Q: What made you decide to open your own salon / become a stylist?
It was always a goal of mine to one day open a salon. I had acquired a large, steady clientele for years, but I was waiting for the right time. I went through a divorce and, after a couple years, after I felt settled again, I thought, now’s the time! I wanted to do it on my own and that was very empowering.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about owning your own salon?
Wearing all the different hats is challenging. I still take clients 4–6 days a week, but I’m trying to be better about sticking to four days a week so I can turn my energy to other aspects of the salon. I want to focus more on my apprentices and create more time for monthly check-ins with my staff.
Q: What is your best moment about the journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break”?
Opening the salon has been so rewarding. I find so much happiness in seeing my team grow and improve. I feel my big break was seeing how the community responded to our salon. Within months, all my stylists were booked out and we were crazy busy. We outgrew our first location in the first year and moved into our new location last fall. We tripled our space, added a spa wing, and we’re still booked! Our staff has doubled, but I feel like we’ve maintained our tight family feel.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond, that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
I love the Behind The Chair show. I went for years before I opened the salon, and I always left feeling so inspired, like I could achieve whatever I wanted. Mary, the founder, is so inspiring. I really appreciate her and all she has done for our community.