We had the good fortune of connecting with Janelle Varada and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janelle, can you tell us about an important risk you took in life?
Reflecting back on how the beauty industry has changed and will continue to change from when I first hit the floor as a young twenty-something is quite incredible, The only way to the top was earning it as an apprentice, You worked hard under the best in the industry in order to become the best you could be at your craft. My training was at Vidal Sassoon in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive. It involved dedication, education and long training, people in my industry called it. Graduating from the Harvard of hair. It was tough and took up to two years of serious education. The salon provided all the clients. Your job was to show up ready to work. Fast forward to today the hustle of today is a grind, you have to be creative using social media as the primary source of building a clientele. Gone are the days where the salon controlled who got what. We all know that story, the salon took up to 50% of your income just to have a salon floor to work on. The stylist was being bled, that is until the salon suite hit the industry to save us. Now we could work for ourselves and keep all the profits by leaving the big salons and going into a private salon studio, to be your own boss at the cost of less than it would cost to work or rent a chair in a salon. and with COVID here it seems the salon suites will be the safest way into the future. Offering one on one sessions lowering exposure to any virus and leaving the stylist future in our own hands.
What should our readers know about your business?
I love being a boutique salon suite. I can offer touches that large salons can’t afford to offer their clients such as power bars, wine, coffee and more. Becoming successful is continual hard work you have to stay current in methods and trends. I am always on the lookout across the web, magazines, and Instagram for what’s current in my industry. I continually take online hair color and cutting classes along with in-person hands-on classes. When you have the proper training and stay up to date it keeps you in demand
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?
I would take her to Bestia in DTLA one of my favorite spots in the city for dining. A day trip to Malibu for a delicious brunch with endless mimosas, or a Sunday brunch at Inn of the Seventh Ray one of my favorite spots for clean organic eats and polished off at The Griffith park Observatory for a great view of the city followed by an amazing hike and most definitely a wine bar and Little Dom’s in Los Feliz
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to My hairdresser parents, Anthony Morales Escamilla & Marie Belen Vasquez for inspiring me and exposing me to the beauty industry my entire life for supporting and loving their children. I was raised in hair salons as far back as I can remember surrounded by creative imaginative parents saying to me. You can be and do anything you want to. Reach for the stars. I listened.
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