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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sam Larson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Larson.

Sam, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have always known I wanted to do hair or at least work in the beauty world. My passion for it really started in middle school, around the time YouTube was getting big and people were putting out tutorials on things left and right. Following high school, I went straight into beauty school in Colorado Springs at Toni & Guy. I continued to drive up to my hometown, Longmont, throughout the school to get my hair done by my hairdresser because I trusted her so much and loved being in the atmosphere of the salon she worked at, which I felt I wanted to work at once I finished school.

Another stylist in that salon ended up leaving and opening her own salon with her husband. The two of them reached out to me to ask if I wanted to work for them which was an incredible opportunity, especially coming right out of school. I worked at Carbon salon for almost three years before I decided to make the jump and start my own business in a salon suite. I gained so much valuable experience and knowledge working at Carbon and I couldn’t be more grateful for my time spent there.

I opened my own salon in August of 2020 and it’s been such a blessing to my career and my life. I couldn’t be happier. It’s a lot of pressure when everything falls on you, but it’s allowed me to develop deeper connections with my clients and offer them a much more personal experience. This coming August will mark two years of Sam Larson Hair and I’m looking forward to what the future holds!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I had the impression that this Industry was extremely flexible and that was a reason I was looking forward to starting my career so much. And it most definitely can be, but you have to work your way there and earn that. It wasn’t until I started working for myself that I felt the full capacity of the flexibility this career can provide. This industry is also very intimate and when you develop personal relationships with people it can sometimes be a lot to hold. People celebrate their life‘s highest highs and lowest lows in your chair. Learning how to support people while also holding space for yourself to not take it on as your own is challenging.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a hairdresser who specializes in balayage and lived in hair. That includes lived in cuts, styles and colors. I love giving women a customized color that enhances their natural color and compliments their natural beauty.
It’s the biggest compliment to me when my clients come back and their color is six months old and they tell me that just the other day people were asking if they had gotten their color done recently.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I hope the industry shifts into a more relaxed and balanced space over the coming years. It’s preached at you as early as beauty school and that this job is a grind and you need to take every opportunity that you’re given. Which I completely agree with. However, balance is not something that’s preached or taught to you in school or within your first few years in this industry. It’s something I’ve had to learn on my own and I always feel like I’m going against the grain when I establish better boundaries for myself around my work/life balance. I hope in the future it’s more regularly encouraged to find the balance that works for you considering how taxing this job is physically, mentally and emotionally.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: Samlarsonhair
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