Today we’d like to introduce you to Chanel Fouts.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been passionate about hair for as long as I can remember. Instead of barbies, I had a real-life model, my grandma. My mom would come to pick me up and my poor grandma would be in rollers and blue eye shadow. She’s been my most loyal client. I started cosmetology school in my senior year of high school. I then went to a corporate salon that I was at for over six years. After realizing that corporate was not a match, I went to Anthem and worked at a locally owned salon and stayed for almost six years until the owner decided to close. I was lovingly forced to open my own suite and let me tell you that was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I’ve been in business for myself for almost three years and I have now been doing hair for 15 years.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Because I came from a salon with a full clientele it definitely was a smoother transition however getting to know the business side and discipline it was a new challenge. I had to manage booking, money, expenses and also set boundaries for myself because I have an awful tendency to overwork and never say no. Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who helped me through all of this.
I think being a small business owner is such an amazing privilege. I’m surrounded by rockstars every day crushing it in this industry on their own. I think if you are able, it’s the most rewarding experience. There’s nothing like taking home everything you work hard for.
My advice for young women would be to keep going, Put yourself out there and don’t look back. I’m an extreme introvert and showcasing my work and promoting myself has been super uncomfortable but I’ve had a lot of success in the process. So, keep yourself up to date and continue to master your craft because, in the end, it will all pay off.
What do you do? What do you specialize in?
I live for natural lived in color. I’m a sucker for long beachy hair. Do you know that natural sun-kissed tousled hair that looks like you’ve been on a beach vacation all week? Swoon!
That’s what I like to create. Color that can last 3-6 months and people are still complimenting them. Using techniques like foliage (balayage in foils), balayage (hand painting), and root shadows (blends the highlights for a softer grow out).
I’m a mom and I know I don’t have time to come in every six weeks and I don’t want to look like I have rooted for days, so I know most people don’t as well.
I think what I’m most proud of is that I’m honest. I will give it to you straight and I will honor what’s most important to my clients. I absolutely love what I do but I am nothing without them.
To be honest, I don’t know what sets me apart from others. There are so many amazing stylists and I have a lot of close friends in this industry that I’m in awe of. We all have something to offer and I think it’s just personality preference. I’m extremely laid back and go to work in vans and graphic tees every day. I like to create an easy going environment so most of my clients are quite similar.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
Honestly, with the way the world is I’d say us women are killing it! I know as far as our industry goes, women have come a long way. When I first started, I would hear a lot of people preferred men as their hairstylist and to be honest, women didn’t have each other’s backs. To now, I’ve never seen such a blended community!
EVERYONE supports one another and has something to learn from each other. It’s been quite a movement in the hair world!
I think social media has really helped our industry. It’s helped showcase that we’re not just hairdressers but we are artists. I think if we keep rooting for each other we will continue to rise.
- Address: Salon 4 suites
9710 w happy valley rd
Peoria, AZ 85383
- Website: Theblvdsalon.com
- Phone: 6233260900
- Instagram: Hairbychanel_theblvd Theblvdsalon
- Facebook: Theblvdsalon
Personal photo- LaurenAshbyphotography