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Meet Trailblazer Liz Burns

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Burns.

Liz, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After moving back to Denver from NYC, I knew I wanted to create my own brand. I have spent just over two decades in the hair industry and worked in a few different salons in creative and leadership roles. I spent a year curating how the salon would look and feel. Making a clear vision of the brand. I wanted it to be an intimate setting so guests would feel attended to and house a staff that has great appreciation of fashion and hair.

With the help of my Internet marketing – husband, my entrepreneurial parents, my designer cousin,my new higher level of confidence after becoming a new mom and the security of an established clientele,  I opened Goldie x Bob in RiNo Denver. This was like giving birth a second child.

Over the next five or so years, I would have to make a choice through the growing pains whether or not to become a full-time business person, or a full-time hair stylist. I was struggling to do both. I was wearing too many hats.  I ultimately choose my craft.  Something after all the years, I still have a love for.

After another year, of what felt like a roller coaster ride of multiple interested buyers, with deals that fell through… one after the other, neighborhood clients of mine decided to buy Goldie x Bob. They were pleased with the brand that I had started and joked about “where were they suppose to go get their haircuts now” if I left the salon. So, the deal happened seamlessly after being on a ride for a while. I could finally sleep at night and dream of hair rather then spreadsheets 🙂

I am currently the Creative Director and Lead Stylist at Goldie x Bob. It had been a great outcome for me because I get to still create every day doing my craft.  It has been a nice marriage between the new business-focused owners and a creative gal like me.

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?
No. It has not been smooth. There came a time at the end of my own where my very supportive husband looked at me and said: “you are not yourself.” That really made me asses. I had a hard time setting boundaries. I would have full days of doing hair, and then come home to my son and husband and do more salon work… I got to a point where I wasn’t present with them.

With this said, it all has been an incredible learning experience with no regrets.

Advise:
Make a plan.
Have a clear vision.
Create a Brand Guide.
Write everything down.
Form a team, people you trust and are intelligent to help you.
Get a mentor.
Check in with your work/life balance always.
Check in with your mental and physical health.
Save your money… you will need it.
Most important is to really believe in yourself that you can do it. But know that there will be difficulties that occur.’

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am most proud of the team we have. All very talented stylists that are professional adults, that are true artists.

I am also proud that I was able to start a brand that can still live on.

I personally love to transform people’s looks. I am into what makes sense for my guest’s hair “fabric”, skin and eye color, face shape, lifestyle. Modern and effortless will always be my favorite looks.

The consultation is my thing. Digging in and really learning quickly what this person is into aesthetically, what will look great on them, how they will maintain, what is realistic and what is not… etc.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
What has worked for me is starting with the people I already know. I feel like I know a good amount of family and friends that could provide insight and guidance.

Pricing:

  • haircuts $115
  • color starting at $200

Contact Info:

              Image Credit:
@itshairfabric, @ashleysawtelle

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