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I'm a 53 yr old male hairdresser / instructor looking to relocate to one of the islands.... any info on employment and salaries would be helpful.
Recently divorced and looking to start over.
What do I need to know?

Posted : December 7, 2005 2:37 am
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Hopefully this will give you a start. You can find the VI Licensure information at

Are you planning a pre-move trip down first to check things out, decide which island, visit with possible employers? Are you leaning toward one of the islands?


Posted : December 7, 2005 4:27 pm
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I know a woman who owns a shop in Christiansted. From what she says it sounds like her business is seasonal too, tourists are getting married and are getting their hair done and the locals that work in the service industry have more money to get their hair done. So in season you should not have a problem finding work.

Posted : December 8, 2005 12:05 am
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I wasn't going to do a test trip. I've decided to make it or break it down there. I've nothing to lose here in Ohio.

Posted : December 8, 2005 10:11 pm
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We are going wife has her own salon here in Kentucky...i'm going to be making quite a few trips out there in the next couple of months to check it out....we might think of opening one together...let me see what the word is out there...we are looking primarily at that island and i have access to a 40 ft sailboat there....let me know

Posted : December 11, 2005 2:09 pm
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Sure I'm interested.... will email you...thanks

Posted : December 11, 2005 4:46 pm
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STX tends to be a cheaper place to live than either STT or STJ. People with job skills that are in demand here have an easier time making ends meet during their initial six months on the island.

If you do open a salon on STX, let me know! I haven't found anywhere here yet that I have felt comfortable enough to use. Most of the clientele is of African descent and that's the type of hair the stylists are most used to dealing with. I'm sure I'm not the only relocatee on the island who would prefer having her hair done by stylists with mainland experience.

I don't mean to upset any stylists or salon owners here who have great services. I'm sure there are some... but I haven't personally come across them yet. I do ask around now and then and usually get less than raving reviews about places other people go for these services.

I have met a couple of other people who moved here in the last year who were stylists on the mainland. If you decide to open a shop, I'll put them in touch with you and maybe the salon can grow!

Posted : December 11, 2005 7:03 pm
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Thanks Alexandra,
That's the sort of infromation I was looking for. The other stylists.... are they working as stylists on the islands? If not, why?
I wouldn't be against working in a salon if the deal is right.
I mainly do caucasian hair but do work with and on all ethnicities.
You get a free do when I get there!

Are there any others out there interested in getting together and doing something like this on the Islands? Get in touch! We could help support each other.

Posted : December 13, 2005 1:51 pm
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They are not working as stylists now. Neither has gone through the licensing exam here yet. One moved here about a year ago and the other just a month ago. The new arrival is considering getting licensed, but said she never liked doing French Braids and isn't looking forward to possibly having to master that to pass the test. She also might only be here a little over a year and isn't sure if it would be worth the effort of getting her license only to move away not long after. She's keeping active by cutting hair for some of her fiance's co-workers.

The other woman owns a salon on the mainland and is running a different business opportunity here on STX. She said she likes to keep her hands in it now and then and does hair for friends sometimes as a favor.

Meanwhile... if anyone on the board DOES have a good stylist or salon on STX to recommend, I'm all ears!

Posted : December 13, 2005 2:04 pm
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I have my hair done at Frongillo Hair Salon at Gallows Bay. Gabrielle and her husband, John, own it. Shes does the color and he cuts. They are both wonderful! I am so grateful to have found them right after I made my final move last Dec. At one time they were having a friend relocate from the states and help them through the season, but that didn't happen. Not sure if they are still looking for someone. Anyway, great salon and great people.

Posted : December 14, 2005 2:27 pm
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thanks for the referral, patstx. I might stop by and take a look at the finished product walking out their salon door... and if it looks promising, I'll head on inside!

Posted : December 14, 2005 3:46 pm
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