Risk and reward: Expanding from a small studio where I was the only stylist, to a big salon where I had to hire and train a large staff. I learned that the wrong people can destroy not only your business but also your reputation, and that there’s nothing more important than having the right people on your team. I also learned that the only way to build a sustainable business is to train and mentor your own staff.
What does “work/life” balance mean to you? When building a business, it becomes your life—there’s no way around it. Because my husband and I are also business partners, it can be difficult to not always think and talk about work. The best thing we did was to buy a house that’s an hour outside of the city, which is the only place where we feel separated from our business. We hash it out during the commute, and when we get home, we enter our own private world.
To follow in your footsteps, a woman would have to: Think more like a man. Don’t be so emotional, don’t take everything so personally, and refrain from letting the nurturing instincts take over. You’re not everyone’s mother.
Famous woman you would like to style: Kesha
Next change to my personal style: Grow my hair out to my waist and lose seven pounds.
Reading: Eat, Pray, Love
Playlist: “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele and “Morning Euphoria” by Chris Cornell
Important client experience: The Publisher of Atria Books (division of Simon & Schuster) came to me as a client and told me at the end of her appointment, “I love your voice. Have you ever thought of writing a book? Please come see me.”
Every day, just for you: Cooking, yoga and swimming
Working on: Concepts for my next book.