Wow what a journey deciding to become an entrepreneur and hair salon owner has been! I had been a freelance makeup artist and hair stylist for 7 years and then at the end of 2014 when our son was two years old and I was still in the midst of post natal depression I thought I really want a shop, a space to call my own and I signed a lease and said fuck it, I can do this! With the help of my father, brother and husband I got busy bossing them around and making my dreams happen! And then in early 2015 I opened the doors! I was so proud of myself and so grateful…Now I just needed some clients and some like minded souls to work alongside me!
My dream of having a collective hair space and one stop shop without the ego, without the production line experience, that makes clients feel valued and important, that gives them the hair they dream of, that supports other like minded small businesses and gives them the room to grow their business inside mine, in a network of like minded peeps all striving for greatness in hair and beauty! Oh wow was I in for one giant mountain of a roller coaster ride!
But then a year past and I started to feel a bit more comfortable in my boss lady boots, another year passed and I thought shit maybe I can do this and at the end of this year it will be three years of being my own boss! Wow three years! I’ve grown as a hairdresser, as a person, as a wife, as mum, as a friend, emotionally and spiritually. It’s has been a testing journey that has had it’s ups and downs and given me many smiles and laughs and also some tears and headaches! I’ve grown apart from friends and gained many new ones. My husband and our marriage has worn the brunt of my tears and frustrations! I’ve struggled and triumphed!
Through all the new clients, amazing hair, good weeks and bad weeks I’ve made it, I’ve become the hairdresser I want to be, I’m leading the life I want to lead and making people look and feel beautiful doing it! I love what I do and I want my clients to love who they are! When a client walks in feeling pretty average and not really enjoying looking at the reflection in the mirror and then after a few hours in my hands and in our studio space leaves with a smile from ear to ear, flicking their hair around and feeling like hot shit, I LOVE IT, it makes my soul happy and I feel good about what I do!
Hallelujah! So even after the roller coaster that the last few years have been emotionally and mentally, I can say I feel so damn lucky to have so many interesting, chill, fun, beautiful & handsome clients on my wave length who I gel with! Who make my job easy and fun! Who love our rustic, quirky studio and tell their friends!
And wow where would I be without the support of my family and friends. Yes you who have supported me, supported my business, leant me your ears, given me a cuddle, shared my journey, I just want you to know it has meant the world to me! Yes you all rock my world! But lastly who would I be with out the love and support of my husband and our sweet mini me son who put up with my cra cra brain and general madness! I love you guys more than words.