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Meet Ally (Colaizzi) Doherty of Beauty Boutique in Englewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ally Colaizzi.

Ally, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in the beauty industry first sparked in my early teens. By my sophomore year of high school, I decided that I would be attending cosmetology school post HS graduation. After graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Colorado Springs in November 2009, I was immediately assisting in a salon. Prior to school, I worked as a Front Desk Coordinator in high school and during cosmetology school,so I had a fair understanding of what to expect from the real world, at least in the salon world.

I learned quickly that not everyone was meant to be a business owner, especially a salon of any kind. I worked for four different salon owners during my first five-years in the craft. Though I was constantly disappointed with the way things were handled by many of my employers, I am grateful for the experience and what I learned. When I reflect back now, [on my career], I am grateful that I learned from these situations what not to do as a business owner.

It quickly occurred to me that I was better off “self-employed.” December 2013 is when this reality occurred to me. I found a space in close proximity to my current location and decided to leave the big salon and start taking clients in my new salon by March 1st, 2014.  What soon became “Beauty Boutique”, this 150 sq-foot privacy studio was located within a Day Spa. It was a perfect set up for the transition from working for someone to working for myself. I situated myself there for about three years before finding my current space, settled in along Broadway, in a neighborhood that is slowly but surely reviving itself. I have since celebrated one year in my new space and can’t believe my own journey, sometimes.

Business ownership has its own slue of issues, but I don’t think I would want it any other way. It supported my personal life so well and has allowed me to continue to grow as a person, artist and business owner. I feel grateful to have a large tribe of friends, family and fellow business owners who are constantly helping me to grow. Currently, I am working to rebrand my salon. Entrepreneurship may not be my forever, but for now, I am continuing this ride and can’t wait to see where it leads me.

Has it been a smooth road?
My mantra over the years has always proved itself – “It always works out in the end.” Although there may be a variety of struggles, time and time again, I am reminded that no matter how down or stressed I may be about the current situation, they ALWAYS work out in the end.

Whether I was fresh out of school and trying to establish a clientele, or fearing the idea of self-employment – Never in a million years did I think I could survive without working for someone else.  Life has guided me in a way that I work hard to trust the process, and focus less of my time and energy on the stress. Your body and mind are not worth compromising.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a cosmetologist, I was trained in many aspects of the beauty industry, but hair was my focus. I enjoy the customization that both color/cutting offer for any person, but clipper cutting was something I once dreaded. 4-5 years ago I pursued my barbering license, and I am so grateful for the opportunities it has allowed me and the versatility it has granted me to offer behind the chair. The biggest difference the secondary license allows me is to offer shaving services – It’s rare to find a duo licensed hairdresser, however, the demand/desire to carry both is growing quickly throughout the industry. I have had the opportunity to create an urban jungle salon space in an adorable 2nd-story studio space. I love that I can offer my clientele a place that my clients look forward to visiting. By adding a lot of plants to the space, the oxygen is fresh and the vibe is calming. No matter what mood someone is in upon arriving, I know they’re leaving in a better head space. Without the noise and chaos of a big salon, you can come to Beauty Boutique to catch up, relax, work and read. Your time in my chair is yours, without being double booked or distracted by others. As an artist, we already have the opportunity to bring so much joy to so many people, I appreciate the opportunity to offer them a space in which they can be themselves and treat themselves.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
ABSOLUTELY!  The future is now!  Wherever you may be located throughout the city of Denver, so much opportunity awaits you.  I have now spent 13 years in this industry and I remember so vividly, Colorado, as a whole, was light years behind the East and West coasts as far as fashion, beauty, art, music, etc. Whether you are just entering the industry at the education level or the professional level, there are new school programs, and a variety of salons, to suit anyone needs. I think the biggest thing to keep in mind is to be authentic and determine how you’d like to brand yourself in the industry. There is always room for improvement, thus Denver is more regularly seeing big names in the industry traveling here for educational events, etc. However, everyone I know working on a local level is pulling inspiration from all over the country and even the world. Social media has opened up the flood gates and allowed for so much more opportunity when it comes to finding inspiration, education, new brands, techniques, etc.

Pricing:

  • Many salons charge in an A La Carte Format + 20% average gratuity
  • In my salon, I charge an hourly rate – this amount includes gratuity, allowing transparent pricing.

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