Are there benefits to being a woman in beauty industry? Women understand the majority of our clients’ needs firsthand.
Are there challenges for women in beauty? As a salon owner, I’m faced with proving myself everyday. I come in an unlikely package (4 foot 10 inches, 30-year-old girly girl), so often people are surprised that their preconceived notions of a "boss type” don't fit my description. But I revel in a challenge and always strive to prove myself and help other women.
Sacrifice and lesson: My 20s were a blur, driving from Orange County to LA for the Pussy Cat Dolls, flying around the globe 2-3 days a week as a Platform Artist and juggling the challenges of owning a salon and pushing my freelance efforts. Needless to say, there wasn't much time left for leisure. But I don't regret a thing. I do, however, plan in my 30s to travel and relax just a bit more. In years to come, I'm going to try to work kids into the equation... so I don't see life slowing down any time soon.
Risk and reward: When I bought Hairroin (from a failed salon I was working at part-time), I used all the money I had saved carefully since age 18, and took over the salon lease, paid off the bills and began to build the Hairroin brand. It was probably the craziest and best thing I have ever done.
What does “work/life” balance mean to you? Just this year I started taking Sundays off… all the way off. It was a promise I made to my husband so that we can have real time together. I’m working on 2 days a week off by the end of the year.
To follow in your footsteps, a woman would have to: Ignore anyone who tells her no. So many people will project their own fear and insecurities on to anyone who is braver then they are. Surround herself with people she wants to be like. Save her money and live within her means. Take care of her mind, body and soul. Not waste time comparing herself to others.
Famous woman you would like to style: Martha Stewart. She is a huge inspiration to me.
Next change to my personal style: Blonder and longer! Also, I’m going to play with color blocking, A-line skirts and loafers this fall/winter.
Reading: Blogs (Stylecaster, Fashion Gone Rogue, Apartment Therapy, In the Kitchen); articles from Harvard Business Review (recommended by my sister Corie who is in her MBA program at NAU); The Art of War; and Bossypants by Tina Fey.
Playlist: “Punk Rock Girl” by The Dead Milkmen and “Nothing Compares To You” by Sinead O’Connor
Every day, just for you: A bath and cup of coffee every morning in my dream 1920s claw foot bathtub.
What are you working on next? Hairroin 2011 Cut and Style Collection with Hairroin’s Master Stylists to be revealed on Nov. 17th at our grand opening party. Hairroin is moving this month. Yay, big year!