Thank you so much for checking out my new adventure. I'm lindsay, a hairstylist for the last 9 years. i wanted to start this business to help like minded people attain their dream hairstylist career. i myself, am a 'booth renter' in milwaukee, wisconsin.
when i first started thinking about leaving my 'big salon' in milwaukee to venture out on my own, i was terrified! i cried to my family for months before i made the giant leap asking them whether or not i should leave. my family being the amazing fam that they are, couldn't give me a yes or no answer, but all backed me up and supported me 100 percent.
After finally deciding to make the big jump of becoming my own #bossbabe, i started doing research on available salon spaces, color lines (I came from Aveda so I wasn't able to continue using it being an independent stylist), product lines, salon decor, salon organization, book keeping systems, scheduling systems, insurance, tax bookkeeping, 401K's, the list GOES ON! I was stressed out beyond belief. Now, 9 years ago there weren't as many independent stylists as there are now and instagram wasn't a very UTILIZED tool for hairstylists yet. Luckily I had my best friend, who is also a hairstylist, to bounce ideas back and forth with.
My goal with The Minimalist Hairdresser is to help you with starting up your very own independent salon business. I will give you all of my tips and tricks that I've learned (some the hard way) through the last 9 years as a stylist. I am also a lover of all things simplistic, classic and minimal (hence the name). My intentional word for 2019 is simplicity- to make the most out of my career as a hairstylist without going cray cray and having a bomb business/ personal balance. i myself, am an introvert. I've realized that i need the balance of working three days behind the chair and four days working from home/ living my life? volunteering at a farm sanctuary. i envy those people who can go go go and have a hundred things going on at the same time. for the longest time, I judged myself for not having that kind of attitude and ambition towards my dreams and goals and have wanted to give up on doing hair countless times. I came to the realization that one of the best things about being an independent stylist is that we get to control our time and schedule. I manifested, meditated, yogi'ed, and cried until I had the realization of taking my life in to my own hands, even though that didn't mean busting my butt for 20 hours a day like i thought i had to.
I knew I couldn't of been the only hairstylist in the world who has felt this way. Did you know that 50 percent of hairstylists quit doing hair within the first five years of graduating cosmetology school? The truth is, this isn't the "glamorous" career I thought it might end up being and I know some of you feel the same. but, with the right tools, coaching and guidance I want to help you get back on track or guide you through everything you need to know about building you brand, working the hours you want, organizing your space to be as effective as possible all while keeping things "simplistic" and minimal. Work smarter not harder, right?
I would love to hear your thoughts about my new adventure and would also love to know what questions you have about opening your minimal space or inspiring and upgrading your current one.