Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Harper.
Elizabeth, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved out to Denver in 2010 after being accepted into the Art Institute for Interior Design. After starting school, I got a part-time job as a receptionist at a salon in uptown Denver. I absolutely fell in love with the job. I found myself getting more excited to go to work than going to school. There was something great about meeting new people and watching client’s confidence completely change leaving their stylist’s chair. I wanted to be able to give that to people. At 28, I decided to go back to school & get my certification as a cosmetologist.
I graduated Emily Griffith in 2015 & immediately was hired to assist a seasoned stylist to train more in-depth. I started working under a stylist where I learned in depth color theory & how to be a great hairdresser. I started off shampooing every single one of her clients & assisted in blow drying, eventually working my way up to applying foil & color. After one year, the stylist I was working undertook some time away from her business & clientele and I was able to stand in and take over for her (for a short period of time). It was during those times that I realized I wanted to be able to be my own boss & to have my own studio. I knew I could do it!
For the next two years, I worked really hard to build my clientele and invest in my career. Fast forward and I am now in the process of opening up my own studio, HARPER.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I remember the first time I told family that I wanted to go to hair school, they didn’t get it. I’m the only one in my family who does not have a corporate career so I think it was hard to see it as a career I could be successful at. For some people when they think of their hairdresser, they just think they gossip while curling someone’s hair. I remember when I said I was going to eventually make a six-figure salary I got a good laugh out of them. I knew I was creating my own path. During level 2 in school, I lost someone so special to me and it was a constant struggle to keep going. There were so many times that I wanted to throw my hands up and quit. My wife is all about education. She really believes in bettering yourself and pushing yourself to be at your full potential. That was something my late friend Nicole also embodied, Change your mindset. I had to embody that in hair school. That was a game changer.
Opening up a business is intimidating & scary. You will always be your biggest critic. When it came time to start this process, I had so much self-doubt. I was really scared of failure & I wanted to prove to people that being a hairdresser was so much more than what they thought. I quickly learned you have to take big risks to get big returns, am I right!?
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Harper story. Tell us more about the business.
I want to constantly be living my truth & empower women. I wanted a space where women felt safe & could be reminded that treating yourself is never taken for granted at Harper. I want them to feel special every time they sit in my chair. I’m all about vibes that are warm, modern, welcoming and with a dash of Beyonce!
I love natural highlighted & sun-kissed hair, modern & long layered haircuts are my thing. I love that (potential) clients can go to my Instagram and really get a feel for more of my style.
I strive to be the hairstylist that allows my clients to be their best self. I approach every session as the first, I want to understand their lifestyle & I think it’s important to be on the same level as clients. Too many times I hear that they went to a stylist who didn’t listen to them and did something completely different. When people walk out of Harper, I want to invoke the beauty and confidence I know they possess.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
We, as individuals, create the environment we live in. Yes, we have outside influences, but at the end of the day, we choose what we put out in the universe and what we take from it. It’s a daily struggle, but something I actively remind myself each day I leave my home.
There are things that have happened in my life and business that some people believe are good/bad luck, but for me, I see them as experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. I believe that hard work and persistence is what I’ve had to possess to have the opportunity to open my own salon.
- Haircut // above shoulders or very fine // $40
- Medium |Long // From Chin past shoulder // $50
- Color // starting at $85
- Address: 299 Detroit Street
Suite 116 Denver, CO, 80206
- Website: email@example.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabeth_the_stylist/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabethTHEstylist/