Today we’d like to introduce you to Hanna Donahue.
Hi Hanna, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
When I was a little girl, I had long reddish-brown hair, that was always on my face. My grandma was a hairdresser and she would always pull and put my hair up in these tight ponytails.
My mother would do the same but in braid form. Then the nineties happened, and I wanted to cut layers into my own hair. I was going to look like the girls on my favorite TV show. So, I cut large chunks out of the front of my long reddish-brown hair, and, well, we all can guess what happened next.
My mother came home and, I was off to my first teenage grown-up girl haircut, since I cut chunks out of my own hair, pretending to be layered. Well, inches had to be cut off, and then the journey of my passion for all things hair was born. Watching that stylist cut my hair was so interesting to me, and I was in awe of the art this stylist was creating, and then I was done.
My head felt, light, airy, bouncy. I was hooked, I now wanted to change my look even further. Well, “Hello” hair color.
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?
Life throws you curveballs, some more than others. When I officially took over the salon as 100% ownership, I had to move the salon, three miles down the road, to the Beautiful Historic District of West Gurley St.
I had never moved a business before, it was a lot, seemed like I never stopped buying or paying for things. And then Covid happened, and then the shutdowns happened. That was a lot, how do you maintain as a Small Business Owner?
Fortunately, I had wonderful support from clients, friends, and family, that helped in the support of keeping the salon open, and my salon girls that weathered the storm until the end. I truly appreciated all the wonderful unconditional support I got then and still continue to get.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
It will be crazy to see it in print… but…
I am a Certified Master Colorists with JPMS Systems. A Lived-In Color Specialist. I emphasize Red Heads and Blonding Services. I have been mentored by Johnny Ramirez, Josie Vilay, Colin Caruso, Presley Poe, JPMS Systems, 901 Academy, and, Hair ology Studios.
Every day, I create my best moments, I enjoy every challenge that comes my way now. “Nothing ventured, Nothing Gained.” I love my job, there is no other job for me. I love to create and watch my relationships grow with each and every guest that I see.
The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Covid was a total game-changer. The anxiety of constantly not knowing if you were able to get supplies and products all the time. Cancellations, no shows, employees, getting sick, constant fear wondering if we were doing the right things.
There was no handbook on this crisis or any fancy way to bypass this, it came full throttle and kept going. The lesson learned, was simply, “Always be ready for a very rainy day.”
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