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Inspiring Conversations with shana velazquez of Hello Salon

Today we’d like to introduce you to shana velazquez.

Hi shana, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was running late for a Christmas party and decided to stop by a local salon for a quick blowdry but when I arrived the salon space was shut down and available for lease. I had been renting my own chair in Chandler, Az and when I saw this rare opportunity close to home available I called right away for more information and took over the space 2 weeks later.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I opened a month before covid hit. It was definitely a rough road with the pandemic making it difficult to stock up on backbar products and everyone being terrified to go out in public. It also was scary to be considered an essential business but image is something that is important to many people. Self-esteem helps with having a positive attitude through tough times and fresh hair is a great feeling.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Hello Salon has been an amazing experience for me. I have a team of unique individuals who are warm, inviting and talented at what they do. I’ve never worked somewhere that the culture was so inclusive and it doesn’t matter if you have been behind the chair 2 days or 30 years everyone is so open to learning from each other. It’s never a competition and because of that our guests benefit most. We specialize in hair color and I named the salon Hello because I wanted something friendly but I never expected to be part of something so lovely. Clients are always commenting on what an amazing experience it is to go to our salon. My team really listens and delivers custom looks on a daily basis. They really are your neighborhood friendly hair wizards.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I think my determination is very important. If I set out to do something whether it takes one try or 10.


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