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

Hi Richelle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When deciding to start my own business, most important was to create a space where clients could come in and leave real life at the door. I want everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed and leave feeling amazing about themselves. I also love that the success of each day is solely based on my efforts. There is a lot that goes into having your own business but all the hard work is so much more rewarding when it’s your own little baby.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a hairstylist for over 16 years, which sounds crazy when I say it out loud. I went straight from high school to cosmetology school and then was lucky enough to work in a great salon right out of hair school. The industry has come such a long way since I started. The resources are endless these days. There are so many more opportunities to assist and really be confident before you start taking your own clients. Being confident about my skills and decisions took so much longer without that safety net of assisting. Building a clientele has probably been one of the biggest changes. When I was starting out, social media wasn’t a thing. I would literally walk up to strangers, introduce myself and hand them a card. That thought now sounds terrible. Social media has hands down been the best thing for my business, it’s free marketing and ultimately how most people find new places, services, etc.

I specialize in lived-in color that allows clients to have incredible looking color without having to be in the salon constantly. The majority of my clients only need to come see me every 3-4 months and the grow out is soft and blended.
My favorite thing about what I do for work is the fact that I am able to make people feel so good about themselves. I know what a positive affect a great cut and or color can have on someone and that just makes me so happy.

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?
Interesting question, I am a homebody at heart but the truth is San Diego has so much to offer. Some of my favorite places include the beach. Depending on if we’re going to lay in the sand or have cocktails. I love Windansea, Coronado has restaurants with amazing views of downtown across the water and Mission/Pacific Beach if you’re looking for busy bars. I love the San Diego Zoo and of course Balboa Park, The Japanese Friendship Garden there is so beautiful to walk through. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, we are a quick drive to Mexico for some amazing lobster and margaritas or a surprisingly incredible time wine tasting in the Guadalupe Valley. Our options here for food are endless, seriously if you crave it we probably have it. I find myself in Little Italy a lot, every street is filled with amazing restaurants. Top faves include Barbusa, Monello, King & Queen Cantina, Born & Raised and you have to do brunch at Morning Glory.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Obviously having the support of my husband was crucial in starting my own business but I have always looked up to my dear friend Carly @the.blonde.chronicles who continues to do such big things in our industry.

Website: www.hairandothertales.com

Instagram: @hair.and.other.tales

Facebook: Richelle Wallbrett

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