a salon that offers “the best customer experience rather than just ‘customer service,’” Skradis differentiates.
 

Burden and Skradis believe that continuing education is vital to maintaining unparalleled service. They bring in national educators from beauty industries list of heavy hitters-Bumble and Bumble University, American Crew, Paul Mitchell, Vidal Sassoon, and Wella. BUNGALOW/8 staff also attend national continuing education courses at Bumble and Bumble University in New York, Vidal Sassoon Academy in San Francisco and Chicago, The Studio in Los Angeles and New York, Nick Arrojo in Denver, and Paul Mitchell in Las Vegas. Keeping current with the latest developments in the beauty industry translates into an engaging work environment for the staff and a satisfactory experience for the client. Not content to rest on their previous laurels, Skradis says they “continually focus on raising the benchmark in Omaha by refining what [they] do at BUNGALOW/8.”
 

BUNGALOW/8 stylists also seek to make a difference in the community, an extension of their dedication to customer care. Most recently they have achieved this through their support of breast cancer and childhood cancer research. Skradis says both he and Burden were drawn to the breast cancer cause naturally. Skradis lost a grandmother and aunt to the disease but also saw his great-grandmother and great aunt survive breast cancer. Their success stories in battling cancer cemented his conviction that the disease can be beat, and early detection is the first wave of attack in the war against cancer.
 

Although BUNGALOW/8 has promoted breast cancer and childhood cancer awareness through charitable donations and participation in local events, it has affected change on a very intimate level by helping cancer victims through the emotional impact of losing their hair. Hair is closely linked to a woman’s sense of femininity. Thus, “when a woman loses her hair, sometimes her sense of beauty and femininity goes with it,” Skradis has observed. “As a group of professionals, we try to make this transition as soft and gentle as possible with unending support from our staff.”
 

They have worked one-on-one with women during this vulnerable time of their treatment, have hosted in-salon events for close family and friends of cancer patients, and participated in make-overs for breast cancer patients and survivors.
 

BUNGALOW/8 first became involved with breast cancer awareness in 2009 when it offered what would be its first make-over to a breast cancer survivor. Since then, BUNGALOW/8 stylists have worked with five breast cancer patients directly.
 

And the reward is immeasurable. Says Skradis: “Our entire team has a sense of accomplishment that our help and support truly makes a difference in possibly the hardest and darkest time of a woman’s life. Being there to support someone through her treatment journey and have a direct effect in helping her feel more feminine and beautiful is something that words cannot express.”

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