Five Minutes with Natasha John Lewis
Natasha John Lewis is the co-founder of My Hair Bar, a stylish hair salon based in central London which she founded with three friends - Lorraine Dublin, Melissa McCullock and Alyson Richardson. My Hair Bar specialises in Afro and European hair and offers a range of services such as blow-drying, relaxing, colouring and cutting. It is also one of few black female owned hair salons located in central London. Natasha took time out to tell us about how she created her beauty brand.
What sort of research did you do to find out what services to offer our customers?
Due to our extensive experience working for other salons, we spotted gaps in the market and knew we wanted to create a salon that specialised in Afro hair services. One that also kept abreast of the latest hair, fashion and beauty trends and was forward-thinking and innovative. We also ensure we invest in regular training by completing hair courses in the UK and overseas to stay on top of our game.
How did you decide on the look of your brand?
To keep in tune with the cool, laidback vibe we wanted for the salon, we decided to keep the decor very chic and minimalist.
What are your future plans for your brand?
We are very keen to spread the word about My Hair Bar far and wide, so this year we have invested in merchandise and we’ve recently started selling branded hoodies, T-shirts, caps and silk scarfs. We are passionate about inspiring our people to be the best they can be, and to love who they are and to appreciate the hair that grows from their head. So within our merchandising, we have incorporated uplifting words and slogans on our T-shirts and hoodies. In terms of future plans, we would also like to have our own hair products and combs and brushes and expand the My Hair Bar philosophy to include more salons, where we can provide every service available under the hair and beauty banner.
What are your favourite beauty brands?
Fenty Beauty, YSL, Illamasqua, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Pat McGrath.
What advice do you have for someone that wants to set up their own hair salon?
Follow your passion, put in the work , don’t stop grinding. Starting any business is hard work, but you get out what you put in so definitely go for it but remember you have to be strong to survive in a very competitive industry. Invest in your salon business by attending as many courses and workshops as possible so you can stay current and ahead of the curve. And when inevitable obstacles occur, just remember to stay focused and follow your dreams.
You can follow My Hair Bar on Instagram.
For more information, please visit their website.