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Meet Salima Subramanian of Serenity Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Salima Subramanian.

Hi Salima, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I moved to Texas in 2008 with my daughter after getting my associate’s degree in Accounting. My fiancé lived in Ft. Worth at the time, and we were planning on moving to the Euless-Grapevine area, where the schools were good for my daughter, and I started looking for a job in the area. I had started working through a temp service and as a pharmacy tech trainee and realized that it wasn’t for me and the ethics were not there. As things fell into place, we got married, and I got pregnant as we discussed my work. While I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for the next year, I quickly realized that child care for 2, being a housewife, and managing the household was not what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was pushing 35, overwhelmed, and didn’t have a career direction I wanted to head in. As time passed, my hairstylist at Toni & Guy mentioned that I should do my hair. That seemed bizarre to me at the time, but the idea stuck in my mind. In 2014, after much thought and decision-making, I decided to leap and join cosmetology school at Toni & Guy. I started school, and it was not as I expected. I was the oldest student there and only had 1 instructor older than me. I did fall in love with hair. It became internal happiness as I saw clients leaving in joy after I finished the services. This is where I finally felt at ease, which made me continue to go on. I graduated in 2014 as a licensed hairstylist and learned both cut and color, and today I enjoy doing both.

I assisted in a JOICO-based salon for 2 years, which was my stepping stone to where I am today. While working there, I simultaneously worked at a Drybar and started to build my clientele. In 2016, after my 2-year stint at the JOICO-based salon, I leaped to open my place. I am truly grateful to my boss at the salon I worked at and the Drybar, where I built my confidence as a stylist and could grow to where I could start a new venture. I opened my salon suite in 2016 in Frisco, TX, at the Mattison Ave Salon Suites, where I currently am, over 6 years later. I am currently taking new clients and have an established clientele, some of whom have been coming to me for 6 years. I am constantly learning new trends, keeping up to date with continued education, and taking classes to enhance my client’s experience as they enter the salon. I have recently expanded to include head spa and scalp treatments/ scalp facials to provide a selective service tailor-made to my client’s requirements.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?
When the opportunity came to get into a suite on my own, it was scary, as I didn’t have any clients at the time, and I was unsure. I had gone to check out the space. As I was there, a walk-in client came to the room where I was in a suite for viewing and talking to the manager and wanted to have her daughter’s hair done for a Daddy/Daughter dance, and I told her I couldn’t do it here as this isn’t my suite, but I could help her out later and which I was able to do. That evening, as I was on Facebook and someone wanted their makeup done for her wedding the next morning, I offered to do it. The money from that day was the same amount I needed for my deposit at the suite. I then called my dad and asked him what I should do, and he said, “Call me crazy, but I think it’s meant to be,” so even with not having a clientele, per Daddy’s words, I leaped! I have now had my suite for over six years, despite all the difficulties of being a woman-owned business, self-employed for the first time, and dealing with the stigma of cultural differences, rejection, and failure. With Covid, etc., I have overcome those, and I have grown, both in size and experience, and I am still looking to grow.

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about Serenity Studio?
I am a hairstylist, and business woman. I specialize in haircuts, Balayage Highlights and color services. I’m an also a Scalp Specialist and offer Scalp Facials and Scalp Treatments focusing on client’s needs and issues. I pride myself on haircuts, and that has always been my forte. I thoroughly enjoy my brushes, combs, foils, and, most of all, playing with my hair! That is a passion on its own and gives me happiness beyond measure. Every day, I strive to find ways to give my clients more and enjoy their experience in the salon in a much more relaxed way and get resources to find better quality products for my client’s health and salon environment. Soon, the salon will be headed slightly differently to meet my client’s needs. As I work, I take my time for each client and only double book if clients accept, and I do not have a double book while working with highlights at any time. I give my clients the attention they came in for and respect their time when they are in for their service. I am honest with my clients and will tell them what they need to know. I sometimes feel stylists don’t tell clients if there is something wrong, the hair isn’t perfect, or something didn’t work out for fear of them losing the client, so I do things a bit differently I tell them. I feel that a client will trust you more when you let them know what’s going on, and they will also respect you. Color is fixable, and they need to trust you, so being honest is appreciated.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I do believe credit is due for sure for where I am today to where I was when this began: My Dad- Diamond Lalani, for trusting me to make my dream come true, and My Husband- Devraj Subramanian, for walking through this with my hand in hand and being my biggest supporter for my dreams and my business and sleepless nights to getting me where I am today. And My kids Azmeenas & Diya with dealing with me working like crazy. My mentors are Mary Ann Pope, Huey Huu Heiu (Benny Nguyen), Jodi Michelle, and Jody Kelley. These are the ones that have stood by me and watched me grow, and supported me in the past 6 years. By teaching me and guiding me when I would get stuck or have questions on something I was working on, they have stepped up to always being there. They are a huge part of my success.

Pricing:

  • Haircuts start at $55
  • Root touch ups starting at $75
  • Scalp facials depending on what’s needed

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Image Credits
Arun Salima

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