As many of you know, in a very last minute change I decided to make the leap and move to my own salon studio. Some of you have been in to see it already and it has been so great sharing the space with you all. So as not to drag it all into one long blog post I am going to break it out into questions I'm getting asked a lot. Feel free in comments, over email or Facebook to ask more if you have them.
Q: Why did you decide to make the move?
A: I am really into education, for myself and for my clients. I am also really a big Paul Mitchell fan and especially because they offer amazing continuing education opportunities. By being out completely on my own I am better able to utilize it and then able to give that education to my clients along with a great high end product to achieve the looks you want.
Q: What happen to the home salon thing?
A: The simple answer to that is...it will still happen. Right now though for my business and family this was a great interim (at least a year) solution until that is completed. Building, permits and family take a chunk of time and I was simply too impatient to wait. Some of you know me enough to know I have a patience problem. ;) I'm excited though because I am learning the smaller version of what it will be like to have my own studio in the future but with less responsibility facilities wise. Baby Steps!
Q: How are you liking it?
A: I AM LOVING IT! I feel like this is bringing me back to the focus that this is just about my clients and I. I've tried to make my space a little bit about me and a lot about what I hope makes my clients feel comfortable. I am always open to suggestions too! I love the feeling of closing down my little space at the end of the day and knowing that all day I did it my way haha. I might have some space control issues too!
Q: Is it weird being in such a small space and what do you do while your clients process?
A: I get asked this question a lot and I also asked some of the girls already at Sola the same thing! And so far so good. I spend my time cleaning in between, chatting and if you are the kind of client who likes to sit uninterrupted and relax...we have a break room for just the stylists I can retreat to. I have magazines and there is WIFI!!!!! I now also offer facial waxing and that is something we can always do while you process, just put a note in your appointment or mention it at the beginning and I will get the wax ready to go.
Q: Is there anything not positive you overly happy weirdo?
A: The real truth is change can also be a little uncomfortable at first! Currently I am learning my work flow again. That part is weird! I am mixing color in front of clients and in a smaller place. I am adding art, taking it away, trying to find some dang curtains that fit and generally feeling it out as it goes. I wanted everything to be perfect when I moved in and it's not but I am using this as a learning experience that nothing is perfect and sometimes the journey is worth that struggle. And the funny thing is because of that there are things I wasn't crazy about at first that I like now. As my wise old husband says, just get in there and see how it goes first. I'm doing that...and I am loving it!
Well I think that covers most but let me know if you have more. The booking is still the same through my website as before. I still owe everyone some maps, a video, a tutorial on the call box and a thanks for bearing with me through all this. Everyone has been so supportive and I feel so grateful for you all!
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