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Nicole Boyle, Owner
Mane Tribe Salon
720 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks CA

Nicole has been in the industry for over 16 years, however, she is new to being a salon owner. Nicole had a unique situation in the fact that she was an employee at the salon, she now owns. Nicole truly understands what it takes to grow a sustainable business because she is also a partner to a company called Hourly Stylist. Hourly Stylist is an app based (Airbnb of the beauty world.)  "This allows my part time stylists to book a chair for the day, and it allows me to have (20) part time stylists and (6) full time in an (18) station salon." Very driven and very goal focused, Nicole shares this mindset with her team of stylists. As you will read in our interview, she talks about the importance of leadership and education. Being an Electric Hair Exclusive Salon, education is at the forefront of her salon business. As always, we hope this interview will motivate you, inspire you , and encourage you, to continue to share your love and passion for the beauty industry. Enjoy!


How long have you been in the industry?
I started beauty school when I was 19 years old. It took me about a year to complete beauty school. I literally clocked out of school and started my first job as an assistant to two owners in Moorpark, Ca. I assisted there for a year, then started my next (1) year assisting job at a larger more structured location.  I’ve been in the industry for 16 years.

How long have you been a salon owner?
I bought my salon January 1st 2017. I bought the salon I had been in for the 5 years, on my 5 year anniversary. I thought that was a fun way to start this new adventure. Mane Tribe Salon is the first United States ‘Electric Exclusive Salon. We only stock Electric Hair Products which are paving the way worldwide.

What has been one of the hardest things to overcome since becoming a salon owner?
The hardest thing to overcome as a new salon owner has to be patience. I have so many great ideas and plans that I want to execute, but I need to remember that these things don’t happen overnight. It takes time to build the perfect team to fit your vision. That being said, I’m continuing my journey with great support and mentoring. It helps to have someone there who has been in your shoes.

Tell me about your mentor and the importance of having a mentor in this industry.
I am grateful to have more than one mentor. First off, my old salon owner and business partner in Hourly Stylist, Larry Cohen. Larry has been there to show me the ropes and give me some great advice on dealing with different obstacles that come my way. Second off, Mark Woolley, owner of the Electric Hair Brand. He has helped me with my vision and how I should execute it. It has opened a whole new door of possibilities. Having the right guidance during this chapter is so important if you want to be a successful salon owner.

What piece of advice would you give to other salon owners who are also just starting out in the business?
The best advice I can give a new owner is to never stop learning. Not only with continued Hair education, but with business building as well. Take any extra classes that you know will help you grow as a person and owner. Always make time to work on yourself.  This will keep you inspired and motivated to continue to run an officiate operation.

Describe leadership and the importance of being a great leader for your team! How does this increase your bottom line?
A leader must be strong, but compassionate. As a leader, you are being watched and looked up to by so many. You need to be educated and able to guild them in the right path to success.

How important is education and how often do you attend classes?
Education is number one! Without education, you are no longer inspired, motivated and driven to do great things. I take education classes weekly, sometimes more. You don’t always have to take them at a location since there are so many other options online. I believe you need to do both though. I’m always more creative in a group setting.

What do you do to continue to invest in yourself so you can be the best for your team?
I do a lot of personal development. It is so important to invest in yourself. I stay very active as well to keep a clear mind. I also have a fantastic business coach to brainstorm and come up with fun ideas to keep the team engaged.

Describe in four words the most important attributes a salon owner must possess to be a success in this business?  
Strong, Happy. Grateful, Consistent 

Best book you have read. Why do you love it?
The Compound Effect
It shows how small charges can lead to huge victories.



Coryn Neylon- Independant Artist
24500 Center Ridge Rd #145
West Lake, Ohio
Instargram @corynneylon_hair

Coryn has been in the industry for 15 years. I discovered her on Instagram about 5 months ago. I was completely in awe of her work. Her colors and balayage are so polished, her haircuts are super precise, and her styling is on point every single time. The consistency in her work is what drew me in. I'm sure this is why she has over 15k followers on Instagram. We all know how social media can positively impact your career, especially when you are trying to build your book behind the chair. In Coryn's case, this has proven to be very true. In our interview, Coryn talks about taking the leap to become an Independent Artist, the importance of education, and how taking risks will help you find yourself as a stylist. As always, we hope this interview will motivate you, inspire you , and encourage you, to continue to share your love and passion for the beauty industry. 

1. What is your specialty? Color and cut mostly, with a passion for styling

2. What makes you a stand out in the industry?
My honesty. I really evaluate what type of style will work for my client. I try to remain realistic about what he/she will be able to do with their hair when left to their own vices. It's important that they are able to make it look just as good as they did when they leave the salon. I'm not afraid to tell someone that something won't work for them. It's all about compromise.

3. What piece of advice would you give to other stylists who are trying to grow in this business?
 Don't be afraid to take risks. Often times we learn the most from the mistakes we make. That is a form of gaining experience, and finding yourself as a stylist.

4. What is the best part of being a stylist?
I have always been a big fan of design. I love the idea of creating and customizing an individual look for each person that sits in my chair. Nobody looks the same, and I love that. It's honestly what fuels me. I also love being able to talk to people. All different walks of life, it fascinates me.

5. How important is education and how often do you attend classes?
Education is huge. I have picked up many techniques along the way that have helped propel my hair game. I am so grateful for all of the education we have at our fingertips. Our industry is so fortunate to have the resources we have been offered. It's so awesome!!! I myself try to take a couple of bigger classes a year, with mini classes in between. Online webinars have been really helpful as well.

6. What is your biggest accomplishment?What are you most proud of?
This year was a huge stepping stone for me. I recently went out on my own and opened up a private studio. It was a lot of work but has been incredibly rewarding. I was craving more responsibility, so I challenged myself. I set a goal, and I went for it. I still pinch myself because it doesn't feel real.

7. Who is your inspiration?
My mother. She's always inspired me to just keep moving, because that's what she does. She never stops. She never makes excuses, and she's not afraid to fail. She puts it all out there. I've never met someone so motivated. I always say I'd be lucky to be half the woman she is someday.

8. What is the biggest misconception of being a hairstylist?
One misconception that I've heard is that hairstylists are either crazy, uneducated, hard to date, the list goes on and on. But the funny part is, the joke isn't on us. It's on anybody that believes it. I'm seeing more and more people in the industry make big names for themselves. These individuals are some of the smartest, most business savvy people I've ever seen. They're doing what some people with 4 year degrees wish they could do. It's seriously empowering. You get what you give in this industry, and the possibilities are endless.

 Meet Coryn and check out her some of fabulous work!

 Meet Coryn and check out her some of fabulous work!