Our first Salon Opens in Hudson

Rhona Charbonneau and Alida Weergang got inspiration for their first salon while traveling in Europe. They wanted it to have a more “Continental” and traveled feel then the salons of the day, thus, Continental Crimping was born.


Main Street Nashua

From the success of their first salon, they were able to open up a second salon in Main Street in Nashua.


 Simoneau Plaza – a state of the art salon that incorporated forward thinking ideas

With the 2 successful salons under their belt, Rhona and Alida decided to try a different approach with their latest salon. Separating the treatment and serive rooms allowed for a more intimate experience; which is now a current trend that’s very popular in today’s salons.


Co-founder Alida Weegang wins Hair Olympics for America

Alida Weergang is originally from the Netherlands. She was chosen to represent the United States for the Hair Olympics that were held in Germany. Alida also won gold in the Rose D’or individual stylist competition in Paris that year. Aside from winning gold, she has won countless other awards during her accomplished career.


Continental Opens its first Cosmetology School

One problem Rhona and Alida were facing being salon owners was trying to find people that met their high expectations . Finally fed up, they decided to take matters  into their own hands and opened Continental Academie of Hair design in Hudson NH, not 500 feet from where the current location is.


Royal Ridge Mall branch opens

One of their most popular and longest lasting salons at Royal Ridge paid homage to the great Gatsby with a black and white Art Deco motiff. It was one of the first salons in the area to incorporate a separate skin room, bringing to the area European facials and skincare as we know it.


The Academie adds a Manchester Location

Because of the popularity of their Hudson location, Rhona and Alida decided to buy an existing school called Houles Beauty School. This location turned into Continental Academie’s second location


 Continental Academie Hudson doubles with move.

The same year as opening their Manchester location, they also completely moved into a new Hudson location. The move more than doubled their space, and went from 20 salon chairs to to over 40.


Rhona and Alida graduate from the Continental Program, thus beginning the second generation involved in the school.

Rhona Wollenhaupt and Alida Charbonneau are the daughters of Rhona Charbonneau. Rhona started with the company fresh from graduation by working in the Royal Ridge Mall Salon. She made the switch to teaching in 1989 and has been here ever since. Alida started with the company immediately after graduating from the program. In 1998 she took a hiatus from cosmetology and has recently come back to the family in 2012.


Visit from then First Lady Barbara Bush to tour the school

In the 80’s and 90’s, Rhona Charbonneau was active in the political world. She even became a State Senator for NH. During George H.W. Bush’s 1992 campaign, Barbara Bush stopped by the school to see the students in action.


Ashley (Rhona’s daughter) begins working at continental, beginning the 3rd generation to be involved.

Having a grandmother, mother, and aunt in the field, Ashley has been a part of the school ever she was born. As a teenager, her first job was working as a janitor cleaning the school on her weekends off. Now, she works in the office and has been with the company permanently since 2009.


Complete renovation of Salon

In 2010, a complete renovation of the student salon was done. Rooms included in the renovation were the students salon clinic area, the reception area, manicure and pedicure room, faculty room and admissions room. Along with the renovations, the second floor was also completely re-carpeted.