From A dream I’m high school to having her own salon. How Keshia Korrall learned everything about having her own hairstyling business!
Entrepreneurship is so much better with friends by your side! If you’ve ever been curious about how the small businesses in your community have gotten to where they are today, you are in the right place. In this series, you’ll get to meet your fellow YEG Entrepreneurs and hear their stories of launching a business, overcoming obstacles, and building a career they love.
Today, I’m sitting down with Keshia Korrall of Foosh Hair Studio. Pour a cup of coffee and join us as we learn more about her business journey. ☕️
Hi everyone! I’m Keshia Korrall, owner of Foosh Hair Studio.
I have been in the hair industry since 2001, and have been working out of the studio since 2013.
My passion is and always will be hair. I love cutting, colouring, and transforming people’s looks to help them feel confident and ready to take on the world.
Q. Tell us more about you! We’d love to know about your business today and the story of how you got there.
A. When I was in high school I started in cosmetology and began the registered apprenticeship program. My mom was a hairstylist so I got in with a salon called Great Clips. There I started as reception and kept the place clean. As I got further in my cosmetology program in school I would offer those services at the salon. After graduation, I worked for a year being an apprentice stylist. Then decided to go to school to get my hairstylist license. After school started working in a high-end salon on the west end. After being there for 6 years I decided to go back to school to get my diploma in Business Administration Management. Then January 1, 2013, I opened up Foosh Hair Studio!
Q. Let’s dive more into the specifics of your business. What products/services do you offer? What do you do for your clients that sets you apart?
A. I have been using the Matrix color line since 2006. I was an educator for a few years with the company and so I know the line very well. I specialize in blonde hair and have brought in Olaplex to help achieve the healthiest most beautiful blondes. I have always listened to my clients’ needs and desires but will be completely honest with them if I think that it isn’t something that is obtainable or going to enhance their best features.
Q. What inspired or influenced you to create your business?
A. I’ve always been independent and self-motivated. I always knew I wanted to own a salon but was unsure what kind of route I wanted to go. Once I decided to go solo and not have to deal with the pressure of a salon I knew I had made the right choice being able to work from home.
Q. What are you most proud of in your work?
A. My clientele. I have the most amazing clients and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Some I’ve been doing their hair for over 15 years. I have started with doing grade nine grad hair, then did their high school grad hair, then did their university grad hair, then did their wedding hair. I have been through divorces, deaths, family addictions, and big life moments and as much as I have helped them they have helped me. They have become family and I wouldn’t trade them for the world!
Q. What is one challenge you’ve overcome as a business owner, and what did you learn from it that you can share with others?
A. I would have to say the pandemic. I mean everyone has struggled in some way through this. My biggest piece of advice if you are wanting to start a business is to have a reservoir for those moments when the income won’t be coming in. These sorts of things can happen for all kinds of reasons.
Q. What is your favorite part of what you do?
A. Helping people gain confidence in themselves. Whether that’s through changing their hair or helping them through a personal problem. As much as I am a hairstylist I always say my minor is counseling. Getting your hair done is a very intimate thing to do. When your client opens up to you about personal matters you can’t help but offer them help the best way you know how. Then when you have finished the appointment and they get that first look in the mirror and that glow they get is worth all that hard work you have put in.
Q. What is one thing you do to set yourself up for success every week?
A. On Monday I take a look at my week and mentally prepare myself for what I am going to be doing. Making sure I have all my products and the salon is clean and ready.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A. Eat the frog. This is a business expression. It means take your least favorite task and do it very first thing in the morning. Mine is laundry! So I make sure I get it done first thing in the morning! Then the rest of my day is spent doing things I enjoy!
Q. Where can people find you to learn more? (Leave your email, website, social media handles, etc.!)
A.You can find all my services if you go to Foosh.salonmonster.com
Facebook Foosh Hair Studio
Call or Text 780-886-0088
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