I'm a mid-twenty something book worm with a strikingly quiet, golf addicted husband and a mini-schnauzer. I'm obsessed with Chipotle, Lindsey Stirling, the ren fest and consignment shopping. I'm one of 5, with a massive, opinionated family and my dog is constantly having a bad hair day. When it comes to work, I pretty much identify with Leslie Knope. When that kind of passion, organization & dedication collide, you just know it's going to work. You can stop reading now if you'd like, but if you're intrigued and would like to know more about how I ended up here; please read on.
I honestly had absolutely no clue that I was going to do this with my life. As a kid I wanted to teach and in college, I wanted to be a sign language interpreter. Finally as an adult I just wanted to be happy. In 2007 I tripped and fell into the beauty industry. Turns out, I loved it. I mean -I loved making women beautiful.
Once out of school, I headed straight for the salon. After a few years it still felt new to me, like the salon I was in just didn't fit. It was a frustrating economy; I was broke and losing focus on why I loved this work so much. Like an answer to an unspoken prayer, a girlfriend was getting married and asked me to help with her hair. That is when it happened. There was a buzz, it was an electric feeling. The excitement, the pressure. Making someone feel stunning on one of the biggest days of their life. It was enthralling. I had found it.
With a little prodding from my (now) husband Jd, I built a little website & I started meeting the best clients. After doing this for a few months I realized that I couldn't keep this to myself. It is selfish of me. You see in my industry, it isn't easy. Most salon owners take advantage of their stylists and the pay isn't enough to live off of. I almost left the industry because I couldn't find a decent place to work. So I decided to create one. We had a crazy amount of fabulous brides needing talented, organized and fun artists. There is so much talent in this area. I had to share. There is a way for talented area artists to earn a living doing something they too are passionate about. So, we started to grow.
I have hand selected each and everyone of our artists. I keep up on them -I get on their back, I help educate them and they are talented. They even surprise me sometimes. I've stumbled and pushed my way through building this business. It isn't easy, I don't think it gets easier but I don't regret a minute of it. I knew nothing about taxes, advertising, budgets. Nothing. I am still learning as we grow.
Photo Credit: Photo by Ole
A bunch of photos of my hubs and I. My management team & speaking at our salon grand opening.
My pup & my sister & I at Renfest. #nerds
In 2013, my baby sister Caitlin & my husband JD stepped up to the plate to help me. As we continue to grow, I realized I needed help. Who better than the love of my life & the person whose been beside me for over 20 years? Soon after, we moved into a gorgeous salon space. My husband painted, I knocked out walls and my sister put furniture together. Within a few weeks, we opened PREP Salon. A place for our girls to call home and a place for our brides to come see us again. In a crazy turn of events, a tornado ripped our roof off 3 months after opening. We came back bigger & better. If your really bored, you can follow that story >> here.
We are learning to navigate, lead and handle this beautiful business. I never thought I would be here. I never thought I would be doing something I feel so passionate about and making such a difference in so many peoples lives. I realized I really loved this. This is my calling & I wouldn't change a thing.
I also just got married. It was a real eye opening experience. I finally have a clear understanding of how difficult it is to plan a wedding. I argued with my mom about center pieces, I changed my mind 300 times and I was a complete nut-job, scatter brain. All I wanted was for my vendors to show up, work there magic and allow me to enjoy and absorb the intensity of my day. Being on the other side of the fence taught me a thing or two. Since then I've worked on making sure my clients are able to relax, knowing we've got it handled. You; grab a glass of champagne & take it all in while we make our magic.
I've built this business on a few key principles.
I want happy clients.
I want happy artists.
I want to make people understand
just how stinkin' beautiful they really are.
Thanks for stopping by and reading. I'd love to get to know more about you. In fact I'd love to set you up on a fun little beauty date with one of my girls. Head on over to our contact page if you'd like to chat sometime.