Jennifer Fontana is a colorist and owner of Cristophe Salon Newport Beach. In 2010, she and her husband took ownership of the salon located in Fashion Island. “We infused new life into Cristophe Salon Newport Beach and turned the salon around in a down economy by remodeling the space, creating a sleek retail environment and building a strong, hand-picked team of beauty and hair care
professionals,” Fontana said.

In addition to owning and operating the salon and coloring hair, Fontana launched Hairgloss “Salon Gloss to Go,” a Fontana Brands, LLC product available in eight different shades. “Formulated to retain color and shine, I created the gloss for clients who want to maintain that ‘fresh from the salon’ look in between visits,” she said. “Along with my husband, I also launched Badass Baby, a line of chemical-free baby products including shampoo, creams, baby powders and more.”

Fontana agrees that having a business and a family is definitely a balancing act. “Both are very important to me,” she said. “I think I can do it all, but I have wonderful support from my husband and parents, which makes everything so much easier! I used to work crazy hours, from open to close. Now, I am so happy working and enjoying my clients and being at the salon until 3 p.m. Once I get home, it’s strictly kid time!”

She encourages other business owners to ask for support even when you think you can do it all. And, she says “Enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast! Work will always be there but kids grow in the
blink of an eye. Don’t stress about the little things, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”

Fontana markets her salon with the help of a PR agency and online with services such as Yelp and social media. “I understand the importance of Facebook and Twitter, and use it as a way to keep a pulse on the community and interact with potential clients by offering tips and trends, and special promotions,” she said.

You can find the Cristophe Salon Newport Beach online here.