Meet beauty entrepreneur Lauren Napier

I can’t lie; the first reason I contacted Lauren Napier was because she has ridiculously good skin. As in, it shouldn’t be allowed. What’s more, her CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER luxury face wipe range has topped the must-have lists of many global beauty experts, and this week she’s launching in Australia. So of course I contacted her to talk beauty for my blog, nogracekelly.com, but I also wanted to know how Lauren became that thing that so many of us want to be: a successful female entrepreneur. Lauren is traveling all over the world right now, so we had a quick chat via email, but there’s a podcast coming soon!

Is there anything such as a 'typical' day for you? 
My day is constant. I have retailers in Russia, Australia, the Middle East and the UK –  so imagine a world clock, with the emails coming in waves. It begins at 5am until about 10am. Around noon things start to settle, until the West Coast of the US starts moving around, so I’m back at it until 10pm or so. Entrepreneurship is not for the weary!  

What's the worst thing you've encountered when it comes to business etiquette?
I think entitlement and laziness would be the worst things I’ve encountered. 

Best piece of business advice you've been given? 
‘Get an assistant!’ – from everyone I know. 

Worst piece of advice?
‘Don’t’ and ‘You should.’ I receive unsolicited advice all of the time. People want to help while offering advice without knowing anything besides what they see from their point of view. No-one knows your operation better than you. I often listen and take the advice that applies to my brand.

Do you have a mentor?
I don’t. I do have people in the business whose success I admire. I read and find inspiration and guidelines there.

What has been the most 'wow' moment of your career thus far?
I am fortunate to have had many. CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER is a global brand and its launching in Australia exclusively at Mecca Trove right now. I’m currently in Australia visiting stores and meeting press - so this is a wow moment! 

How long ago did you start building your brand? What made you do it?
I think I was always on a path, but didn’t quite know it. I started out as a makeup artist and created skincare products based on my experience.  

Biggest mistake that you've learned from?
All mistakes are lessons. I have made premature decisions, based on where I see the brand’s future. The lesson there is learning to simultaneously play the short and long game.

As a woman of colour, has this affected your rise to success in any way?
I have a supreme product and that has been the catalyst for success.

 

To find out more about the CLEANSE by LAUREN NAPIER range, visit laurennapier.com

Imagery via laurennapier.com/Instagram @laurennapier

 



So you want to...open your own hair salon

Christel Lundqvist

Christel Lundqvist

Over the past five years my career has taken me into the world of hair, and let me tell you, the hair industry is one of the most fun industries to be a part of. Along the way I've met some ridiculously talented people, one of whom is Christel Lundqvist. This colourist has always had an alchemic quality to the way she works, and recently, she went from working for a big brand to opening her own salon, Stil. Here are a few nuggets that came from our chat.
 

I first met Christel when she was working for HOB Salons; then she moved to TIGI, where she still works as Global Creative Technical Director. I asked her what has been the biggest difference between working in a salon and working for yourself?
When it's your own business the care factor is different and you are never off. You are constantly working, even if it's not on clients, I'm always thinking of new projects and ideas on how to push the business forward.

How long did the process from the initial idea to realisation take?
It took nearly two years from when I first decided I wanted to go ahead with the idea. I'd always loved being part of a team but it was always there in the back of my head.

Were there any times that you wondered why you were doing this?
No, not really. I have loved every minute of the journey. However I have learnt a lot and there are certain things that I would now do differently if I opened another salon. (FYI, Christel tells me she will be looking to open a second salon, so stay tuned!)

Did you have a budget?
Yes I did have a budget and I tried really hard to stick to it. I did go over slightly with my renovation costs, but overall I was very disciplined with my spend. Before we moved in, the shop used to be a Sweaty Betty store, so it was organised in quite a different way. 

What advice would you give to someone who's thinking of opening their own salon?
Do it; it's such an amazing journey. The best advice I can give is to really know your brand inside out. You need to know exactly what you are promoting and selling.

Images below supplied by Stil. Find the salon at 2A Chepstow Road, London W2 5BH and follow them @stil.salon