Melissa Girlstylst at Studio 55
● By Style
Photo by Dante Fontana
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I always wanted to own my own salon, but with two young children it seemed impossible. Studio 55 offers me a wonderful balance of having my own small studio with other professionals around me; it’s a perfect fit.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
I was a secretary for some family friends, and I learned that things needed to be done correctly and carefully. Maybe this is where I found my obsession with detail.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I recently spoke at a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, talking about everyday hair challenges and creative styling tips. I also have started my own YouTube channel where I post videos with styling tips for my clients.
Who is your role model in business or in life, and why?
Dena – my friend and owner of the salon where I worked for nine years. She is a talented hairstylist, leads by example as an owner, is an amazing wife and mother, and has been an incredible mentor to me in business and in life. I hope to find the balance in my life that she seems to have mastered.
What’s your biggest job perk?
I love that I can make someone not only look better, but feel better about themselves than when they walked in the door. The lifelong friendships I develop with my clients are also pretty amazing, as is continuing my education with other hairstylists in cities like San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas. Most days I feel lucky to get paid for what I do.
What’s your favorite local event that you go to?
I recently ran the “Hot Pink 5K” at The Fountains at Roseville and loved it!
What’s your favorite local business other than your own?
And finally, customer service is…?
Easy and natural when you’re in the right business.
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