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Community Highlights: Meet Abigayle Conway of The Salty Blonde

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigayle Conway.

Hi Abigayle, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve wanted to do hair since I was about three years old. Growing up, my Aunt was the one who really influenced me. She didn’t do hair, but she always pampered me, used Aveda products and taught me about what she knew about the beauty industry. She passed away when I was in 8th grade and I promised her I would follow my passion, hair.

I knew right from high school I wanted to go straight into Brown Aveda Institute In Rocky River, Ohio. I was there for one year, five days a week, 9am-5pm. Always doing extra hours anytime I could. I genuinely loved learning about hair and wanted to soak up as much as I could! Six months into school, I became an intern at a beautiful salon in Ohio called Bella Capelli, that salon gave me the foundation I needed to be the stylist I am today. I had so many amazing stylists mentor me and show me all that they knew. Fast forward, I’ve been booth/suite renting for six years now having my own business. I jumped into booth renting way sooner than I should have (only two years in the industry) but I pushed myself to really work hard to get clients and keep them. I became super passionate about blondes and grew my clientele to about 290 clients in Ohio. Six months ago, I decided to pack up everything I’ve ever known and worked so hard for to move 1,000 miles away from my cute little hometown Vermilion, OH and start fresh in Orlando, FL. Here I am only six months in my salon suite and I have around 90 clients. Excited to continue to grow here and meet new people!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. It’s had major ups and major downs. Unfortunately, like anything there are mean people. I dealt with a few salons that treated me poorly but I kept pushing, I used that as fire under me to be better. Giving up or quitting wasn’t an option. Not only that but some weeks owning my own business was really rewarding and other weeks, it was really hard mentally physically and financially. You just push through it though, if you truly love what you do like I do.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about The Salty Blonde?
With the help of my best friend Malorie. The Salty Blonde is what I decided to name my salon suite once I moved to Florida. It was just fitting for me. I specialize and I’m known for my blondes. I truly love & care for every client that sits in my chair. I want them to feel comfortable and safe in my space while achieving their hair goals. Health of the hair is always first though, I’m very open and honest about what’s realistic for someone and what’s not. I’m most proud of how hard I’ve worked to be where I am. Blondes aren’t easy, I’ve done a lot of education and paid a lot of money to learn the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn) to always be better and do better. Although I specialize in blondes, I do all hair color, everyone is welcome in my Chair.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
It’s just going to continue to grow. Most hairstylists have realized how big our industry has gotten and we want to keep up with all of the trends and new concepts.

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