We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Quinonez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Ever since I started doing hair I never realized how much I needed to be in control of my own business. I would spend hours behind the chair and not realize how much money I was loosing by renting a station. I also had no control over the days and hours I worked. I decided it was time to make the change and opened Leos Manes, my very own salon. I was able to work on days that local salons were closed and I didn’t feel rushed to get my guest out of the salon in time for closing. I believe in working less and making more! I also believe in giving my guests the experience they deserve.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most Proud of Leos Manes Hair Extensions. I feel that our hair paired with Loreal Professional make the most luxurious salon experience combination. Being able to offer our own hair extensions to our guests gives us peace of mind knowing they are getting quality when they leave the salon. It has been difficult promoting our product but easier because we do have a loyal following. I feel Leos Manes Hair Extensions is the future of our salon company. We are still working hard despite the pandemic to ensure the success lives on. I have learned to be more positive. I have learned to listen more than I speak. That my own ways are not always the best. I have learned that constructive criticism is not degrading but can be useful in new ways when your mind is clear. I have learned that asking for help is OK, to not be stubborn and understand change is uncomfortable. I would like everyone to know that we have worked so hard to get where we are and we will continue to fight for our future and the future of our salon company. Come support small business and give Leos Manes a try. Whether it be Color, Cut or Leos Manes Hair Extensions we have everything you need to feel just as beautiful on the outside as your are within.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely go to downtown Fullerton on a night out. We have some of the best restaurants and entertainment to have a fun night out. We are minutes away from the beach for those cool summer days so you can relax in So Cal. We have great parks and tons of great hiking spots to explore.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my husband and my kids for helping me every step of the way. To my husband, Roger Quinonez and my Business partner, for encouraging me and sticking out all the tough times and stressful situations. Also to my 3 girls Natalie, Mikayla & Luna for being understanding when the salon has taken away from mommy time with them, but always knowing I would make it up to them. I want to thank all of my guests for allowing me to get this far. If it wasn’t for all their continuous support I would not have been able to achieve any of this. I want to especially give a thanks to Amber Cavener for believing that I had what it took and giving me behind the scenes support and the tools I needed to push myself. I also want to thank Loreal Professional for giving me the products that my guests needed to feel beautiful and amazing.
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