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Meet Toni Fountain of Toni Fountain Hair in Signal Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Toni Fountain.

Toni, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Cosmetology is actually a second career for me. I had been working in property management/commercial real estate for a number of years but that certain creative outlet was always missing — that’s when I jumped all in and started beauty school in 2007. Since then I’ve seen this industry shift in the wake of social media, independent educators and the wave of salon suites. I started my career as a commission employee then an independent booth renter in 2013. Currently Toni Fountain Hair is located in an all booth rental salon in Signal Hill.

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 knew building a clientele was going to be hard work but even more so during the 2008 recession; grass root marketing and simple referrals weren’t going to cut it. As I continue to keep current on latest beauty trends, my education must also include social media, photography, video, website design–all of the things necessary to maintain a presence in my community.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Toni Fountain Hair story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a problem solver — plain and simple. Sure, on the scale of severity, my craft doesn’t exactly bring about world peace, but when it comes to correcting bad box color or fixing the mullet you’ve been told is “exactly 13 layers” — I’m your gal. And besides let’s face it, we all just want to feel good about ourselves.

And feeling good about yourself doesn’t have to stop with your hair care. I also provide eyebrow design (waxing & sugaring), air brush makeup application, and lash lifts.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Oh good question! On one hand, I’m proud of the decisions I’ve made to get my business to where it is: hard work, perseverance and sacrifice. Yup, notice I didn’t include “luck” …. I’ve worked hard to be better, grow consistently, and remain true to myself. On the other hand, I’ve had mentors cross my path with specific lessons I’ve needed to learn at that time — if I had to define that — then, yeah that was good luck.

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Image Credit:
Greg Fountain

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