Opening The Salon
In the about section I give a general synopsis of who I am and why this blog exists. If you haven’t already read that… go back and start there!… If you have, that means you want to learn more about opening the salon. Here it is…
On June 10th 2014, I opened a salon suite in Las Vegas. It felt like it’d happened over night. My business partner and I signed the lease, renovated our space, and opened for business in less than a month. But in reality, salon ownership was a long time coming for me.
Taking it Back
Since childhood, I’ve loved doing hair! Some kids played sports, some did ballet, others were into art, I braided hair.
Fortunately, I got the opportunity to attend cosmetology school when I was 16. By the time I graduated high school, I was a licensed cosmetologist.
Despite my passion for hair, I never imagined I would turn hair styling into a career. There are a lot of reasons for that. My mom had drilled it into my head my whole life that I needed to get a job with benefits. Hair stylists don’t get benefit packages. Plus, the idea of selling myself to a career at the age of 18 did not sit well with me. Especially a career that involved working Saturdays. When I started doing hair, I did’t know yet what I wanted out of life but I knew I wasn’t going to find it inside a salon in my home town.
I looked at doing hair as a way to pay for college. At some point in my youth I decided that earning a degree was the only way to escape the cycle of debt I’d grown up in.
A year into community college and working at a “chop shop” salon in my hometown I needed a change of scenery. I packed up my Chevy Cobalt and moved to Las Vegas! In less than a month I landed a job at a local salon and enrolled in community college.
By the time I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from the University of Nevada- Las Vegas, I had been doing hair professionally for five years. With my focus on school, I had managed to build up a steady clientele without even realizing it. During my final semester of college, which for an education major is student teaching, doing hair was my reprieve from teaching. That’s when it became apparent to me that I belonged in the salon not the classroom.
Transitioning Career Paths
Becoming a Redken Certified Haircolorist gave me the confidence to move to a more prestigious salon. That decision solidified my career path. A few months into working at the new salon, a fellow stylist approached me about opening a studio salon with her. We met to discuss our options and within a month picked out a property, renovated it to perfection and opened for business!
The Salon Suite
The salon suite became my home away from home. Everyday I woke up excited to go to work. It didn’t feel like work. It felt like I was entertaining close friends in an adorable sitting room everyday. To say I loved it is an understatement! It was my baby. It provided me with more fulfillment, freedom and flexibility than I ever dreamed a job could.
I learned a lot from it too. That first year I was schooled in accounting when I owed a ton of unexpected money in taxes. Paying for my own health insurance sure took me back to those conversations with my mother about benefits. But I would pay tax bills and health insurance premiums over and over again for the freedom that accompanied opening the salon!
For awhile, the salon was a dream come true.