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

Hi Louanne, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Upon opening my salon doors, I knew that I wanted to give back. I choose to work with a nonprofit organization that is very close to my heart, the Friends of Scott Foundation. This organization works directly with children battling cancer. As a salon, we give by donating our time to do hair and makeup for their annual prom, offer gift cards for silent auctions, and give monetary year end donations. In 2018, I was given the philanthropist of the year award at their annual gala. Being able to support them through my small business has been one of the many highlights of my career.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My canvas is hair. I’ve known most of my life that I wanted to be a hairstylist, so much so that I started cutting my mother’s hair before I was even in high school. I do not believe though that success comes easily to any person. For myself, the easy part was always knowing deep down in my gut what I was meant to do. I recognize that; that in itself is an advantage. Beyond that, however, I have worked hard each day to obtain my successes. When it comes to the business side of our industry, I am self-taught. I’ll be honest, I made a lot of mistakes in my early years, but those mistakes are what helped me grow. In my opinion, learning from mistakes is vital to obtaining success. I am passionate about helping stylists learn how to navigate the business side of their cosmetology business and know that there is an untapped confidence that’s born when you become knowledgeable around how to successfully run the “behind the scenes”. One of the highlights of my career is ongoing and that is my education with TIGI. I started educating for the company at just 19 years old. I have taught cutting, makeup, and am currently a color educator for the company. Our partnership has not only helped me hone and grow my own skill set for myself and the clients who sit in my chair, but it also allows me to support thousands of fellow stylists across the globe. When a client sits in my chair, I pride myself on listening, really listening, to them. It allows me to execute a look for them that truly fits their lifestyle. I factor in maintenance (inside and outside of the salon), a client’s personal budget, realistic willingness to style, all while giving them something that makes them feel confident and beautiful. Whether that style is cutting edge or classic, they will feel comfortable in their own skin and I will feel confident executing the look thanks to my ongoing education. I believe that continually learning and evolving of one’s craft is a vital component to a successful business. Staying stagnant is not an option if you want to grow both personally and professionally.

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?
San Diego is such a beautiful and diverse place to live. I’m a born and raised San Diego gal and answering this question is tricky for me as the opportunities to explore this city are endless. If my best friend were visiting, it would be important to do a combination of classic San Diego tourist attractions mixed with my favorite local eats. A beach day is a must. If you’re along the coast, you can’t go wrong. I am also a huge fan of the world famous San Diego Zoo, having had a pass since I was a child and now as an adult, my family spends many days at the Zoo. The combination of being a nonprofit and helping animals thrive is near to my heart. For dining, I love having a nice night down in Little Italy. Having dinner at Barbusa, then dessert at Cafe Zucchero, and a night cap at False Idol makes for a wonderful evening out. For casual Sunday Funday, I’d spend my time in North Park. North Park will always be one of my go-to communities as it’s where my salon LaunchPad is located. You could brew crawl through the neighborhood to places like Belching Beaver to North Park Brewery, and stop for tacos along the way at City Tacos. The food and drink options are endless.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people I could thank as I believe it takes a village to support you through your business and life. First and foremost I need to recognize my husband, Joe. We chat through all of my thoughts. He keeps me grounded and challenged, but never shoots down an idea. My son, Ezra. The day he came into my life, it’s never been the same. If there’s any one person who pushes me to be my absolute best and self check my behaviors, it’s him. My family and my “Fine 9” girlfriends. They’ve known me most of my life and continue to love the ever evolving me. My hair mentors, Saylor, Ashley, Renee, Tammy, and Wendy guide, support, and check in on me and my business goals. Also, my clients are some of my biggest cheerleaders; they show up in my chair daily, believe in my craft, and value my salon successes.

Website: www.LouanneFerro.com
Instagram: @LaunchPadASalon
Yelp: https://yelp.to/qTKq/iOIFnuQsy5

Image Credits
ABM Photography Elizabeth Zuluaga Desiree Nicole