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Conversations with Desiree Conley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Desiree Conley. 

Hi Desiree, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My journey to find the career that would give me a flexible schedule as an active working mother for my children began in my twenties. I loved the salon atmosphere because of its’ exciting energy. I witnessed my hairstylist’s impact on her clients with their new hairstyles while growing up, and I knew I wanted a career that I could make people happy. Once both of my children were in school, I went and toured multiple cosmetology schools until I found the one that was a great fit with the curriculum and flexible schedule I was looking for. I attended New Direction Hair Academy (later changing to The Beauty Institute) part-time for a year and a half and went to school while my kids were in school. After completing and passing my boards I worked in a few different salon environments until my friend, Krystal Spann, convinced me to venture out and be my own boss. That was by far the best decision I made in my career. I had the ability to be flexible for my family while doing what I loved. I have now been in my own suite for four years and have been doing hair for over 14 years!

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?
While we would all love for a smooth road, there have definitely been trials and tribulations along the way like with anything in life. I love what I do and am thankful for the opportunity. The biggest obstacle was within the past couple of years as we had to all of a sudden stop doing hair and shut down because of Covid. That was hard, because not only could I not meet my clients’ needs, but I also had to figure out how to adjust to the loss of income . Thankfully I was able to maintain during that period and gradually opened back up and continue to do what I love and enjoy!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in precision haircuts , wide variety of hair coloring services and formal hairstyles. What I do doesn’t stop behind the chair. I’m always looking for the next education class to attend so I am able to stay on top of the latest trends and new techniques in our ever-changing industry. I also find it important to educate my clients on how to take care of their hair investment at home with professional hair care products and tool.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My biggest mentor was my hairstylist growing up, Judy Swindell. I loved watching her work her magic and go above and beyond what her actual job as a hairstylist. Besides the impact Judy made on me growing up and my time with her in the salon, I must give credit to my family, friends and my loyal clients as well, my career wouldn’t be what it is without them and their support. Also a shout out to Chris Laughlin for all the work on my new website coming . Last but not least Ive been blessed to meet and work with some incredible individuals throughout my career. I love my salon suite family and working with such wonderful women who want to build each other up and see each other thrive!

Contact Info:

  • Mobile Number: 615-568-6362
  • Email: 615hairbydesiree@gmail.com
  • Online Booking: 615HairbyDesiree@glossgenius.com
  • Website: 615HairbyDesiree.com
  • Instagram: @615hairbydesiree
  • Facebook: 615 Hair by Desiree’
  • Yelp: 615 Hair by Desiree

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