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

Hi Anastasia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I always knew one day that I wanted to run my own business. I had envisioned long term that I would be my own boss and run a business that reflected how much I enjoy the hair industry and the impact I wanted to make on people. I thought of all the opportunities I could have, from scheduling freedom to being in full creative control over my brand and how I make people feel.

Even though it felt really daunting and I knew it was going to take a lot of work, I knew that the pros to having my own business would outweigh any of the cons.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a licensed cosmetologist and owner of my salon suite “Salted Roots”. I’ve been doing hair professionally for four years and I specialize in so cal blondes and lived in natural color.

My biggest accomplishment thus far is definitely opening up my own salon suite. It’s something that I knew I always wanted to do and I’m very proud of it.

I got to where I am today by a lot of hard work and dedication. I spent over a year and a half assisting to really build my skills as well as extra classes to stay up to date on trends.

Starting up my own salon suite was definitely a leap of faith. It was after the second shutdown from Covid that I decided it was time to make a move. As many know starting up a business isn’t easy but during a global pandemic was way more daunting than I expected. But having the encouragement from my family and the support of my wonderful clients, it really pushed me to power through and put my undivided attention into my salon.

I definitely learned that success doesn’t happen overnight. There were lots of weeks where clients weren’t reaching out or I didn’t have anyone on the books and that’s scary! Especially when you have to cover all the finances involved in running a salon. I learned to really trust in the process and to be patient with the journey. Overtime things start to build and you see that light at the end of the tunnel. Although there is still tremendous growth I’d like to see for my salon I am extremely proud of where it’s at.

I aim to create an atmosphere that is relaxing and enjoyable for my clients. I want people to leave my salon feeling like the best version of themselves. I love the beach and all the simplistic beauty that it gives and that’s what I try to emulate for my clients hair.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d definitely have to start off with a beach day at Beech St. soak up the sun and dive into the waves. Id suggest we hit up crackheads afterwards for some fun cocktails. We’d go to a long list of restaurants Din Tai Fung, 264 Fresco, Kings & Queens, etc.

Some drinks spots we’d hit would be

The Shout House, False Idol and The flamingo deck in PB

I suppose we’d need some exercise so a hike at Torrey pines would be fun and have an amazing view.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course my number one support goes to my family, without them I wouldn’t be where I’m at. Another huge shoutout I have to give to is my mentor that I had when I was assisting LJ Sharman. She taught me almost everything I know about hair and gave me a huge step forward in my career. I definitely progressed much faster because of the knowledge she gave me.

Website: https://saltedroots.glossgenius.com/

Instagram: @hairbyawills

Yelp: https://m.yelp.com/biz/salted-roots-solana-beach

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