Today we’d like to introduce you to Meagan Crowell.
Meagan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was fortunate enough to know at age 16 that I loved the beauty industry and wanted to open up my own salon. I was so set on this idea that when I turned 17, I found a tanning salon that became available so I called my dad to borrow 50k from him. haha Moral of the story that did not work out (thank goodness) otherwise I would still be in Tyler, TX.
I knew I needed some education if I wanted to open up my own salon and wanted to get out of Texas so I auditioned for a cheer team in Santa Barbara via video and told myself if I made the squad then I will move. I ended up making the team and studied business and communications.
In October 2008, my brother passed away which caused a huge effect on my life. It took me some time to really cope with my best friend gone and caused me to quit everything. I dropped out of college, dropped out of cheer, and even moved back to Texas.
I kept hearing my brother tell me to keep going… and finally I snapped out of it and enrolled to the Aveda Institute in Dallas because I wanted to be an owner of a salon that knew how to perform the services as well. I had no clue that I would love it so much!!!!
I got my license in 2009 and since then I have managed high-end salons and even got asked by the Director of the Aveda Institute to come back and teach! I couldn’t believe it!!
I went back and taught for 2 years and then realized I stopped chasing my personal dreams. I finally opened up my business in Dallas 2013. I loved every second of it!!! We even won Best in D Magazine!!
I came to San Diego to visit some college friends in 2015 and ended up meeting my husband on Tinder. Haha
He asked me to move here and honestly, I wanted to get back to California so I ended up keeping my salon in Dallas and opening up a studio here in San Diego. We now have a beautiful 10-month old baby boy named Kaleb so I needed to be closer to the house and still accommodate my clients so I found a beautiful salon and boutique only 3 blocks away that still allows me to be my own boss while raising my son.
I am loving making San Diego even more beautiful!!
Has it been a smooth road?
Haha! absolutely not, but I have enjoyed the journey. If it was easy, everyone would do it. You need to have heart and passion to keep going. As a salon owner, you deal with so much… from creating your ideal salon, the best systems you would like to implement, lighting is extremely crucial, when equipment or plumbing issues happen then you better make sure you are on it.
More importantly, finding the right stylist to work with you. It is so hard to find quality, honest employees but once you find them, you never let them go and you let them know how much you appreciate them. You also deal with customer service as well. Customer service is extremely big for me because each client is your walking billboard plus each client is paying to have a great service. As an owner, it is important for me to make sure everyone is happy and if a client is not happy, I handle it immediately.
To answer your question, yes there are definitely struggles but without struggles.. you will not learn how to make yourself and your business better. I really have valued all of lessons I have learned and still learning.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I believe every woman is beautiful and it is my job to help enhance that beauty. I am well known for performing beautiful color and haircuts. My absolute favorite color to do is blonde… love me some blonde babes!!
What sets me apart from other stylists is my passion and love for each client in my chair. I do not care if you have seen me for 8 years or this is your first visit, I will always treat you like this is your first visit and give you the MVP deal aka Meagan Values People deal lol which means a full consultation (I love pictures), an amazing scalp massage, and I nice style. I also care about the integrity of your hair so I do keep it extremely honest with all of my clients and they show me a picture of what they want, I will let them know if we can achieve that today or not. I would rather under promise, and over deliver while maintaining your hair.
What also sets me apart is the products I use. You know the saying “You are, what you eat”? This is actually similar to your hair as well. Your hair is a direct reflection of what you put on it. I provide an exclusive color line (Keune) that conditions and shines the hair along with styling products that act as a hair care for your hair (Kevin Murphy & Unite). It is important what you put on your hair because let’s face it, this is the only crown we wear everyday.
I want every woman loving the way she looks because when you look good, you feel good.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely!! This industry is not going anywhere and especially in San Diego which continues to grow!
Yes, there are a lot of hairstylists in San Diego but do not be afraid of that!! There is not a hairstylist that is YOU!
When I moved to San Diego, I knew NOBODY except 2 people (my husband and his sister). I did not care and just started marketing myself and have grown my business since then.
You are in control of your own destiny, do not allow the city or competition discourage you.
- Address: 1357 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106
- Website: www.studioMstylist.com
- Phone: 858-281-8320
- Email: Meagan@StudioMstylist.com
- Instagram: @sandiego_hairstylist
- Yelp: https://m.yelp.com/biz/studio-m-la-jolla-3