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Conversations with the Inspiring Nora Khamphoukeo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nora Khamphoukeo.

Nora, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always loved doing my own hair and my friends. I enjoyed it so much I went to cosmetology school at a really young age. I was only 16 when I applied. After I graduated, I worked for several franchises like Supercuts, Great Clips, and Sports Clips. That being said, I’ve always have worked for someone else. I got to a point where I was unhappy not making the income I wanted. I work so hard and just seeing how much money I was making other companies it was very disappointing. I finally took a leap of faith after a decade with my partner Kim and we opened a hair studio together for the last 10 months. It has been busy which I am blessed and thankful for!

Has it been a smooth road?
With any success, I truly believe there will be rocky moments. The struggles I’ve had were the beginning of opening the hair studio things were a bit slow. Not sure clients were going to follow me or even getting new clients in. Opening a new business is always so scary. Scared of the business failing. But everything worked out!
If you work hard for what you want only good things will be the outcome. My advice is to make a realistic goals and reach it. Be passionate and love what you do! When you love what you do it is the best feeling to have. Take a business class, talk to your peers for advice and be open to new things.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Kira Salon Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
Well, originally, I started out doing women and men hair. Then branch out doing mostly men hair and now I’m back doing both. I really enjoy doing haircuts and balayages! I’m known for haircuts and balayages. I love how haircuts are like a quick pick me up. They don’t take very long but makes a difference. But balayages I love the outcome, you just need a little patience cause it takes some time. What I am proud of as a brand is that were honest, fair, and always working to be better. I feel what sets me apart is my hard work, I’m really likable, easy to talk to and I try my best at all times. If you don’t like something I’ll do my best to adjust what I need to.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
The biggest barrier today is we need more iconic women in our industry. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty. But I love when they share their formulas and their hair knowledge. Like that, saying sharing is caring! Share your knowledge. We need more women to encourage women empowerment.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Phenix Salon Suites
    13179 Black Mountain Road
    Suite 102-5
    San Diego, CA 92129
  • Phone: (858) 209-9349
  • Email:
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Image Credit:

Nora Khamphoukeo, Alex Usaslip

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