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Meet Blyss Macias of The Industry in Del Mar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blyss Macias.

Blyss, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
What a crazy journey. I did not do very well in school, originally I started beauty school as a way to graduate my last year of high school. Halfway through I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. I progressed really fast in makeup and men’s grooming, which is still something I specialize in now. About two years ago I started getting pushed to start my own salon. My clients, family and friends, all kept mentioning it to me. I fought it for a long time, it just felt like too much, and another responsibility that did not seem necessary.

But even though I have always worked in wonderful salons, I began to see the need for a different influence. Gossip, superficial personas and nasty competition have always been part of a virus we combat in the beauty industry. It’s hard to just be good at your technical job, but the downfall many people face is that their identity can get ripped apart if they’re not careful. With all that in mind, I started looking at venues, business models, and nothing sat well. Then, I got connected with salon republic and when I went in for a walk-through, it felt like magic! So many things lined up and I knew it was right!

It was a massive risk; I had no money, no plan, only the name of the salon I wanted, and a three-month deadline to get everything together. So I started asking questions, getting advise from business owners, and working as much as I could. The salon opened in March of 2017, it wasn’t grand or spectacular but it was real and every cause for celebration.

We’ve had our ups and downs- early on I had to part ways with a business partner, and although difficult, we got through it and are still good friends. I get to work with amazing people, I’m constantly surrounded by creative genius.

One thing about my intent to name the business “The Industry” was that I wanted to change the way people saw beauty. The salon should be a beautiful and safe place, not a place you bare through hoping the stylist understands you enough and gives you something you can tolerate. It should be a place to build a relationship, a place people feel valued and seen. My goal is to bring out my guests identity, have them believe in themselves, and be confident- my job is to help that last layer of themselves match what they know is on the inside.

I have other people in the salon, I also collaborate with amazing photographers, and I’m currently building a wedding and events team. But no matter what we do, in the salon for a routine service or producing a creative shoot, it’s never just about the job. It’s about the connections we make and the people who come alive.

Great, 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’s definitely been an upward battle. Some things have moved along a lot faster and smoother than I expected. I could not have asked for a better location, or better people to work with.

The stylists and makeup artists in there now are phenomenal, and the photographers I work with have added so much to live beyond just work. But as I said, I did not have a lot of preparation going into this. Which had its benefits, fear could not be a factor, and my own insecurities almost didn’t even have time to be considered. I have had to learn a lot in a short amount of time.

My business partner leaving definitely hurt, and I had to take on much more than bargained for. But I also think it pulled something out of me that I did not know was there. To be honest, I don’t know that The Industry would be what it is, nor I be who I am without the challenges I faced. I guess it just depends on how you look at things.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Industry – what should we know?
The Industry is a hair salon in Del Mar. We offer cuts, color, any styling and event makeup. I think the thing I’m most proud of is bringing the art out of people. I believe people were meant to be masterpieces. People are already beautiful, I love that I can contribute by bringing that out of them.

People feel most confident, not when they’re trying to be someone else or wearing something ill-fitting, it’s when they see a side of themselves they’ve never seen before. Together we go on a journey to find that true person and bring them out. I love seeing men and women just shine as they walk out after a cut or color.

During a paint shoot, I love seeing people pose and be sassy, almost like this is the first time they’ve seen themselves in a mirror. And after I love hearing that they don’t even want to take the paint off because they loved their experience so much.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think one of the most important qualities in any person’s success would be the determination to never give up.

Sometimes resting, recouping, learning and adjusting are in order but if you don’t give up you will have some form of success. I’ve also seen that beyond talent, skill, and resource, the people who are determined to be happy and joyful no matter what, usually are. That usually adds to their success as well.

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Ernie and Fiona Photography

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