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Beauty Launchpad's TOP SALONS OF 2024

Sherette Fabi-Parker is an unstoppable force in the beauty industry. From losing everything she worked for from a maliciously set fire to running one of the most coveted salons in the nation, her story is one that is going to leave you wanting to reach your own goals!

Read below to discover how Sherette turned tragedy into an award-winning brand!

Editor: "Where is your salon located?"

Sherette: "Vestal, New York"

E: "What month and year was your salon established?"

S: "May 2014"

E:"What is the backstory of your salon? What motivated you to start your business?"

S: "SalonTREND rose from true difficulty, a testament to the resilience forged through unwavering determination and unyielding spirit. In 2013, my salon was engulfed in flames in a senseless act of arson, leaving me with nothing, not even a pair of shears. Amidst the ruins, I faced betrayal from someone I once considered a dear friend, who later attempted to sue me when I chose to embark on the journey of opening SalonTREND.

During this extremely hard period in my life, I also experienced the heart-wrenching loss of my mother to cancer and the sudden, tragic departure of my sister. Additionally, within a span of six weeks, I had to say goodbye to three beloved dogs. Despite the overwhelming challenges, I emerged victorious. What initially seemed like the end marked the genesis of a remarkable new chapter.

I built SalonTREND from the ground up, starting at rock bottom. The profound depth of my struggles only serves to amplify the incredible significance of this recognition, a triumph that transcends words. My story is not just one of overcoming adversity; it is a beacon of inspiration for individuals facing hardships in any profession. I aspire to be a living example of the transformative power that perseverance and inner strength can wield, illuminating the path to a brighter, more resilient life."

E:"What is the most challenging thing that happened while opening your salon?"

S: "Staying motivated while fighting the severe depression and anxiety that came after the tragedies I faced. I struggled to uphold what I set out to create and felt as though I wasn’t giving my clients the energy they deserved and the energy that I wanted to provide. I struggled to find my spark again, but I prevailed! I survived rock bottom, and now I am giving my TRENDmodels™ and my team exactly the version of me they deserve and more!"

E:"What is the overall aesthetic of your salon? What inspired you when designing your space?"

S: "Contemporary, clean, modern feel. We want our space to represent the work we produce! How you do one thing is how you do everything. We wanted a space that  brought a big city feel to anyone that comes in!"

E:"What benefits do you provide to employees?"

S: "SalonTREND stylists have many benefits working here! They have been exposed to many once in a lifetime opportunities, such as working at NYFW and Miami Swim Week. This opened my stylists up to incredible connections and opportunities that only 1% of stylists are able to partake in.  Traveling alongside me to work on stage across the country, exposing them to all forms of education and techniques. Incredible mentorship from myself, SalonTREND owner, Sherette. The culture of SalonTREND is nothing short of remarkable and uplifting! We have very much of a family environment here at TREND. My stylists are encouraged to express themselves in every way they can!"

E:"What services do you provide your clients? Are any of your services signature and/or exclusive to your salon?"

S: "We provide customized modern coloring, balayage, extensions, haircutting, and a variety of conditioning treatments!"

E:"What products are used/retailed in your salon? Do you have a personal favorite?"

S: "SalonTREND proudly uses and sells TRUSS products! They are really second to none and our TRENDmodels™ are loving it as well!"

E:"What makes your salon unique and stand out?"

S: "SalonTREND is a salon and styling company that focuses on bringing luxury into the everyday. We believe in setting the bar high and exceeding expectations. What started almost 10 years ago as a small salon and some ambition has now become an award-winning enterprise. We have done work for NYFW, Miami Swim Week, editorial shoots, and many more events. We believe in changing, creating, and inspiring through elegance. By inspiring boundless creativity and focusing on encouraging inner beauty, the team at SalonTREND continues to make its mark on the industry."

E:"Is your salon active on social media? If so, where can our readers follow our salon, and what content can they expect to engage with?"

S: "SalonTREND is very active on social media! You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok @Salontrendnewyork! After following us on social media, you can expect to see nothing short of uplifting and encouraging content. We post with extreme intention and meaning behind every post! Our posts are carefully thought out to help to motivate and inspire not only hair artists, but our clients as well!"

E:"What takeaway do you hope clients have after a visit at your salon?"

S: "Our goal is to make sure everyone that comes into SalonTREND leaves feeling like their best self. We hope to help people bring their inner beauty outward with a new confidence to take on the world."

E:"What piece of advice would you give to a new salon owner?"

S: "Stay the course and do not settle. Take your time when finding a like-minded team, and be the leader that you wish you once had."

E:"What’s next for your salon? Do you have any goals for the year?"

S: "Big goals and plans are in progress, SalonTREND will continue to be seen all over the country. Exciting things are on the horizon, you might even expect to see a second SalonTREND location somewhere in the US!"

I am SOOO grateful for the opportunity to say I placed Top 10 in The Masters of Balayage Awards, and even more grateful to be able to share my artistry with so many people.

If you asked me as a young stylist where I would be in 20 years, I would say HERE. Where I am currently is where I always knew I would end up. Never a question of how, but WHEN.

So how did I get here?

There are 4 steps to the madness:


Practice gratitude during ALL moments of your journey, even in times that instant gratification is fleeting. This has been an integral part of my journey as a stylist, and my largest piece of advice for those of you just starting out. Be sure to take the time during every opportunity to sit, reflect, and express your gratitude!


Accept the things you cannot control! You will undoubtedly face many obstacles throughout your journey, that is inevitable. But! What you CAN control is how you respond to those obstacles and how you move forward to overcome them. Every "no" leads you to something even greater.


Remember how I mentioned that where I currently am is where I always knew I would end up? It is SO TRUE. Consistently envisioning where and who I want to be in the future has kept me working towards those goals every day.

Most importantly, HARD WORK. Hard work is the key factor in achieving success. It requires dedication, focus, and perseverance to put in the effort necessary to achieve your goals. It is important to remember that hard work is not only physical but also mental, requiring discipline and determination! You got this!!

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