We had the good fortune of connecting with Lizzie McIntire and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lizzie, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Fulton, Missouri. It’s a small rural town in the middle of the state. Fulton made me who I am. I’m just a small town girl with humble beginnings, and I always try to live in that mindset. I grew up with a single mom, and we worked very hard for everything we had. If anything else, that has always made me scrappy. In times where the money just isn’t there, I’ve been able to make a plan and get through to the other side. While doing what I love what I do and my clients mean the world to me, my upbringing also taught me that your career isn’t everything. What your work and income allows you to do outside of work is what makes life sweet.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a hairstylist that specializes in creative color, blondes, and thick hair. I’m proud of myself for opening up a salon suite space in the worst part of the pandemic. I’d be lying if I said it was easy. Following raising concerns I had about Covid-19 safety protocols, I was let go from my previous position as a commission stylist. When looking for further employment I quickly realized that I had the clientele and the desire to go independent. In the hair world there are two ways of doing that – booth or suite renting. After touring a couple of booth rent salons I toured the suite I am in now. It’s cliche, but I “just knew” it was the right place. Although it costs more money upfront to furnish than a booth, I was already seeing my vision come to life and I had to follow it. It took a situation that was out of my control to push me into making the leap to start my own business. I would have probably never left if I wasn’t forced to. I learned that when making big decisions if you look at the worst case scenario, it becomes way less scary. In this case the worst case was either I wouldn’t like it or wouldn’t be successful,. If that happened, I would just go back to being a commission stylist. Honestly not that bad, right? Flash forward 7 months and I honestly could never go back to not being my own boss. Now I’m able to serve my guests in a place that feels like me. I no longer have to “turn on”. My space is nurturing, inclusive, and is designed to help people not only look good, but feel good.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love that even though I’ve lived in Denver almost 8 years, I can still feel like a tourist here. I’d start by grabbing breakfast at one of my favorite little coffee shops, probably Weathervane or Crema. Another place I love to take visitors is The Denver Botanic Gardens. Even if you’ve been before, there are always rotating gardens and something new to see. For a scenic drive, taking people up Boulder Canyon to Nederland is my go to. It’s not too high in elevation, so I’m not going to make my visitors sick. When we get back to Denver, we obviously have to hit up a brewery. Cerebral and Odd 13 are two of my favorites. Hopefully they had a food truck, but if I had to take someone to dinner it would hands down by City O’ City. I’m a vegetarian, but they have something for vegans and meat eaters alike. Then I’d love to take my visitors to a local show or club. Larimer Lounge and Milk Bar are two of my favorite places to have an amazing night. To fill in any of the extra time, I love walking the shops along Broadway. I’m still a midwesterner at heart though, so a good portion of our trip would be visiting while I make some sort of casserole to share at home.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is no better person to dedicate this shoutout to than Abby Lambert. Abby was my mentor for the first 9 months after getting my license. Abby passed away unexpectedly in June. She is the reason I do hair the way I do. One thing she said will always stick out to me. “If there isn’t one thing you want to improve in every service you provide, are you even a good hairstylist?” That has stuck with me ever since. It helps me relax when I don’t love something I did, and helps drive me when I create something amazing.
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