Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Ziegler.
Amanda, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Directly after high school in 2003, I enrolled in Paul Mitchell’s Cosmetology School, in Costa Mesa, California. It was after graduation and licensing that the real learning and my personal hair journey began. At the start of my career, I assisted the owner of a small boutique salon in downtown San Diego. It didn’t take long to discover I had a knack and a bit of obsession over color, within a year, I went behind the chair as an independent stylist with a growing clientele. I realized it was listening to real clients, paying attention to their vision, discussing techniques with other professional and understanding that learning new techniques never really stops. The assisting role allowed me the time and space to soak in all those fundamentals and played a large role in the hairstylist I am today.
After 11 years, I built a large enough clientele that I began thinking about expanding and the vision I had for a place of my own started to tug at me. I was ready for something more, ready to grow. Grow in myself and in my career. As I started to outgrow the boutique, I felt torn between the comfort zone I created there and the desire to create something of my own. One of my favorite quotes helped through the days of change and fear of the unknown, “Sometimes, in the wind of change we find our true direction”, I realized that sometimes in life an opportunity presents itself and we choose how we perceive and what we do with it that creates what it is. You can stay with what you know and what makes you comfortable or pursue the unknown, the change, and what you’ve only dreamt of. It was with that spirit that Salon1745 was created.
Has it been a smooth road?
Like me, Salon1745 is forever evolving. With every journey there are hurdles. The space that is now Salon1745 needed a lot of work when this venture started. I’m sure people thought it was crazy, I had 45 days to turn a complete disaster into a functioning salon. All I really needed was a chair, mirror, and shampoo bowl to function, but I really had a picture in mind that wouldn’t let me rest until we put the plaster, tile and paint on! With love, support, and elbow grease of my husband, family, and friends we made it happen.
Like any seasoned professional will tell you, it is really important to keep learning and educate yourself. Particular advice to a young woman in this business would be to be honest with yourself, be honest in what you want and be true to your passion and do what makes your soul happy. Believe in your dreams. Don’t give up. It takes hard work. And always keep learning.
We’d love to hear more about Salon1745.
There’s so much I love about our craft. The cutting, the color, the science behind the scenes, the relationships you build with your guests, and the relationships you build with other artists. I think that’s an important piece to the journey. Always keep learning and surround yourself with people that inspire you, motivate you, push you and people that want to share their knowledge. With 11 years’ experience in the industry, I was ready to start my own salon. I wanted to create a community. A hair artist studio. A destination for artists to collaborate, encourage, share and manifest passion for the art of hair. Salon1745 was born and established in April 2017. Salon1745 is unique in the fact that we are a small collective of hair artists who focus and specialize in hair. But everything goes back to where I started… my passion for color.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
One major influential woman in my life is my mother. She is always aspiring to be her best self. She is strong, independent and striving to follow her dreams and complete her goals. She has given me the strength to be independent, exhibit a strong work ethic and to always find the silver lining. She has taught me to follow my heart, be my most authentic self and to focus on my path yet, to be empathetic toward people and their journeys. She has this ability to adapt and be present in any situation, looking from all angles. She sees in color not black and white.
I’m surrounded by inspiring, talented and influential woman. I stand in awe as I think about the woman in my life and how their minds and spirits are just incredible. They make me want to strive for the best, strive to know more and to do more. I’m constantly referring back to this book I’m obsessed with right now; it’s In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney. It features empowering woman and advice on pursuing your passions and dreams.
- Address: 2814 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
- Website: salon1745.com
- Phone: 619-832-1745
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @salon1745