We can’t believe it has already been 1 year since opening this salon. We love all of you so much!
We hope you enjoy this interview with owner/creator of LaLa Lash Bar, LT!
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Can you walk us through sort of how things got started?
“ So I went to school at Aveda Fredric’s Institute. While there, I met another student there who was already doing lashes. I had already been wearing them since I was 18 so after meeting her and learning even more about it, I became very interested and decided to do more research. From that point on I knew that’s what I wanted to do. So I started pursuing lashes from the very beginning of hair school.”
9,510 Followers on Instagram…You have a pretty established following on social media. How did you get to that point?
“ I did a lot of research on how to grow my brand on social media. That definitely helped me a lot. You can get information about anything on google or youtube. Through lashing, I met a few influencers and that helped me grow my following on instagram as well. Now we are all close friends because of it.”
What do you think was your ‘biggest break’ thus far in your career/business endeavor?
“We have slowly, but consistently, progressed the growth of the salon. I started lashing in an attic and since have moved to a spare room, then to a little room in a salon, and now in our current location in Oakley.
Wow, so much has changed in just a couple of years. What do you think your biggest challenge was in getting to this point?
“Having two salons in two different states. It’s been difficult expanding outside of Cincinnati and it has definitely been a learning experience. It’s a different environment, different people, and the laws for opening a salon in Kentucky are so different than Ohio. This is part of growing pains however, and now I know for the future to be extremely prepared when stepping outside of state lines. I absolutely love both of my salons and the city of Louisville as well.”
So in a few short months, you’re moving into a brand new salon. One that you’re designing and doing all on your own. What does that mean for LaLa Lash?
“Referring to an earlier question, I think moving into our new salon will be our big break. I think that is really when I will be able to take action on all of the ideas that I have for LaLa. It’s been hard to do in the small space that we are currently in.
What about Microblading/permanent makeup? When is that going to be added to the service menu?
It hasn’t been added to our service menu yet for a couple different reasons. One of them being, the space in our current salon is just too small. But mainly, I want to make sure that I am taking my time and doing all the training that I possibly can to provide the best service that I can.
So LaLa Cincinnati is the flagship, but you also have a salon in Louisville, correct? What’s going on there?
“We want to make sure everything is ready before we open the Louisville location. We are going to be shooting a recruitment video that will help educate people on our business and what exactly we will be doing. A lot of hair stylists are scared to make the switch to lashing so that’s why I wanted to make this video. So right now that is our first priority for Louisville.”
Where do you see LaLa in the future?
“I could see us expanding to other cities. We would have to do some market research to figure out the demand and competition but right now we are focusing on Cincinnati and Louisville. I think the future is bright for us and I’m super excited about what we have in store!”
What is your favorite memory from the being in this salon in the past year?
“I had so much fun at our photoshoot that we did for headshots. Anytime we all get together to do something, we all have a blast. I love all of my lash artists and front desk girls!”
What is your favorite part about lashing?
“When they open their eyes and they see their lashes for the first time. Seeing all of my beautiful clients get excited about their new lashes makes me so happy!”
For anyone starting a small business, especially in the beauty industry, what is the best advice you would give them?
“There are many things that I could say and it might be a little overwhelming to hear. But they are some of the most important things that I have learned through opening my business. Do your best not to get into any debt is a huge one. Work constantly. Work for free. But know your value. Don’t be afraid to take risks but don’t grow too quickly either.”
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I want to thank all of the amazing people that we have met over this past year. Thank you for sticking with us through all of our growing pains. I have loved getting to know the community and help every woman feel beautiful and get to know so many of you on a personal level. I couldn’t have asked for a better first year, here is to many more. XOXO, LT