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

Hi Lindsey, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think the saying, “no risk, no reward” is very true. It resonates with me because I know if I hadn’t taken risks in my career, and in my personal life, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I risked it all to open my first salon at 24 years old, building it from the ground up and sinking a lot of money into it. I didn’t know if I’d be able to find talented, reliable stylists to come work for me. I didn’t know if I’d stay as busy, if my clients would follow me, and if I’d do well as an owner and a boss. Luckily, with persistence and a dream, as cheesy as it sounds, I made something of myself. So much so, in fact, that after moving to a new state, I still maintained a clientele back in Nebraska. My clients didn’t stray from me even when I moved over 400 miles away.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am very proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished over the last ten years in the industry. Such a large percentage of hairstylists don’t stick with it, push themselves, and force themselves to be successful. This industry is hard work. You have to choose to show up to work, physically and mentally. Being a hairstylist means being a friend, a therapist, staying up to date on current hair trends, mastering the artistry of those trends, building connections with clients, making them feel welcomed and important, and so much more. You have to have a sense of professionalism, good business skills, and amazing creative skills. I knew I wanted to last in this industry. I knew I wanted to be successful in all aspects of it. Sure, my clients might like me as a person. But if I’m not also good at doing hair? They probably wouldn’t come back. I kept up on my education and continued growing and learning as a stylist over the years to ensure that it didn’t get stale for me. I’ve learned to stand up for myself, be compassionate, be understanding, be determined, and work hard for what I want and deserve. Making money in a fun environment where I get to do what I love, with people I love, has made me tremendously successful in my work life, as well as my personal life. I’ve met some of my best friends who started out as clients. I’ve received accolades on my work from huge companies such as Redken and Joico. I opened two salons before I was 30. I worked as an educator and taught myself a lot of techniques that I didn’t learn in school. Persistence has been the biggest thing for me, and I’m truly proud of how hard I’ve worked to stay relevant as a stylist over the years.

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.
The happy camper! Such a cute place with great energy and great food. I love that denver has so many outdoor places to enjoy. We’d also go to Gaetano’s – a true classic. The food is incredible and I love the old-time mobster vibes. The Elich gardens are beautiful. Golden has some great trails and fun little outdoor restaurants. I’d love to take my friend to Soda lake for some paddle boarding. It’s never too crowded and the water is clean. Then we’d head to olde Town Arvada for some live music and good ice cream from the local shops. Clearly I love food 🙂

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 mom! She’s a big part of the reason I decided to go into the beauty industry. My mom was a nail technician and educator for years. She opened several salons during my childhood/teen years, and the majority of her friends were in the industry. After watching and observing how salon life was supposed to be, I fell in love with it. She taught me a lot about how salons were supposed to be run, what worked/what didn’t work, and how to be successful in my career from a business/customer service standpoint. Cosmetology school was a total bust for me; the way it was run, the day-to-day negativity, the strict policies. If I hadn’t known that the real world would be so different once I graduated, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it. I’m very thankful that I learned so much from my mom about the industry before I ever even entered into it.

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