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

Hi Holley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Growing up my Dad always said, “The only way to work is for yourself!” I knew coming out of hair school that I would have to start from the bottom to learn about the business before I did anything on my own. I took an apprenticeship at a busy neighborhood salon in East Dallas. I was struggling though. I loved doing hair but I was unhappy with my environment. I committed to completing my apprenticeship no matter what happened. I learned a lot about myself and the business through that process. I knew what I needed to do. As I continued to try to find my place in this industry, I decided to take the leap and go out on my own.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I specialize in balayage and corrective color. Whatever is trending, I’m on it! I am mostly known for my seamless blending and dimensional colors. The hair industry has been the same for years and now everything is changing. I love it! The trending color techniques today are more lived in and organic. The beauty is, once you get to your overall goal tone and brightness, the maintenance is low. What makes me successful is I create custom colors to fit my client’s lifestyle and personality. My clients come in after 8-10 weeks for their hair appointment just to refine their current look. Overall, their hair still looks pretty great and thats how I know that I’m doing it right! I’m not knocking traditional highlights: But with traditional highlights, your color has a timeline. If you want that platinum blonde ‘to the root’ look, there’s nothing wrong with that. But, make it easy on yourself. I’m a mom of two, as well as a business owner so I try to relate to the woman on the go and offer better solutions to fit their lifestyle so they don’t have to live several weeks in between appointments with those visible “roots”. Hair school teaches you the basics and requires you to learn the rules to be able to break them. I break the rules all the time and do things that the traditional hairstylist may be very confused about. No two heads (of hair) are the same and I am constantly educating myself with new color techniques for my clients. Once I developed my own unique style, my business grew dramatically. I’ve had many struggles along the way but those are the moments that I grow the most. I am constantly educating myself to stay at the top of the game. I’ve learned that everyone isn’t going to like you and that’s ok. I can finally say I have my dream clientele.

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?
Oh, there’s so many places I’d want to take them. First, I would take them to Spiral Diner for my favorite Vegan comfort food. If we wanted something a little fancier for dinner then we would go to V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves. Dallas has some of the best Mexican food around. I would try to make time for to get over to El Palote Panaderia to stuff our faces with vegan nachos! For the best craft cocktails in town and a cool vibe, I would take them to see Gabe at Black Swan Saloon. As you are greeted with a cucumber water you will notice the assortment of infused spirits. Such as pineapple infused vodka and pecan infused bourbon. Tell the bartenders what you are in the mood for and they will show you the meaning of the word mixology. Live music is always my idea of entertainment. I would try to find a good show at The Bomb factory or The House of Blues. After all that eating and drinking I would then make them be my guest at my regular Orange Theory location and then sit by the coldest and most refreshing pool in Dallas at The Fraternal Order of Eagles for good tunes and cheap drinks. Theres so many awesome places in Dallas that a week here wouldn’t even allow enough time to show them everything.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Easy. My best friend, my husband, Sam. I met him shortly after graduating hair school. He is a huge part of my business, behind the scenes He has been there with me from the beginning. From state boards to having my own studio. He has supported me through this entire journey by helping me with every little detail. From the business side of things to the aesthetics.

Website: Vagaro.com/hairbyholley
Instagram: @hairbyholley
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