My name is Trish Pariseau and I’m the proud owner of the Local Bombshell in Janesville, Ia. The Bombshell is a hair salon and sunless studio and we offer hair and sunless tans.
I’m a married mom of 4, a business owner, hairstylist (of 17 years) and Master Spray Tan Artist. I’m married to a successful entrepreneur, as well! Business is definitely a big deal in our house!
I was first introduced to spray tanning as an add on service to my hair salon services from a friend of mine about 6 years ago.
I’m also fortunate enough to have one stylist who is an independent contractor whom I’m grooming to be our second spray tan artist in the salon! We’ve been open since November 2016, finishing that month better than expected, and we are still continuing that trend.
I was employed by other salons, for the first few years of my career, but have owned my own salon in some form for the last 11 years, ranging from working by myself out of my home to owning a 1500 square foot salon with 5 stylists, and just about everything in between.
In all honesty, even though currently, my business sounds like peaches and roses, it hasn’t always been so. Would you believe that within a 6-month time frame, I lost my sister to illness, my salon, and my passion for the beauty industry? I don’t like to look back, but I have to from time to time, so I can appreciate what I’ve accomplished.
In 2012, I felt I was stagnant in my career. I thought that to bring more passion to my life I needed a larger salon. (Bigger is always better, right? WRONG.) I went out and found a beautiful, large salon (with a large price tag) with stylists already working there! Holy cow, I hit the jackpot! Not exactly…not only was that NOT the way to bring more passion to my life, unfortunately, I was not prepared financially for all the “little” costs it takes to run the salon. I was also EXTREMELY naïve in the fact that I thought these people wouldn’t bail on me, or do things that were less than honest. But they did. I can’t blame them, they were only looking out for number 1!
Long story short, in 2013, I had to face the fact that I was not prepared for business ownership at that time, and went into foreclosure; while I watched my sister pass away. After I got my eviction papers, I went to work in another salon, but it was clear, I was not the right fit, and after everything I had dealt with, I was burned out. So, I “retired” for almost 2 years.
I couldn’t stay away from the industry for long though. During my “retirement”, I started spray tanning out of my local tanning salon/gym. Even though I had really enjoyed spraying previously, this is really when my passion for it was lit! What other industry are you able to give your guests instant gratification and a little bit of self-confidence all at the same time?
Apparently, my husband sees things in me that I can’t. When he approached me about starting our own salon again, I thought he was crazy – and told him so. I mean, I was a COMPLETE AND TOTAL FAILURE! WHY would I want to do that to our family AGAIN? He wasn’t going to allow that failure to be my demise. I finally stopped pouting about it, pulled up my big girl panties and let it become my learning experience-and an experience I would eventually want to share with others. He saw how much I was putting into the sunless business at the gym, and he knew I could make this salon work. I probably did, too, I was so terrified of taking that leap again. Luckily, I had LOTS of lessons I could pull from, so I didn’t make the same mistakes twice!
First, we bought a small building. 500 square feet, to be exact. in a town of less than 1000. That kept our overhead low. We invested in gently used equipment (except for my spray tan equipment), did all the renovations ourselves and made sure I didn’t just jump into buying things that weren’t necessary.
We’ve had some hiccups with this salon, but nothing like I had before. I’ve made a commitment to myself to make sound financial choices, to never stop learning, and to help others grow. I think the commitment of I have to stay positive, remembering that growth takes time, effort, and diligence always pays off. That just being a good person is what has allowed me to do so much better this time around. Although I am trying to make a living, every little thing I do is no longer about the dollar. I try to be grateful for so much – good and bad days alike. I really believe that the more you’re grateful, the more you’ll have to be grateful for!
I have a fire lit in me to never be complacent. Helping others grow, and feel more confident helps me feel like I’m doing more than just standing behind a spray gun or salon chair! My goals for the future are long, but for now, I plan to inspire other techs and business owners, add another service provider & move into a larger location-when the time is right! I plan to add spa services, and to continue to learn and grow, myself!