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Life and Work with Kat Mulvaney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kat Mulvaney.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always known I wanted to be a hairdresser since I was a young girl. After high school, my dream was to move to California and attend hair school, but instead, I was highly persuaded to attend college back east. After attending college for a few years (which definitely wasn’t for me), I went to cosmetology school. I was required to work in Massachusetts for three years before transferring my license out west. My first mentor showed me that there was more than hairdressing behind the chair and introduced me to fashion and editorial hair in New York City and pushed me to get Redken NYC HairColor Certified. The second salon I worked for was one of the top salons in the country and was where I built a strong client base. While working behind the chair, I also worked as an Ambassador for Pureology (a haircare line). I was able to transfer my position with Pureology out west and started working as a hairstylist at Salon Bordeaux in Normal Heights – San Diego.

I was very lucky to find a salon with like-minded people who share the passion and creativity for this industry. These stylists are more about collaboration rather than competition. It is a hybrid salon (meaning you can work for the salon or work for yourself within the salon) that has a team mentality.
Within a year and a half, I was able to build my business within the salon’s business. I absolutely love what I do. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to be in control of my own schedule (having a three day weekend is a plus!), being able to work in a fun environment, and most importantly, making my clients look and feel good which makes me feel good! 🙂

Has it been a smooth road?
Set goals, walk towards them, and fulfill them.

I had to essentially start my career over… I had to rebuild my entire clientele. I hustled – introducing myself to strangers inviting them into the salon & handing them my business cards basically anywhere I went, I worked long hours – eager for walk-ins at the salon and remained grateful for all my clients- assisting me with referrals. Hard work will pay off and it will be worth it.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with your business – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in Color, Design, and Bridal Hair. I also travel all over Southern California as a traveling bridal hairstylist.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
The world of hair is fast paced and always evolving. Instagram is an app that has helped me market myself and gain followers and clientele showcasing my work. It also is a place that allows artists to connect with each other and learn and grow from each other’s work. Education and inspiration are available at your fingertips.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3393 Adams Ave
    San Diego, CA 92116
    Normal Heights
  • Website:
  • Phone: 619-282-6100
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @katmulvaney
  • Facebook: @katmulvaneyhair

Image Credit:

@nataliebrayphoto, @christine_tustin, @bravemoments

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