What’s your favorite tool or strategy for maintaining balance in your life?
“My strategy for balance is therapy, Sundays off and extra curricular activities like gardening and cooking.”
What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you, and how did it change your life? “It was from Donna Federiciwhen I was 19. She asked me if I wanted to know the key to success (um, yeah!). She said it was “communication.” It sounded so simple at the time, but every day I try to be a better and better communicator, to remove emotion from decisions, to operate a salon with complete transparency, and to remember to tell the people in my life how important and special they are to me. It turns out “communication” is hard work. But at the end of the day, if every thing goes to crap, at least no one is surprised, and you are not to blame because you told them how it is and how it was going to be.”
What wisdom would you share with a young woman entering a career in the professional beauty industry?
“Never stop learning and growing. Keep an open mind and a humble heart and always work like a warrior. Don’t be afraid to fail. Without the downs there is no up to measure. Save 20 percent of your money, pay your taxes, get health insurance, and take vacations.”
What keeps you up at night?
“How can I be a more effective leader? Am I setting the right example? What new strategies can we put in place to become more effective? What more can I be doing to further my brand and myself? When should I have a baby? When can I squeeze in some husband time? Did I take the dog out to pee? Did I remember to water the vegetable garden? What am I going to make for dinner tomorrow? Just to name a few.”
What makes you feel powerful?
“Hearing a compliment about how wonderful the salon and staff is when they don’t realize I am the owner. It makes me know it’s all working.”
What’s the best thing anyone’s ever told you about yourself?
“That they think I will be a good mom. I really admire great working mothers such as my own, and it is my hope that I can to live up to the compliment.”
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years?
“I hope to open another location, expand our Hairroin education program to reach other hairdressers besides our own, increase the Hairroin branding and our online presence, and own a building.”