Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Wright.
Hi Anna, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I attended Grabber School of Hair Design in 2014. I’ve worked primarily in full-service salons. In 2019 I worked only on Nails, and as much as I enjoy hair, I felt more creative doing nails. Covid put a damper on everything. I went back to cutting men’s hair and decided I’d had enough doing corporate salons. I just took a leap of faith in myself and came across a loft. I didn’t have access to my previous clientele from the last Nail salon, so I’m starting over. I’m currently working on men’s haircuts and Doordash while building my business. My suite isn’t fancy or has a lot of decors, but I focus on having quality products for clients. All the glitz and glam will come over time. I’d love to be where I don’t have to work multiple jobs or reach unrealistic goals in a corporate salon. Burnout is real in this industry; people keep getting pushed to breaking points. That’s why loft suites have become so popular. I want to make people feel safe and welcomed in my suite. There is never a right time to do anything, and I didn’t want to regret not starting. It’s hard work, but I can’t keep pouring myself into places that aren’t going to elevate me.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest struggle is building a clientele. Marketing is expensive, and the struggle is real when it’s just yourself. I highly recommend a booking system that is easy for clients to book on. I have a metal business card and eco-friendly cards that I mount to the outside of my loft door when I’m unavailable. I think the second biggest struggle is pricing and services. You don’t need to offer every single service out there. Do what makes you comfortable and what your niche is. Regarding pricing, you can offer promos but don’t discount your worth to the point that you are paying the client for their appointment. We are licensed professionals.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I enjoy abstract art, feel more creative, and like to be organic with designs. I like to remind clients that we don’t copy machines, and pictures are an inspiration. I’d love later on to learn how to anime nails. I love anime, my first love of it was Sailor Moon. I’d have to say my personality and my cat’s stories. I’m like a capybara. I get along with most and enjoy making people laugh. I try to put as much kindness in this world. You never know what someone is going through.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Consistently, continued education, boundaries, creating a safe environment, believing in yourself, and not letting negatively in your space.
- Website: https://linktr.ee/annannovadesigns
- Instagram: @annannovadesigns