Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Middleton.
Hi Jamie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started my career as a hairdresser in 2004 and created The Hair Parlour in 2012 With an intense drive to create a beauty space that was intimate, honored clean, natural beauty as well as community.
Being in the Crossroads and in a community arts building inspired me tremendously as the years went on. I love opportunity’s to collaborate with other artists in the building and neighborhood, countless photoshoots, fashion shows, events. I also found innovative ways to elevate the salon industry by hosting salon community events. Combing technique education with wellness is always my favorite, As well as hosting pop up classes from stylist friends from around the country. That was a really great energetic time. After having two children and the shifts of Covid, it has been really important for me to slow down quite a lot. I have downsized the shop to 2 chairs and continue to operate in the same building The Bauer in the crossroads, taking a small amount of clients each month, some I’ve known for almost 15 years and some new clients, I also still love the opportunity to work with weddings and local happenings. But still giving my energy and time to be with my family. Which is my current passion. I feel very lucky and privileged to still have my creative outlet and to be with my community and have my hands in hair.
And will ramp it up again one of these days.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Running the Hair Parlour has been such an honor. It has been like a baby that I love taking care of and have had many ups and downs. I’ve had to rewrite my business plan and goals many times, which I actually love to do. Some of the biggest struggles for me have been leadership and that I am a people pleaser and often can take on too much. Whether it’s too many clients or veering off of my vision of why I started And not saying No enough to things that were not honoring my truth and vision.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
The Hair Parlour In the Bauer Building is a cozy intimate salon. Offering low toxic hair services. We honor your Natural Beauty. And are known for working with the community on local photoshoots and fashion shows, bridal and wedding makeup and hair.
What sets us apart is, although we are very small and intimate, we have a fierce love for our community and are ready to support in many ways.
What I love most about our brand is that we have been able to create a low-tox, relaxing beauty space and include everyone, whether you want to enhance your natural beauty, be super casual, or very glamorous or outrageous, we are here for all it.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love all these things. I love Instagram for work, connecting with clients, community and other stylists.
Podcasts – Goop, 10 percent happier, nurture Vs Nurture.
Books – clean eating cookbooks, Brene Brown, Cleo wade, Thich NHat Hanh.
- Website: www.hairparlourkc.com
- Instagram: Thehairparlourkc
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