Working Women Wednesday is a weekly feature highlighting the hard-working, wonderful women within the Girl Gang. This week’s feature is the Owner of Hair by Straz, Megan Straziuso!
Your Local Girl Gang: Tell us about your business. What is your mission statement? When did you launch?
Megan Straziuso: My mission for Hair By Straz is to utilize my time and knowledge to make every client look and feel their absolute best. I specialize in bold colors and trendy styles and I work one on one with every client to ensure their hair needs are met and their experience is enjoyable. Hair By Straz was launched in November of 2015 when I began my journey at Salon Front and Center.
YLGG: When and how did the idea for your business come to you?
MS: I knew I wanted to be a hair stylist from the time I was a little girl. I became a licensed professional right before my high school graduation in 2009. I studied business at Bowling Green State University.
After college I was fortunate enough to find a woman, Abigail Brown, who was looking for independent contractors to work alongside her in her salon. I started working with her at Salon Front and Center in November of 2015. After joining Abbie’s team as an independent contractor I was encouraged to market myself as an individual stylist and from there Hair By Straz, my business and my brand, was born.
YLGG: What did you do before you started your business?
MS: I studied cosmetology at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center during my junior and senior years of high school. I became a licensed cosmetologist in 2009. I then went on to study business at Bowling Green State University and received my bachelors degree in 2013. After college, I spent some time doing some soul searching and came to the conclusion that the hair industry was my true calling. I worked with my mother some and worked at a JCPenney salon for a time before I found my home at Salon Front and Center.
YLGG: What is the best piece of business advice you have received?
MS: Within my industry the best advice I have ever been given is to never stop learning. Our industry is constantly changing and growing. Trends come and go and there is always a new technique to master. Over the past ten years I have learned that no matter how many years you have been practicing you can never truly know it all and those who think they do are doing themselves a major disservice.
YLGG: What characteristic do you admire in other entrepreneurial women?
MS: The thing that amazes me about these women is their drive. Every entrepreneurial woman I have ever met has this innate ability to do whatever it takes to work towards her dreams. These women are out there crushing the game and they also make time for all the other important things in their lives as well.
YLGG: What piece of advice you would give to women starting their own businesses?
MS: It is going to be really hard work. You have to continue working at it every day, even on the days you really feel like giving up. But you keep going and you stick it out because at the end of the day it’s the best job in the world and you cannot imagine ever doing anything else.
YLGG: What do you like most about your workspace?
MS: I am part of an amazing team at Salon Front and Center. We work together in our beautiful space which is located in Berea, Ohio. My favorite part of the salon is definitely our team. I love working with these incredible women every day.
YLGG: Name a woman, past or present, who you admire.
MS: That woman is without a doubt, my mother Toni Straziuso. She is also a stylist and business owner and I have watched her KILL it every day of my life. She gave me my start in the industry and allowed me to intern at her salon when I was still in school. She has this amazing ability to make anyone feel good and she treats everyone she meets like they are her best friend. I hope my career is at least half as amazing as hers has been!
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