As SoZo Hair enters their 16th year in business, Karen Welch, owner and creative director of the salon, is excited to further serve the West Chester community through their newly restored building. SoZo Hair by Bajon Salon, formally known as Bajon Salon, added Sozo to the name to more closely identify with the name of their private line, SoZo Heavenly Haircare.
“SoZo is an ancient Greek Biblical word meaning to save, heal, protect and make whole,” says Welch. “Our product line does these things for the hair, but we also apply this concept to our new building, our business and life in general – with God’s grace.”
The name “SoZo Hair” was chosen in 2007 by Karen’s husband, Mark Welch, co-owner and director of operations at the salon. “Mark is a chemical engineer by training, but when he ended up in the salon industry with me, it didn’t take him long to ‘get on’ the product details and decide to go with a private line,” says Welch.
However, the name was “re-launched” upon moving to their newly renovated building, adding SoZo to the salon name – and a SoZo concept salon was born.
SoZo Salon is a full-service salon and day spa offering services in hair, skin and nails. They offer full lines of SoZo haircare, Bioelements skincare and Creative Nail Designs nail products.
“We take pride in our services and aim to make every client feel special,” says Welch. “We offer outstanding customer service with high quality services and products, along with helping children in need. We do an average of one fundraiser a year, whether it be for Children’s Hospital, Kids cancer research, Kids of Kenya, Arlie Boggs Elementary in Appalacia or so on. We plan to do one this summer for The Boys and Girls Club locally.”
As for the products, they have definitely proven themselves. “The best part is that for every bottle of shampoo or conditioner we sell, we donate a bottle of shampoo or body wash to children in need,” says Welch. “We’ve wanted to do this for a long time and it finally came to fruition this past summer!”
“We have also updated our packaging and formulas,” Welch continues, “the next step is to take SoZo products to other salons and continue the donations to children, locally and afar.”
Looking forward, Welch hopes to have a gallery of designers and technicians all “rocking” the building with talent. “With the trend in the industry being ‘booth rental’, we’re adding a blend of booth renters to our existing commission team,” says Welch. “This joint team will also hopefully participate in taking SoZo products education on the road to hair shows and salons across the country.”
SoZo Hair’s newly restored area is located on the corner of Cincinnati-Dayton and West Chester Rds. At 9069 Cin-Day Rd. in Ole West Chester. “This is one half mile up West Chester Rd. from our old location,” says Welch. “We’re so excited to be right in the heart of the olde and the new.”