Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Jones.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I always knew I wanted to be a stylist but gave college a try first. It really wasn’t for me so the minute I had my associates degree in hand I started cosmetology school! It was everything I had hoped it would be. Upon graduation, I reached out to a friend who worked in a corporate salon to see if they were hiring and as luck would have it, they were! I spent about three years there building my clientele until a fellow stylist decided she was done working for someone and asked if I wanted to move into a salon suite with her. After some serious consideration, I decided that I would give it a shot and see if I could make it. It was the most terrifying decision I’ve ever made but to my surprise, I became even busier! After several months of working under that stylist’s business, I decided it was time to move to a new location and start my own! I’ve never looked back and I’m eternally grateful that the decision to leave the comfort of the corporate world worked out for me better than I could have imagined.
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?
I will say that I got very lucky and this process has been a relatively easy one. I’ve spent a lot of time adding to my own education out of pocket and it’s really paid off! The better my technique got, the more clientele I had. But one struggle I face is that people aren’t always going to be happy with the results you deliver and rather than take it personally you have to learn from it. I also would like to offer one piece of advice and that is to make sure you know who you’re going into business with. The first stylist I worked with in a salon suite turned out to be very dishonest and to this day, I’m not sure that some of the money I invested went where it was supposed to. It’s a lesson I’m glad I learned at the beginning though!
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
As a hairstylist, I’ve grown to love blonding services! I specialize in platinum and balayages and everything in between! Sometimes, my client’s joke and will refer to me as the blonde queen and I try to play it cool but inside I always turn into mush and can’t stop screaming joy. I love that they appreciate the amount of time I put into their color! I’m insanely proud of my abilities to correct awful hair color that someone may have messed up and turn it into something gorgeous! But I must admit, I struggle quite a bit with men’s haircuts and pixie cuts. But I think that sets me apart from other stylists because I will be very honest with a client in my chair and admit when I can’t do something. Ruining someone’s hair is not worth the loss of revenue and chair time!
What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
If I had to choose just one piece of advice to give to a woman who’s just starting her career (and there’s a lot) it would honestly be to just go for it. As cheesy as it sounds. I lost so much sleep and dealt with so much stress during my internal debate on if I should take the plunge or not. My best friend jokes with me all the time and says “remember that weekend before you left *corporate salon* and you wouldn’t go out with us because you were scared you wouldn’t make any money so you stayed home?” I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was I missed that weekend but he always references it when I have a huge milestone in the growth of my business and we laugh about it to this day. So, throw (some but not all) caution to the wind and go for it!
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