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Meet Anna Piskoulian of Anna’s Hair Lab

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Piskoulian.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a native to Los Angeles, California and have been involved in the beauty industry for over ten years. Working as a special FX and beauty makeup artist for film and TV the hair industry was a seamless transition for me as I found that sculpting hair was no different than sculpting prosthetics for a movie.

In particular, men’s hair always fascinated me the most. Growing up as a little girl, I dreamt of having short hair like a boy, yet my hair was down to my ankles (because my mom didn’t cut it until I was 9). I obsessed and would beg my big brother and dad to let me brush their short hair, just so I could see what it felt like. When I began my hair journey, I quickly knew women’s long hair was NOT my calling because it never excited me.

There was a moment in beauty school when I unwrapped my first pair of clippers and fired it on is when I felt that firework in my soul. To this day, I wake up with this passion in my heart to have the privilege to get to do something I love so much.

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?
It has not been a smooth road, to say the least. In doing hair, you need to flex the muscle of patience. It takes a good amount of time to finesse your craft and build a clientele. Not to mention how much of a toll it takes on your body. You have to REALLY love this industry and humans in general to succeed.

My greatest challenge was trying to find a shop/salon where I truly fit in with its culture and vibe. You can be a great stylist or barber, but if you’re surrounded by an environment that does not support you, it makes it tough for you to stay sustain a good vibe… and for me vibes are everything.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Anna’s Hair Lab story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a one woman band currently with an eye to expand. I’m known for all things regarding short hair for both men and women. Aside from the hair, I pride myself on the experience in the chair that’s born with every client.

My favorite thing to do while cutting hair is to dive into the deep end in regards to the universe, self-reflection, and travel. Hair happens to be the medium that connects me to other humans. It’s never just a haircut.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. Luck would mean that life is unfair, and I truly believe that life gives you what YOU give it. What has been my secret sauce is:
1) Staying in an optimistic mindset (Shit will hit the fan, it’s all about how you react to it that determines the outcome)
2) Surrounding yourself with people who believe in you and your crazy dreams
3) Consistency and discipline to wake up and repeat my craft even if I cut my knuckle off and just got stitches
4) Learn about every aspect about your line of work. I know how to cut hair and marketing, but I didn’t know much about finance, so I made sure to take a crash course on the numbers aspect of running my micro business.
5) Last but not least is Gratitude. Be grateful that you’re even alive and have the ability to do what you love in the first place

I believe the 5 ingredients to this secret sauce have helped me create “luck.”

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