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

Hi Lisa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Honestly I had no other choice. I worked in a salon where I only had ambitions to just grow in the company and retire from there. I started as a salon assistant and worked my way up to becoming a stylist. But with my switch in positions, I gained a new perspective in handling clients. I was no longer just responsible for prepping clients, cleaning and answering phones, I was now responsible for the clients being satisfied with the end results. So in turn I started feeling more in charge and my mindset went from a mere worker to being in charge. With that change in my mindset, my personality started to clash with the owner’s. And when you start wanting to change the way a business is run, it’s usually time to start your own. I worked there from 2012 to 2018. In December 2018, I was informed my contract was up and I had a week to leave. It was very shocking for me because I was not prepared for this news. But nevertheless, I had a week to figure out what my next move was going to be. I had decided that it was time to do my own thing because I knew I didn’t want to go into a similar situation. Fast forward to 3 years later and my business has been very successful. It was the best decision/non-decision I ever made!

What should our readers know about your business?
I am the salon owner of Virgo Hair Artistry located in Jacksonville, FL. What sets me apart is my ability to achieve trendy styles while also focusing on optimum health of the hair. I am most excited to wake up everyday with a full schedule knowing that all those people specifically chose me to beautify them. I got where I am today by working hard to make sure I please as many clients as possible by being on time, having great customer service and taking continuing education classes at least 3-5 times each year. It was not and never will be easy, it all requires ample amount of sacrifice. I overcame challenges by having one thought in mind, and that is to succeed. Along the way, I’ve learned that I am not here to please everyone. And the ones that I do, that’s who I focus on. I want the world to know that whatever you want bad enough, the universe is always listening and ready to align it for you, it’s up to you to listen and follow the signs to get there.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For food, I’d choose Mavi, Cowford Chophouse, River & Post, Eva’s Jamaican Kitchen, Luxury Lounge Jax, Firebirds and Beignets Carribean Cafe.

Places to hang out is Hoptingers, Aroma’s, MOCA, Cummerbund Museum, and basically anywhere in 5 Points.

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?
I want to shoutout Brittanye Blake, my social media manager for this opportunity! Thank you.

Instagram: @virgohairartistry

Facebook: Virgo Hair Artistry

Image Credits
HiDef Pixel, Gary Gee Smith

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