Monica Ladd and her niece, Andria Rodolfich, have long shared a dream of opening their own salon.
“The beauty industry has always been in our blood; I had one of the first nail salons in the state of Oregon at a very early age,” says Ladd. In addition to her background in the gaming industry, she’s been involved in every facet of the beauty business — from teaching to product manufacturing.
Rodolfich also had a passion for the industry, and after graduating from cosmetology school, she worked at several successful salons throughout the country as she and her husband moved with the military. Ladd returned to South Mississippi a few years ago, and Rodolfich followed this year.
The pair realized their dream with the Jan. 4 opening of The Beauty Bar Boutique & Medispa in Biloxi — of which Ladd is the president and CEO while Rodolfich is CFO and operations manager. The business was such a resounding success, Ladd says, that they opened a second location six months later in Ocean Springs.
“We want the Ocean Springs location to focus on state-of-the-art medical cosmetics, such as laser treatments and microneedling,” she says. “Ocean Springs allows us to also focus on signature facials and our very popular brow and lash services. We host many parties and social events there as well.”
According to its mission statement, the Beauty Bar aims to provide “big city results with a hometown feel.” Typical customers, says Ladd, are people who are extremely busy but care about themselves.
“They are hardworking mothers and fathers,” she adds, “along with busy career people that want to look and feel good.” The salon takes care of its clientele from head to toe, including facials, dermaplaning, waxing, manicures, pedicures and numerous brow- and lash-enhancement procedures. The laser and microneedling services the Beauty Bar offers are medical-grade treatments, according to Ladd, and fillers and injectables also are available.
“We are educated in the newest technical processes for each service offered,” she says.
Brow services, says Ladd, are an example of how the Beauty Bar goes above and beyond the typical salon experience. Whether a client comes in for a simple shaping or a more complex procedure like microblading, mapping is done in advance to ensure her brows are the perfect shape for her face.
“The biggest reward is the look on our customers’ faces when their service is complete,” Ladd says. “They glow with beauty and joy both on the inside and outside.”
The next venture for the business, Ladd continues, is expanding into esthetics education, from the basics to advanced training and certifications. Whatever the coming years have in store, The Beauty Bar always will strive to ensure a remarkable experience with each and every visit.
“The Mississippi Coast has the most loving people,” Ladd says, “and we want to treat them in a way that they will know how special they are!”
IF YOU GO
BEAUTY BAR BOUTIQUE & MEDISPA
1019 Government St., Suite G, Ocean Springs; 2628 Executive Place, Suite G, Biloxi
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.