By: Maddie Poteat
Eileen Staley grew up in a small town and thought she would end up in an equally small salon when she grew up. However, life had other plans! For the past five years Eileen has called our Regency location home!
As we close out the month of February we wanted to shine our stylist spotlight on someone who goes above and beyond. Not only is Eileen a top performing stylist (named a 2019 Top Performer) she is also one of our talented business coaches. The enthusiasm she has for her work is contagious and we are so excited to shine this month’s stylist spotlight on her!
How long have you been a stylist at Garbo’s Salon and Spa and what made you want to work there?
Being from a small town, I always thought I’d end up in a small, family run salon but the minute I met Darcy Michalek (Owner of Garbo’s Salon and Spa), I knew Garbo’s was for me. Family is such a big deal at Garbo’s and I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve been lucky to be with Garbo’s for five years and I have no plans of ever leaving!
Why did you choose to be a hairstylist and why do you love it?
When I think back to my childhood I was always doing my doll’s, sister’s, and even friend’s hair before 4th grade basketball games! I knew from the time I was a child that I loved hair and that I would make that my job when I grew up.
I’ve come a long way since playing with my doll’s hair – I used to think hair had to be wet to get a curl with a curling iron! Every year in this business makes me love my job even more. There really is no better feeling than seeing my clients smile and check themselves out after I do their hair. Knowing I’ve made a positive impact in how they see themselves means the world to me!
What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?
If I could do hair color all day long, I would be one happy girl! It always keeps me on my toes and makes me think!
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We understand you are an educator for the salon - what do you teach and why did you want to start teaching?
I get the privilege of teaching both Wella hair color theory and business coaching. I was approached and asked to teach both subjects and I couldn’t say no. There was a need to help out new stylists who wanted a better understanding of the Wella color line and there were also a large number of stylists who needed direction on how to grow to be a successful stylist behind the chair.
What is the biggest challenge you encounter as a hairstylist and how do you overcome it?
The job is pretty glamorous and there really isn’t much to complain about but nothing hurts me more than having an upset client. Sometimes color doesn’t go as planned or we aren’t on the same page but luckily, you can fix any color or style and make it right!
In your opinion, what does it take to become a successful hairstylist?
The list goes on and on! To me, being genuine and really focusing on what your client needs is so important. Clients need our help and it is such a blessing to have the opportunity to be there for them!
You can find Eileen on Instagram @staleyeileen. She uses her page to show off her hair and beauty work, behind the scenes pics and any new services she is offering so I would recommend giving it a follow!
Thanks as always for reading!