This is part of a series titled WOW, or Women Owned Wednesdays. Read more about the series and my goal to genuinely support other women in my personal and professional relationships.
The first person I thought of to launch the WOW series was Jamie Miller, the epitome of what it means to support women. She has been one of my biggest cheerleaders and voices of encouragement, and without fear makes room for everyone. She wears many hats, from owner of the adorable salon, The Hair Parlour, to wife and mother of two, adorable children. Her team at the salon reflects the genuine, kind, and hardworking values that support her creative spirit.
Jamie's gifting behind the chair makes us leave beatiful, and her heart leaves us loving others to our fullest. Below is a question and answer session about her approach that allows her store to feel so welcome.
Tell us about The Hair Parlour and what it means to you?
The salon is my first baby opened alongside my husband seven years ago. It is a privilege to own your own business and create a space for a team to grow and clients to relax. It’s humbling and extremely gratifying to operate a lowtox, clean air salon that provides intentional services that cater to how our client feels. We support and promote our exceptional stylists in a cozy and creative space in the crossroads.
How has the salon evolved over the years?
It started with just me in a tiny space without a huge vision. Now we have an incredible team with the strongest work ethic and desire to elevate our industry in every way.
How have you, as a business owner, evolved over the years?
I recognized I had to spend more time cultivating the salon's mission and vision, which takes time and effort outside of the store to really focus on what is next.
What has been one of your biggest lessons in owning a business?
Over the years I had to come to terms with I can’t do it all. Asking for help, hiring amazing, smart people, and letting them do their job. You have to be ready to ride the roller coaster of biz ownership, but there is always a rainbow after the storm.
It's been said “balance is bullshit—it’s about alignment.” Do you agree? What gets you out of alignment? What brings you back in?
That's true! Things are going to happen---that’s life! When I pile too many things on, creating space for the necessities bring me back in alignment. I wake up early, drink all the water, workout, connect with the team, go to bed early.
You are a woman that champions other women. This doesn't come easy for some women. Can you share why it does for you?
That means so much! I truly love women. I see how hard we all work; how much we all care; and all the passion we have to offer. It is such an amazing feeling to support and share and learn from one another. I’m always thinking about what I needed as a girl growing into a young women, and hoping that I can be that for other girls and women.
I adore seeing your travels with your kiddos. Any tips for parents with littles who want to travel with them, but think it’s impossible?
Traveling is such a passion of mine, and to be able to take my babies places is beyond a gift. We do things a bit different from before when it was just my husband and I. A few tips for taking the kiddos along with confidence are.
- A carrie or stroller provides an extra hand and a place for them to sleep.
- They are excited to learn about the adventure they will take on the plane, train, or car ride.
- Don’t hold back! Kiddos can go anywhere, and sharing the experience is fun!
- Find a playground! [Amen - Ed.]
Now for some quick-fire questions...
What keeps you well?
Body work at Sage center; facials at Etiquette; Dr. Leigh Wagner...then moving my body everyday, listening to music, and reading empowering books.
What keeps you hydrated?
Water and nuun tablets.
What gets you out of bed?
Gratitude for this life.
Favorite way to spend an hour?
A walk, either with the family or listening to podcast.
How do you like to give back?
Giving my time and money to women that are trying to improve their lives or the lives of other women and children; any little bit to my family; and whatever I can do to help our environment.
Who do you look up to?
You [Gina, Ed.] as a mommy, biz owner, wife, and style icon); my husband who is calm, accepting, gets shit done, and is the best daddy; my late grandmother who was independent, fun, sassy; and, of course, Oprah!
Morning routine non-negotiables? Evening?
A morning journal, workout, time with kiddos and loud music, then family dinner, more snuggles, hairbrushing, long shower, and talking with my husband.
Tell us about your diet?
I try not to be to hard on my self, but I limit dairy; attempt to have only two cups of coffee a day; only one or two glasses of wine a week; and I love Kelly Leveque’s books and recipes.
Do you take any herbs? Supplements?
Dr. Leigh Wagner helped restore depleted nutrients after having babies and breastfeeding. She has me on all sorts of wonderful supplements that help with overall health, brain fog, and anxiety---I feel great! I also love everything sun potion, and the flower remedy tinctures at your shop.