We had the good fortune of connecting with April Hanley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi April, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
As I’ve progressed in my career I have found that 12 hour days simply can’t happen anymore. 40 hour work weeks have turned into 20 hour work weeks. How I’m able to balance that is to 1. Know your target market and find them 2. Charge what you’re worth 3. Only do the services you genuinely love. Spend the time to consciously hone your clients. Then when you open your books on a busy Saturday, you’re excited to see them filled with the people you enjoy spending time with. When you’re only working 3 day work weeks and you’re able to enjoy the life you’ve created, you’ll thank yourself.

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 feel what sets me apart is my ability to listen and really hear the person I’m talking to. Even if they’re unable to describe or convey their idea. To intuitively grasp their vision and then execute it. How I got to where I am today, was a lot of trial and error. I’m sure it’s that way with a lot of people. I hate to fail, and I’m competitive, mostly with myself. So when things don’t work out the way I have planned, I pivot and try a new strategy. Sometimes I’d step away altogether, even for years at a time, regather and try again. Remember when you’re tired and want to quit, that’s ok, but maybe instead of quitting just take a break.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have to be honest here, most of the places I loved didn’t make it through the Pandemic, but I’d like to show my guests what’s left of old Denver. East Colfax. South Broadway. Uptown. A week long adventure to rediscover the new places that will inevitably crop up once the dust has settled. Shows at the Fillmore or the Ogden. The Clocktower. I am so looking forward to reacquainting myself and my visitors with Denver.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom is my biggest cheerleader. I could share some cuckoo idea with her and she’d push me to do it. My friend L’Kai Johnsen who’s been doing hair since the 70s and watched this industry change and evolve. He always gives the best (often inappropriate) advice. My first boss Mary Rogers, took a chance and hired me with minimum skill and taught me how to build a clientele that continues to build itself, and then how to retain those people for years.

Website: https://www.solasalonstudios.com/salon-professional/april-hanley

Instagram: @thevelveteenhair

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