Janalyn Mehler - Owner of Soul Salons
Tell us about your business?
We serve to give each and every client a safer and healthier experience in our salon environment. We specialize in cleaner hairdressing techniques and products to protect the integrity of the hair and the condition of the scalp without compromising the results. Furthermore, we guide and educate our clients towards healthier lifestyles. Combining cleaner salon practices with overall health is our way of alchemizing true beauty. That's why we are Soul Salons- Hair, Body, and Spirit.
How did you get started?
I bought the salon five years ago off my previous boss and mentor. She stayed with me for a year to get things up and going. I got really lucky to have that kind of help.
What inspires you?
Nature in all its glory! Nature has this way of grounding me. When I am grounded I think clearer, feel lighter, and more relaxed. I feel inspired and motivated to work hard so I can spend more time outside in Momma nature. -The ultimate modern woman!
What is your idea of a Modern Woman?
A modern woman has total freedom of choice when it comes to what she wants to do with her life. She is limitless in her choices and because her desire is so strong, nothing or no one will stop her. I believe a modern woman could and should have total time and financial freedom and I see more and more women going down the home based business route doing very very well for themselves and creating positive changes in their family and relationships. I feel for job security reasons these days it's a good thing to diversify and have your eggs in a few different baskets.
What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?
-Stay true to yourself. What do YOU want to create?! Do not let outside influences steer you away from your dreams and desires.
-Meditate, do yoga, go for a float, get outside....spend time with YOURSELF once a day. If you have a partner or kids find the time to have some alone time, it's worth every minute!
-Morning pages- 3 pages, first thing every morning as soon as you wake up. Just write. Don't worry about spelling or it not making sense. This allows you to put anything that's bothering you on paper so you don't carry that energy around with you all day. And if your goal is to write a book imagine what 3 pages will add up to after a few months of this super powerful morning ritual.
-Build solid relationships. Allow people into your life. Your network is your greatest asset.
What is one piece of advise you would give yourself looking back?
Don't be so hard on yourself!
What can we find you doing in your free time?
You can find me at Moksha yoga studio, a spin class or biking around the river, walking my dog Osito, hanging out at the market/ cafes for hours, or at some sort of community event or music festival.
Who is someone that you find is a role model for women in business?
I've been spending a lot of time with this woman lately and my goodness has she taught me a lot, Celeste Lemieux of Balance Within. I've never met anyone with her life experiences who's been able to show up fully present everyday and hold space and help so many people. I've taken a few courses with Celeste over the past year. I can truly say I am a more compassionate and a more loving person because of her...especially towards myself.
Do you think having a mentor is valuable both while you’re starting out and even after you are more experienced?
I had a mentor when I started hairdressing, Jacquelyn Marquis. I would have quit a year after I began if it wasn't for her believing in me and spending the time and energy to teach me everything I still use until this day. I am currently mentoring an apprentice. Next month she will be completing her Journeymen's. Mentoring has shown me just how much I relied on my mentor to get me through some pretty tough experiences and if I didn't have that support I probably would have quit early on in my career. The power of a mentor goes a long long way.
Do you feel a strong sense of community among business woman and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan?
Many of my friends I grew up with in Saskatoon are now some sort of entrepreneur. We have all came across the same struggles and know what it's like getting started. I feel anyone who moves to Saskatchewan would have no problem being welcomed and supported in their business.
Make sure to visit Janalyn and her Soul Team at the Modern Woman Show & Expo on April 16th & 17th at Prairieland Park. We have always learned so much from her each year at the event and we know you will find her products and knowledge eye opening and her presence filled with positivity.
Soul Salons can be found at #7-405 Circle Drive East in Saskatoon. Call them at 306-978-2411 to book an appointment.
Interview by Chantal Schulte
Photos by deMo Photography