By Janee Law
Dee’s Hair Studio in East Northport has a total of four styling chairs and two employees. But size doesn’t always count when it comes to keeping the customers coming
“It’s a small-country town salon,” said owner and stylist Dee Raguzin, of East Northport, who opened the shop in September 1981. “When people start coming, they stay.”
Raguzin, 60, attended Wilfred Academy of Hair & Beauty Culture for cosmetology and hair design, from which she graduated in 1974.
Raguzin, who has lived in East Northport her whole life, said she wanted to open a small place where she could get to know the customers intimately. And that’s exactly what’s happened.
“We have customers coming for 30-35 years,” she said, adding that the store is well known among people in the town.
Since the studio opened, Raguzin said she has renovated the space three times. “It was a lot of hours and a lot of work, but it was worth everything I put into it.”
The studio, located at 128 Laurel Road in East Northport, offers services ranging from haircuts, coloring, highlights, perms and cutting-edge styling. It also specializes in dimensional coloring, which is a type of highlighting using multiple layers of hair colors. Raguzin said dimensional styles with auburns, brunettes and golden are trending right now.
“We give a personal style for each individual,” she said, providing services to women and men, and customers of all ages.
“It’s quality service at an affordable price, with a warm and friendly atmosphere,” said co-worker of 30 years, Donna Sasso, 52, of East Northport.
“It’s not too expensive and it’s not cheap,” Raguzin said. “We have wash, cut and blow dry for $35, lift waves for $65, dimensional color for $50 and highlighting for $60 and up.”
These prices and a friendly environment have made for loyal customers.
With the holiday season approaching, the studio will soon offer specials such as free conditioning for wash cuts and blow dries, as well as a free gift with lift-wave services.
Northport resident Laura Moran, 51, has been coming to the studio for 14 years. She said both Raguzin and Sasso are always happy, very accommodating and create a warm atmosphere for customers.
Said Raguzin: “Our clients become like family, because we go through their lives and they go through our lives year after year.”
Dee’s Hair Studio
128 Laurel Road
East Northport, NY 11731