Today we’d like to introduce you to Carly Fisher.
Hi Carly, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
So I started Cosmetology school in 2011 at Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology in Timonium MD. Early in school, I recognized I had an ongoing Alcohol addiction and during cosmetology school I got sober. (I have been sober for over 10 years now).
I wanted to make it so bad in this industry. It was the first school and life experience that I felt that I belonged and had a purpose. I then went on to get my license and worked in various salons. I had a passion for Updos and Bridal hair. There was one stylist at a salon that I worked at that actually told me that I would never make it.
She told me I needed more education and that I wasn’t very good. I left defeated that day and of course, cried. However, after some research and networking, I got a job offer from an amazing bridal company. I left the salon and dove deep into bridal hair only, within the year I was published in The Washingtonian. 2 years later, I started my first company Pins-N-Brushes.
I also chose to work and build a clientele in a local salon. I had a great experience and learned a lot. During those 5 years, I pursued my SENIOR COSMETOLOGIST license as well as took on an apprentice. As the bridal work grew 5 years later I decided it was time I gave a salon of my own a shot. Thats when I opened Pins Studios! We are happy, growing, and thriving!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It certainly has not been a smooth road! When I first opened my shop- days later my ex and I split up. then 5 months later COVID hit and I lost all of our weddings- in turn, all of our income. We returned to the salon but only one of us could work at a time on one client at a time. As you can imagine we made just enough to keep our head above water and our doors open.
Fast forward to 2021, I was pregnant and hospitalized, put on bed rest, then hospitalized again and on hospital bedrest, and finally, my daughter was born 16 weeks premature at 24 weeks. I didn’t think she was going to make it. To make a stressful situation more stressful I had to return back to work and work 7 days a week while she was in the Nicu.
SO juggling the salon, the Nicu, and two babies at home were certainly challenging. Looking forward to 2022 with hopefully zero hiccups
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am best known for my Updos and bridal work. I have been published both nationally and internationally. I think what sets me apart is my attention to detail and desire to create a beautiful, unique, and lasting style for every client. I am focused and driven and put a lot of time and thought into each and every client.
In the salon, I am known for Corrective color. I am a human swatch book and love a good challenge. Taking someone who has previously had a rough experience and earring their trust is so important to me! Im genuinely invested in every person who sits in my chair
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I have taken many risks, I think you cannot be an entrepreneur without taking risks and without FAILING at those risks sometimes. It’s NEVER a loss and always a LESSON.
Opening my salon has been the biggest risk and challenge of my career. I have made mistakes I have had to fix, In the same breath, we’ve made some good decisions too that created a positive change. Risk taking is scary but it is necessary
- Haircuts 50$
- Corrective Color 100$ per hour
- Bridal updo 150$
- Full Balyage starting at 225$
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.pinsstudios.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/pinsnbrushes or www.instagram.com/pinsstudios
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/pinsstudios