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

Hi Mosie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I decided to approach this answer differently than something physical. I wanted to address this a little smaller and intimately because I think its a big deal! As hairstylists, we have such a huge reach when it comes to human connection. We speak to so many people daily and are so intimately connected with the people in our chair. We have people who sit in our chair, trust us to listen, trust us to physically alter the way the world sees them and of course make them feel more confident and feel heard. As an educator I also feel this reach spreads to others in the same career path as mine. Wether it be something as simple as confidence in recommending a shampoo to their guest to lifting them up and knowing their worth though education, it comes down to confidence. I am a firm believer that confidence is the key to any success. We are all struggling with some form of confidence ailment and as hair stylists we see it in a special way behind the chair. Our clients tell us the deepest and most vulnerable thoughts. This can be for a lot of reasons. People just want to feel good and be heard and if their hair looks great in the process, it only sweetens the deal. If that can make them more confident on their job interview, having a hard conversation with a loved one or even going out and dating, it makes a difference. I personally have plenty that I can work on with my confidence but I can defiantly tell you that every time I help someone else feel a little more confident enough to take that selfie, to stand a little taller, to put on something nice, to take part in self care… it makes me one step closer to confident. I feel like we are so gifted to spend this time with our guests and its a very unique situation where we can really change their lives. Confidence can change every section of your life. Gaining confidence also makes you gain understanding and indifference to peoples short comings. When you wear the right outfit, you stand your tallest even in the dmv. When you give someone a compliment, it builds you up. Something as simple as the right toner or the right length of a haircut can make someone feel elevated and they will project that onto the rest of their life. Lifting each other up is the good stuff so lets spread it! 

What should our readers know about your business?
I have been lucky enough to work at the same salon for 11 years now. While being there, I have worked from being a floor assistant, to personal assistant, to junior stylist, to commission stylist and finally to owning my own business. I started working there when I was a young age of 20. I have spent some of my most formative years in the walls of the salon and I couldn’t be luckier. Was it easy? Absolutely not. Working behind the chair as a beginner was quite possibly one of the scariest things I have ever done. Being a hair dresser is such a huge responsibly and when you’re a young woman who just moved to the city, there are A LOT of lessons to learn. I spent a lot of years being super unhealthy, being insanely over dramatic, having a monstrous ego and thinking I was ready to conquer the world. WRONG. The answer was in the education. Education comes in a lot of different shapes and forms but man, I got them all. I firstly became a personal assistant to two amazing women who are both so different yet so in sync. I learned how to not be a total idiot, be accountable, be even moderately professional and also DON’T MESS UP PEOPLES’ HAIR. A HUGE lesson I learned was to ditch the ego. It’s not cute and does nothing for anyone, not even you. I have been working to master the art of not taking myself to seriously and know that I can learn something from every single person and situation ever. I don’t remember where I heard this quote but it;s stuck with me: “If you’re the smartest in the room, you’re in the wrong room”. I had to work a couple jobs at a time to stay afloat in the city but that rocked my world pretty hard. Working all day at the salon then working at a fancy cocktail bar all night just to wake up and do it again. I got very good at not sleeping for a while there which lead to a lot of unhealthy choices. One of the scarier steps that i took was leaving my second job (and the financial security) to fully tend to my career as a hair stylist. It hurt my bank account but not for long! before you knew it, i was booking several weeks in advance and financially stable. Sometimes the scariest steps are the best ones to make. Now I own my own business and even in the face of closures during a pandemic, I’m still flourishing! My “brand” is simple. YOU ARE NEVER DONE LEARNING. EVER. I want people to experience growth and confidence in my chair. I want to dedicate my business to making my guests feel like a million bucks so they go out into the world and do it for someone else. Fingers crossed for the “butterfly effect” and hopefully it makes a difference!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man, I love playing tour guide. Food: I currently live in Golden Hill and I think its the coolest neighborhood. -First stop for dinner and drinks is ALWAYS Turf Supper Club. It’s the spot. Total dive bar feel BUT the strongest drinks around for a great price. The food? It ‘s a supper club so you can get a steak, chicken, portabello patty and whatever else is on the men and you grill it yourself! – Fernside in South Park. We like to call this place our Cheers. Fernside has a great menu with something for everyone, amazing drinks and also they have iconic boozy slushees. -Brunch: Tobeys 19th Hole is another dive gem. It is at the end of the Balboa golf course and if you sit on the balcony you have an epic view of san diego while you eat your bacon and eggs. -Kindred- This is an epic Vegan/Metal bar/restaurant. Dont be fooled, their food might be vegan but my husband and I love taking meat eaters there and blowing their socks off. Some of the best cocktails in the city. Hands down. -Piacere Mio for dinner! I loveeeee pasta and this is the only place you should be eating authentic italian pasta in San Diego -Lunch subs at Mona Lisa in Little Italy. Best Subs in the city no contest. – Drinks at the roof top of Born and Raised. Its a staple to take people to one of these places because they’re over the top and showy. -Coffee at Young Hickory!!! -Vino Carta in Little Italy for a wine experience like no other. Its firstly a store but also a house for a bunch of random and interesting bottles of wine and you can pop a bottle there! We are there all the time We love taking people to Kate Sessions park. It has a beautiful hilltop view of San Diego and the bay. Huge plus that its dog freindly and there are a million dogs around. We are big hockey lovers and so is most of our family so if its hockey season you will most likely find us at Stouts Public House downtown. Its exactly what you need out of a hockey bar and for being in San Diego, thats saying a lot.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh man, there are a lot of people/books to thank for where I am right now. I have been working at the same salon for 11 years now and the entire team at Hyde Edwards has been a huge support for me since day one. Our salon owner Rebecca has always been supportive of what I want/ need to do in my career wether it be going independent, taking a break, working less, working more, teaching and all of the other goods. I also assisted two badass ladies at the beginning of my career and they taught me everything about my business. Julia and Suzy showed me what it was like to be successful from color formulation, clientele growth, strength and confidence. Im also always down with a good book and The ONE Thing By Gary Keller helped me get grounded and invigorated to amplify my business even though we are amid a shut down in the pandemic. Doesn’t matter what you do for work, READ THAT BOOK. It should also be said that I really do have the most supportive husband. He is constantly supporting whatever crazy idea i have, encouraging me to work my hardest and making sure that I keep both feet moving forward. He also is very good at knowing what days to bring home ice cream.

Website: www.mosiegardner.com
Instagram: mosiegardner
Yelp: Hyde Edwards Salon and Spa

Image Credits
Ryan West Photography Becca Batista Photo Shop Nora Lee

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