Education. This is our first episode of the podcast. Yes. Then highest
Education. This is our first episode of the podcast. Yes. Then highest Comte as it has been a long time in the making. Yes. Literally, a longtime every obstacle pack could possibly come up to delay this has. But here we are. And when I say, we this is our store manager of our salon beach location Kayla on our lead trainer for the seven figures, son. Hello. Yes. Say Hello everybody knows our voice. And so let's talk about how hard this was to get going this evening. So I had to get fancy and bias these. Oh, what do you, call these magnetic arms, because I wanted it to look like all the podcast studios that I see on podcasters. Yeah. Yeah. Well, so now we're using this little squatter microphone, holder airing it sharing it because it didn't quite work. The way I had thought it was going to work today, but it looks nice. So the thing is, is this message was so important that we that we are suffering to this to get this information out to you so with that being we're so excited. Let's do it. Well, really are because we have a ton of stuff to share with you. So on this episode, I wanna talk about why created this podcast basically because I feel like there's a need in our industry for education when you agree, and beauty school. They just don't go over business. Right. Absolutely. I mean, no business class sick. How many hours did you guys have to do in Chicago, fifteen hundred? So we have sixteen hundred here, and it was only on state board, right? Yeah. Yeah. So how do you expect someone to go out be an independent contractor, which most hairdressers are or a salon owner and not know anything about how to run their business business or sales background? Yeah. So that the that explains why we don't make what we deserve. So this podcast is for business owners wanting to scale their business or even independent. I know those salon Salona, what are those solo solo salons like where they get that room. So the stylist actually owns her own business, but they're like a individuals not just booth rental or not. Yeah. So they rent a spa. Face in empty, which I think is, is good. But she doesn't know how to run her own business. She's already running a business in there. What does that Sola? That's little and Phoenix salon. Oh, yeah. So that's for this stylist. So maybe you don't wanna have. I mean, we have two locations, one in Fresno, California and one here and sunny, sandiego Lois dark now because we've been trying to get this going. It was beautiful. Yes. As we are trying to put the podcast together the sun has set, but we do usually have a beautiful ocean view in our San Diego store. And then we have the Fresno location which doesn't have a view like ours, though, it does have a good view of the of the street estimates so double doors there. So then that's a good thing. And then what you can expect from each episode, so I guess I'll start a little bit from who we are. And I'll start with myself of unless you want to run the beginning. Let's do it. Yeah. Okay. From the beginning. So I have been in the hair business now as a salon owner and hair edition expert for. For over seventeen years, which when you say that, that's almost two decades and makes me feel really old now. But I didn't start out here so which Kayla's heard the story a million times, but she can't hear one more time. After college. I owned an auto repair shop. So if you can believe it. We went from cars to hair, which, as you said, makes for an interesting story. It's a good one it, yeah. You know, it's different. So I did that for about a year and a half right after I graduated. But the main motivation behind all of this was, I was a single mother. So at twenty I had my daughter, who is now twenty one you believe it, and she works in the store with Kayla. She's Kayla's, the only once you listen to because when she's with me she sits on her computer, so she entered a work get her to work. She lasts Kayla. So the motivation was I was a single mom and I needed time flexibility because oh did you know I worked at Macy's? That's only real job I've ever had. I worked at Macy's men's fragrance and Layla. Harry men's men's fragrance now. I've been selling since I was born so. Yeah, I worked in men's fragrance and Layla had a little thing at school. I mean she was only like two or one and a half, but you know how they do those things just for the. Parents and like make them Waddell around or however, you know, crawl whatever she's doing so they were having a secret sale, and they wanted me to go. And so I told us I tell the bay manager I said, you know, your sales are so secret. Nobody even comes right? But I, I need to go to this thing. And she said, I couldn't go, so I quit. So then here I am I'm like twenty to twenty one and a half with this little infant, and you know, things are not well, with her dad, in, like six months later, I left him. So I needed to have jobs and that's how the whole thing with the auto repair started because I worked at a gas station in high school. And I used to watch him how he ran that auto repair shop. So just, you know constantly hustling. Right. So I needed the unlimited potential and income potential side to make money, and it had to be able to bring her to work with me. That's basically where I was going with that very long story and because I'd have many babysitter. And I were she at Macy's. Oh, my mom watched her when I was at Macy's. Yeah. So anyway, I needed to be I needed to be. Pendant. I need nobody to watch her, but me and I needed to have some money. So. And then failure just was not an auction, right. Yeah. So, basically time flexibility, unlimited income potential, and then we had to make it work so that lasted for about a year and a half. And then it was just hours were just too crazy, you like a typical hair salon lose like seven why was opened seven in the morning seven at night with the auto repair. Wow. And that just wasn't gonna work. Yeah. So I needed to niche into something and that's where the vehicle into wigs inherit extensions came in. So while I had the auto repair shop my mother's the vehicle pun, well, just like strut. Right. That's right. Yeah. It all ties back to auto repair. You'll you'll you'll you'll notice those themes throughout all my staff, which I did enjoy doing that, by the way. But anyway, I digress. So the vehicle into wigs and Herrick stanchions came about because my mom had been fine hair and needed a solution. And she was kind of going through that, while I had the auto repair, and then I. Had a big frizzy hard to handle mass, which Kayla can attest to because she does my hair. Yup. Don't you just love going through this beautiful now? Well, it is now that you do it, yes, yes. It's, it's, it's much prettier now. But this is kind of where strut birthed out of was my mom myself. And I thought you know what I can do this. So did you know I started on a kiosk in the mall in the Fresno mall? You should have seen me I had a three year old strapped to my leg, and I'm selling hairpieces to anybody that would walk by was that person to try this piece on. But the thing is what I want you to get from this was my why, and everybody has a why my why was my daughter at the time at, at twenty something, but that can be anything at anytime. So anyway, that that's, that's where struck came from my side. So let's ask Kayla. And have you tell us kind of how you found struck because you've been in San Diego almost three years, almost three years? And you started with us just a couple of months after you moved here. Right. Okay. So you saw the ad on Craigslist. I placed for someone that was amazing. What drew you to us from the salon industry and all that? Yeah. My background being a stylist and also background management. I knew I wanted to stay doing hair, but I didn't want the super long hours, you know, twelve twelve fourteen hour days long on your feet. You know, is so much labor. I just got so worn out from that. So I knew I loved hair loved, you know, the whole industry, but I needed to do something a little bit different. So when I saw your ad I was like, wait a second. I can still do hair I can still help women feel beautiful, but it's just a little different. Well, it is because they average stylists makes about twelve fifty an hour, right? Yeah. Yeah. And they're working for it to nowadays because I told you when I first moved here from Fresno. I've been here eight years this month when I moved here, I went to. Apply for job at super cat. Because it took me a minute to find a space, right? And I was starting to get antsy. So I thought, well, let me go and check that out because I had never worked in an actual salon, I had only just been doing wigs so with nine years experience at super cuts, and incentives, California. They tried to pay me nine dollars, an hour, no shade to super guts. No, no super great. Let me tell you why I went there because all through beauty school. They kept telling me they've got the best education program, and I wanted to work in a salon. That's why there, right? I mean, I was excited, but my point is with nine years, and I didn't fit I told him, I manage the store in Fresno. They still walk in nine dollars. An hour pay. That's crazy. How are you supposed supposed to support yourself and place like San Diego? Well, we didn't start K let nine dollars. And I just wanted to be noted that's the problem with the whole industry long hours. It's minimal pay. It's, you know, working your butt off everyday and your body. Yeah. Yeah. We break our bodies. Labor. Yeah. For what for? Well to me. I feel good and OBI cores once more. Yes. Y'all much more. And then I was doing the statistics about salon owners, which I know to be true for myself, especially with my Fresno store. Do you know the average salon owner owner only makes forty thousand dollars a year that surprise me actually? Yeah. You gotta Google that because we deal with so many personalities 'cause you got to admit hairdressers are like a unique breed. Nothing like dealing with an audit candy are fair. Lot of egos, we can be proud about it. Yeah. We'll for forty thousand dollars a year, I go to draw. That's a lot. So I just, you know, for me, it was like, okay, there's gotta be a better way and a better, there's going to be a better way. In a way, we can make more money and what we deserve because the amount of education, we have to go through the emotions that we deal with, with our clients that just was not good enough for me. So we break we've broken through all of those barriers. And that's what we want to share on this pod. Cast. And like I said, I've got seventeen years running, my salon as a owner as an educator and then Kayla has what nine years experience because you were manager and then now working here and then managing again. We've got a lot to share with you about that. And that's why I created the seven figure salon education and in this podcast is just a way for us to give back as free information about all the, the problems. I saw in our industry and how we can help like with business.