So our first 2021 entry into the Spotlight Series is also our first ever stylist in the series. Leah and I recently crossed paths near her salon. Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since I needed someone to take care of my hair. But even I can tell it’s got a cool, funky vibe to it.
Settle in and take a few minutes to learn about Leah and Salon 1150.
EAA: How did you get into the beauty industry?
Leah: I got into the beauty industry after college because I wanted to own my own business and I loved all the opportunity the beauty industry offered professionally.
EAA: You do more than just hair now right? You also consult?
Leah: I own Salon 1150, in the vibrant Seaholm District next to Lady Bird lake and I work behind the chair and I am an educator as well.
EAA: Who are your ideal clients?
Leah: My ideal client is between 20 and 60 years old, shops at J. Crew, Madewell or a cute Austin boutique. She gets her groceries from Whole Foods, the farmers market because she cares about her health and figure. She invests in her skin care and hair care because she wants to look her very best. She’s driven, likes to have fun and works hard. She wants to feel better about herself.
EAA: What makes Salon 1150 different from other salons?
Leah: Salon 1150 is a laid back luxe boutique salon that is client focused, service and experience driven. our mission to build a culture that promotes wellness, strives for excellence, sand fosters creativity. We are known for dry cutting and custom dimensional hair color. We are a full service salon offering cut, color, keratin, extensions and styling services.
EAA: When did you get to Austin?
Leah: I moved to Austin in 2008, during the great recession.
EAA: What would you recommend to people moving here?
Leah: I would recommend to people moving here to visit the city and explore and experience the many outdoor parks and hike and bike trails, check out the many Museums and cultural arts centers, go see live music and try as many local BBQ and Tamale restaurants. The beauty of Austin is its vibrant downtown as well as its flourishing suburbs.
EAA: What is your favorite Austin thing that most people don’t know about?
Leah: My favorite Austin thing that most people don’t know about is Sculpture Falls, a swimming hole you don’t want to overlook located off Barton Creek Greenbelt west of Twin Falls.
EAA: Any charities or non-profits you are interested in/work with/otherwise want to give a shout out to?
Leah: Austin is a real supportive community when it comes to non profits and charities. I am a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program here in Austin and the work they do locally for so many older adults who are isolated and alone is so meaningful. They are committed to providing life sustaining services and keeping older adults safe, healthy and fed.
Like I said, you really need to check out Salon 1150. It’s great and, like Leah said, it’s in the middle of the Seaholm District and lots to see before and after your visit. Let her know Everything Austin Apartments sent you.