We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Rhynes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started my own business I had been working in a toxic work environment for several years. I was at a place in my career where I felt if I didn’t make some major changes I was going to fail. I wanted to create a positive space for myself and other stylist to feel supported and have a sense of community. I initially opened Prism on my own and over the course of a few months found like minded individuals to add to my team. We allow each other the freedom to be ourselves without judgement or competition. It was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
During cosmetology school I was also apprenticing under another hair stylist and even delivering pizzas at night to make ends meet. To make ends meet. I was a young single mother and it was not easy. Fortunately I had an amazing support system and was able to find my way. After completing my apprenticeship I moved on to a salon that offered booth rental opportunities, but was lacking in continuing education. Once I was fully on my own, I quickly realized that taking classes and evolving was the only way to take my career to the next level. I invested in myself and my education, started focusing on building an Instagram following, and I’ve never looked back.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denver has so much to offer as far as the food scene goes. Some of my local favs are Temaki Den, Mister Oso, and Sputnik. Some local activities would include hiking at the apex and checking out the murals in Rino. The mountains are a must see when visiting Colorado. Vail is my favorite mountain town. I always love staying at The Sebastian and having dinner at Sweet Basil.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest support was definitely my husband. He encouraged me to branch out own my own and helped me build my salon from the ground up. He was there with me through the whole process and I couldn’t have done it without him.