We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Meade and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Allison, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I feel like a lot of people in my industry want to be their own boss. It starts with the idea of controlling you schedule to profiting solely from your hard work. After working 11 years at a wonderful salon, helping build it and growing it, I find its time to move on. I see a lot of areas where I want to do things differently. So my thought process is to find a space where I can, and possibly others too, fully express my self, my talents, in a welcoming and supportive environment. To continue honing my craft and inspire others to be their most bad ass self.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Working in the beauty industry can get a bad wrap. Some people believe hairstylists are unmotivated, dumb, and don’t make much money. While occasionally those statements can be true, I feel like the beauty industry is in an age of enlightenment. We are holding ourselves to higher standards on education, marketing, customer experience, and culture. Salons and stylists are now crafting and curating the experience and skills customers receive. With the continued evolution of cleaner and greener beauty products as well as the ‘Beauty for All’ inclusiveness, I feel its an exhilarating time to be in this industry. I’m over 13 yrs into this industry and I cant wait to see how the next 13 yrs unfold.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is almost impossible to answer! San Diego has so many incredible things to offer. The first place would have to be the beach! I love Torrey Pines or Coronado. I love the hiking trail at Torrey Pines and Coronado has the Hotel Del Coronado. We would definitely spend a day at the San Diego Zoo and a day in Balboa park.. In the evenings we would be checking out the local breweries. There is too much good stuff here. I’ve lived in San Diego all 34 yrs of my life and I still haven’t done everything!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, there are so many people to shout out. My family to start. My husband and babies who give me more motivation than I thought possible to contain. My parents for always supporting my dreams. My friends for inspiring me and putting up with my brand of crazy. Professionally, I would love to Thank my original mentor Patti Netto. She gave me a chance by letting me apprentice for her. I learned a lot about salon owning from her. Lexi Lomax owner of Ooh La LA salon & spa in El Cajon, the first salon I worked at after i got my license. She is an incredible human to her core. She is a positivity beacon, when you can’t quite see the way. Lastly, but not least, Amparo Gallegos owner of Strands Salon in Rancho Bernardo. I’ve had the ability to learn from her over the last 11 years. Her methods can be unconventional, but it showed me different ways to look situations and how to handle them.

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Allison Meade