We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophie Davies and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was inspired by a small hair salon in Florida off the beach where the vibe was calm and smooth, the stylists got along and enjoyed themselves. The people were happy to spend time there and enjoy each other. This was evident as a guest and I never wanted to leave. This was the goal. Being in Los Angeles, I found a lot of larger salons and the feeling wasn’t the same. It could be an antagonistic environment at times and I didn’t want to grow into that. After gaining some confidence in the industry and having a small clientele, I took the plunge and opened a small hair salon with the goal of achieving a pleasant working environment for guests and stylists that came to visit. With some dedicated work and much trial and error, I feel we may have achieved just that in a much higher end and even more professional environment but in a place where guests and stylists alike can enjoy their skills and talent and relate and create relationships with their stylist.
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’ve always had a passion for hair and would spend my spare time playing and experimenting on hair with friends and colleagues. Right out of high school, I engaged in business consulting in a very corporate setting, yet I traveled the world and learned so much about finances, business, people and the lot. When I turned 27, I was ready for change and always having a passion for hair and color, moving to a new city with my husband, I settled on Cosmetology as a profession. I did beauty school at 29 years old in Los Angeles, CA and began assisting in a whole new field. All of these experiences have led to my opening and finessing skills in the hair and salon industry. Through lots of assisting, hours behind the chair, continued education and practicing every day, we built a cleinetellte that can outlast a pandemic. The Hair Parlor on 8th has created our own professional hair care line, Le Cure Paris which we use and retail in the salon. While there were many hurdles and unexpected turns along the way, I would say that passion and desire, fueled by necessity, made us look back and not say it was easy, but that it sure has been throughly enjoyable.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, come have Brunch at Met Her at a Bar, visiting LACMA and the Tar Pits as well as shopping and dining at The Grove. Stroll through Pan Pacific park on your way back to LA Brea and 8th street where you can have your hair styled and done up for a night out at Little Bar on La Brea or The Umbrella Company on Melrose.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband. None of what this salon is would be possible without him as he built it with his bare hands when we had nothing. From plumbing to electrical and building walls, we poured our hearts and souls into this. All the while, he retained his 9-5 job to help fund our passion that has taken off and which he now helps to maintain and support. My staff. I’m so impressed and proud of them, their efforts and continued education and passion shows with every guest they have in their chair and their hard work has taken them above and beyond. The salon would not be at the level it is now without each of their efforts and contributions month after month and year after year. My mother in law who cares for us and our two children daily to help us maintain and achieve our goals and passions.
Ricky Lucas, Jessica Sterling Photography