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Daily Inspiration: Meet Judy Weidel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Judy Weidel.

Hi Judy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My dream to become a stylist started in sixth grade. My parents wanted me to attend a private high school but I wanted to go to a trade school that offered cosmetology. I didn’t win that battle but found myself cutting my school mates hair in the bathroom! After graduating, I went to upstate New York to find myself.

That lasted about six months! When returning I applied and started college. I realized that it wasn’t for me and was lucky enough to find a cosmetology apprenticeship. I then started the path that would offer me fun, success, and financial freedom! I opened my first salon with a partner that I had trained and mentored in 1982. We implemented an apprentice program where we trained over 25 stylists some of whom own their own salons today. After 23 years my partner and I decided to go in different directions. I wanted something more independent and less responsible.

I decided to start a co-op with 6 of the other stylists at the salon. We worked hard as a team to put together a unique business model. After seven years three of our members have decided to go in a different direction which has led me to where I am today. I have been a stylist for 44 years and I love what I do and the people I meet. I’m always asked when will I retire but for me, it never feels like work!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There were many struggles along the way. During my apprenticeship in the late seventies, I made 70$ a week plus tips. The money was a struggle but it made me a stronger person and taught me how to survive on my own with little income.

My first salon grew very large very quickly. It was hard to please everyone and soon my partner and I had different opinions on how to manage a large salon. After 23 years we parted ways. Along with six others, I started to form a salon.

After 5 years the pandemic hit. It was a difficult time for all of us. Some managed better than others. There were many obstacles that we had to overcome but we found creative ways to make our business thrive. It was a challenge unlike any other

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in creative color, balayage, and lived-in looks. My haircuts are always personalized to my client and I’m known for my bobs and natural color. I love education and I learn quickly. I’m always up for a challenge whether it’s in coloring or cutting.

I am so proud that I have trained and mentored so many stylists along my journey. Each of them has their own sense of style and entrepreneurship

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Personally, my family matters more to me than anything. Professionally, I strive to ensure that each client feels welcomed, that I am consistent with my skills, that each client leaves the salon feeling better than when they came. Education is the key to success and motivation.

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