We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Conway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, how do you think about risk?
Isn’t this the question of the year – we are all considering risk in one way or another. Should we see our family members, spend time with friends, send our children back to school, go to the grocery store or hair salon, spend money to support local businesses and causes we believe in, or buckle down to protect our financial security? Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m an inherently conscientious person. Given everything going on in the world, the word ‘risk’ can bring to mind the implications of our choices, and the potential consequences. But risk can also be a counterweight to possibilities. When I think about the risks I’ve taken in my life and career, I think about how the potential to affect change, learn something new, and grow, outweighed the possibility of something bad happening. And guess what? Sometimes bad things did happen. And great things happened too. Taking risks has opened doors to possibilities I had never imagined. And with every outcome, I more fully experience who I am.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, I think the salon industry is unique because art, skill, and customer service come together in a special way. People are having their person image altered. New products, techniques, and trends hit the industry every day. There is always something revolutionary going on. When I look at reviews for L Raymond Styles, guests talk about our appointments being about so much more than hair color or style – they talk about feeling informed and having new confidence in the way they look and feel. I’m proud of this and grateful to be able to build relationships where the message is “You are welcome here, as you are.”
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.
Oh, gosh. What does this look like in the face of COVID? Actually, I was recently lucky enough to spend some time with my best friend and do you know what we did? We went for a walk, we ate take-out, we told our kids stories of our own childhood together, we drank good wine and laughed and laughed. We talked and listened to each other. Denver is a magical place with so many amazing things to see. But the most fun, interesting, and exciting places for me are wherever the people I love are.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The list of individuals, groups, organizations, and books that deserve recognition is endless. There are so many incredibly inspiring and compelling people in this world. But, for me, it’s always my clients. Without them, I simply wouldn’t have a business, and it is their continued loyalty and support that have helped the salon thrive and grow. My commitment to professional growth, continuing education, hard work, and proficiency is my love letter to them. I also can’t pass up the opportunity to shout at (oops, I meant shoutout!) my husband. We were both born with fires in our bellies for life and I’m grateful for the support, mentor-ship, love and encouragement we’ve been able to offer each other.
Photos taken by Lisa Conway