Create Yourself.

My name is Vanessa Baird. Wife. Mother. Hair Stylist. Business Owner.  These are just a few titles I've aquired throughout my 28 years of life, and certainly not my last. This past year has been quite a journey, or better said, quite a beginning. I began my writing for the purpose to inwardly reflect where I’ve been, recognize what I’ve learned, and to appreciate where I am. On this day, I share it with the world in hopes to teach, inspire, and support anyone who stumbles upon these words of truth and authenticity.  

To this date, I would consider myself a very successful human being. 

Thats an interesting phrase isn't it, successful. What does it mean? Socially. Financially. Spiritually. Even more complexed ways to define the term. I suppose even with an answer, our culture has in some ways, brainwashed us to believe we have to meet specific qualifications before being privileged to claim the status.  

No, I suppose I'm not the average example of the term “successful”.- I don't have a college degree, I cringe of the thought of my high school test scores, I don't come from an impressive background in business, I am super introverted, highly sensitive, and for most of my life I allowed these words to dictate my potential.  

Have you ever felt like you were created to do something great with your life? Beyond the degrees, titles and awards, something perhaps even beyond you?  I always ‘felt’ I did, but the world made me think my sensitive and emotionally driven demeanor meant I was “unqualified” for the leading roles in society.

This, my friends, is bullshit. 

Let me clarify….(cups hands around mouth) it's BULLSHIT!

Be somebody that makes everyone feel like a somebody.

Be somebody that makes everyone feel like a somebody.

“No, I'm not insulted at all when people call me sensitive. Feeling things deeply is my superpower. I'm an empathetic badass.” - unknown

My journey to define my career, to define myself, has not been an easy one. I’ve worked many jobs in various positions, with long hours and tired weekends. Although exhausting, I can honestly say I have gained great confidence, skill, and understanding of business from each and everyone of them. However, the everyday highs and lows of business are much more complexed then your phones emojis.

It’s not all ‘heart’ ’heart’ ‘thumbs up’ ‘big smile’. But then again, neither is life. 

Our journey in life is deeply personal, we interpret our experiences uniquely and hopefully grow from our understanding wisely. Sadly,  some lessons are buried deep within competition, alliances, and in some experiences deception and greed. It was 10 years in the beauty industry at 27 years old that I felt worn out and uninspired. I was emotionally and physically exhausted by the everyday politics, egos, and power struggles. I struggled trying to find the proper balance between personal and professional lifestyle, maintaining appropriate and necessary relationships, choosing my work expectations over my family, and battling the depression that constantly followed my unhappiness. Inevitably, I fell short of expectation, found myself outcasted and unimportant in the eyes of my colleagues, nervous about my future employment, and terrified of the possibility that this was going to be the rest of my life. 

My mom has a saying. “I don't believe in suffering, I believe in finding solutions”. Such simplistic wisdom, so perfectly transparent. Yes, I was suffering, and I was done suffering. It was time to find the antidote.

I thought.... I prayed.... I cried..... I thought some more..... I prayed some more. And then, I listened. The outcome? I discovered my intention, I realized my purpose. 

In a moment of truth and silence, I recalled a distinct memory of an 18 year old girl starting a career as a makeup artist. As she stood in the kitchen on her first day of work, she looked up and told her mother she had a feeling she was meant for great things. 10 years later I finally realized my intuitive thought of personal greatness was right the entire time, except now I realized that 'MY' greatness was really about supporting the greatness of others.

In 2014 I decided to retire from bosses, hierarchy, and allowing others to tell me how to measure my own worth.  That summer, I designed an environment for creative hair stylist built on a foundation of kindness, support, and artistry. 

We know it as Studio 110. 

Studio 110 has become a larger reality than originally thought. My brand is built around others success and importance, a seven chair hair salon housing seven talented and creative independent Entrepreneurs. I help mentor and support the creation of their own style, teach the importance of creating human connections, and continue to cultivate a culture of kindness, support, and conscious business modeling.  

No bosses. No egos. No punishment. 

This day, November 7th 2015, we celebrate a year of success and happiness. With a successful foundation, Studio 110 operates as a creative community where every artist is both teacher and student. We embrace the experiences we share and cherish the relationships we build with both clients and collegues. We continue our goal to provide support and share wisdom, practice the art of kindness , and continue to make our mark in Tucson, Arizona. 

For the past year I have woken up with opportunity at my door, creation in my heart, and a smile on my face. I have designed a way of living that works in synchrony with my life and my heart, and yes, I still hear a whisper of greatness in my future. 

My name is Vanessa Baird. Innerprenuer*. Kindness enthusiast. Leader. Happy.

 

*Innerprenuer- Strong feeling of connection with other human being and praising the values of collaboration, sharing and connectedness.
My intention is defined by the love of my family. Family is my priority, family is my happiness. 

My intention is defined by the love of my family. Family is my priority, family is my happiness. 

Lets share our stories of fear and triumph, discoveries and lessons. Let us not shy away from failures or struggles but learn from them, grow from them, and eventually conquer them.  Please feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me with stories and accomplishments. You are never alone in the journey we call life. I support you. 

-Vanessa Baird Creator of Studio 110, Creative Hair Design

 

 

She Designed a Life She Loved.

Im a lover for design and beautiful spaces. My first impression of a place is the way its represented, you could actually say I'm really a supehero of design. I can walk into any space and I will zone into every small detail that creates, compliments, and intrigues our many senses. Infact, its always sadden me when a room doesn't represents its fullest potential. Its like finding a one of a kind piece of artwork, and never displaying it- whats the point?. Yes, decor is an important ingredient to an excellent experience, and a memorable one at that. In this particular story, it was Studio 110s bathroom that needed an extreme creative makeover. 

"The simple secret is making sure that every decorating decision contributes to the creation of beauty and comfort. Beauty to uplift our senses (to transcend the mundane) and comfort to make us feel taken care of (to embrace us in the mundane).” -Madame Needleman

When originally creating the space, I had an idea for the bathroom, but of course not allowing it to be my main focus, because come on..its a bathroom. I knew i didn't want anything cold or clinical, but nothing too memorable- I figured using a dark color on all walls would make it feel smokey and alluring.  It worked well enough, but coming close to our year anniversary it was time for a major remodel. 

Heres the bathroom before. 

This past month, I have spent weeks pinning bathrooms, collaging ideas, and staring aimlessly at the home depot paint swatches, and honestly, slightly overwhelmed of my options. 

So many directions, what do I choose?? Organic and earthy, dramatic and intense, simple and minimalist? I am a lover of all these directions, but not interested in doing a 2nd overhaul down the road.  Needless to say, it had to be exactly perfect. 

And then. EUREKA! I saw it.   The most intriguing and mystical color that hit me like cupids arrow.  I mean come on, any color that reminds us of the Emerald City of "The Wizard of OZ" has to be a sure hit.....

Thats right! Emerald Green. Delicious just looking at it huh? As we painted the walls it was obvious that the color was the centerpiece of the bathroom.  A few accent colors of gold to richen the experience, and a gorgeous salmon colored Oriental rug to make it POP, and there you have it.  

a mid century cart for display  (I love anything whimsy). 

Can you refer to a bathroom as sexy? because this one fits the bill. Come check out our space that always evolves with trends and inspiration.  Trust me, the bathroom is not the highlight, but its a a pretty close second...

 

A New Addition To Your Studio Sessions

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As we build our cherished stylist community we continue to evolve and adapt with new skills and assets. With that we are so pleased to welcome our newest member to our Studio Stylist family Kellee Denton.  Not only does she offer amazing hair services, but she also studies the artistry of eyelash extensions.  Eyelash extensions is a trend that is growing rapidly in our industry, it typically requires a more private setting to make the clients feel relaxed and comfortable. In order to make each experience unique and personal we have re-designed the salon space to create a private setting for each lash service, got our hands a little dirty, and turned the opportunity into a DIY experience..

My amazing husband and Co-owner of Studio 110 designed and built this custom distressed wood plank wall that has both charm and function. To get the overall look was a process, we used  1 X 8 wood planks, lined up our little babes, and beat the heck out each plank, literally! To distress the wood we dragged nails, whipped chains, and chucked hammers to give this worn and torn look to the wood.  Sean then decided to use 3 different types of stains, techniques, and sizes to create dimension and visual interest to the overall piece. With the help of other hard working Baird Builder employees ( thank you John and Jake!) The final look is a great addition to the organic space we call Studio 110 and offers more experiences for you to enjoy as a loyal and appreciated client.

Come check out our philosophy and atmosphere at Studio 110, we know you'll love it.  

Discover Your Innerpreneur

Studio 110 atmosphere is nothing short of perfection with a relaxing and inspiring enviroment for both clients and artists. 

Studio 110 atmosphere is nothing short of perfection with a relaxing and inspiring enviroment for both clients and artists. 

 

Studio 110 continues to create a power team of brilliant and skilled hair artists of Tucson.  We operate as an Artist Lounge where skills and specialties have been established, but the drive to continue growth remains. 

   Centrally located in the heart of Tucson in the historic Blenman Elm neighborhood, just 1 mile away from the University of Arizona, and only 3 miles from Downtown.  We are exposed to the most exciting and culturally diverse styles that pushes our ideas and skills to an inspiring and unexpected level. 

As we continue to distinguish ourselves in Tucson Arizona, our intimate platform as an Independent artists community, makes coming to work an aspiring and unique experience. 

A place where you have the luxury of driving your business, creating your schedule and becoming your own innerpreneur*.  Studio 110 provides a space to live, love and grow, making everyday an opportunity to share and learn from each others skills and experiences. Our cooperative efforts continue to expose Studio 110’s brand and highlight your skills through social media. Our goal is to expose your daily creativity with the intention of supporting your success and business growth long term. Please stop by our website studio110tucson.com and Facebook page Studio 110 for examples of what we provide the community and the family of Studio 110.

Innerpreneur *Strong feeling of connection with other human beings and praising the values of collaboration, sharing and connectedness

 

Studio Requirements

  • At least 2 years experience 
  • Existing Clientele 
  • Strong foundation and fundamentals of trade
  • Specializes in fashion forward and trendsetting styles
  • Personal traits such as positivity, flexibility, openness and fostering inspiration a plus 
  • Team player:  strong interpersonal communication skills, “change agents” and high emotional intelligence appreciated ( no exceptions)

 

Studio Schedule

  • Booth Rental- Create your own hours
  • In the spirit of growing your business and representing Studio 110 fully, participation during working days or time off is expected for events, hosted workshops, or meetings (Required)

 

Payments

  • Option of month to month or 1/year lease. Pricing varies.
  • Limited availability of "part-time" opportunity.

 

Does Studio 110 sound like your hair career soulmate?  If you love the Studio 110 philosophy, please fill out an application under Careers in our Stylist Community Section, or call 520-907-6673 for more information.

NO MORE BAD HAIR DAYS- STUDIO 110 WORKSHOP

Ever wakeup in the morning and dread your morning route to the bathroom, only knowing that it usually ends with untamed frizz, limp sad hair, or somewhere in-between the two? Ya, we know EXACTLY how you feel. 

I would say that at least 60% of my clientele tell me how that they wish they could take me home with them to do their hair every morning. I get it- I look back 14 years and recall a teenage girl no where near her "prime" with big frizzy curls and not a clue what to do with it.  I was just a curly hair girl, living in a straight hair world.  Literally, flat irons were all the rage...and not cheap at the time mind you. I don't doubt I said the very thing to my stylists at that point in time. 

THATS WHY WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! Our goal is to not just give you color and cut perfection, but to give you the tools to recreate a masterpiece with your own personal touch. - Monica Negri of Ten Outfits gave the Studio 110 stylists team the opurtunity to break down those barriers to the unknown territory of haircare and how-to's to her local clientele. 

We spent the hour educating about the science of professional hair color, the "grey market" tactics of product diversion, and then had a little hands on, open question tutorial to finish, including a little take home souvenir of a mini break down of creating simple stylish curls.

 

Enjoy pictures of our very first hair workshop, and find us on Facebook and Instagram and be the first to know about upcoming events.

 

Makeover of the Year.

Studio 110 was given an opportunity to extend their skills to a lucky winner of a free "Makeover of the Year" presented by Monica Negri-  of TenOutfits.  Valued at 2,200.00, this makeover was individually analyzed and designed by masters of their trade.  I, Vanessa Baird of Studio 110 was trusted with the education and creation of the winner Jodi Netzers' hair. Jodi, a colorful and funky personality was in desperate need of a transformation, her outer appearance fell short of properly portraying her beautiful soul and aspired professional disposition-we had our work cut out.

 My final analysis was to tighten and polish her look, never taking away the foundation of her style or character, but in fact evolving it. After a couple days of visiting the shop, I was able to learn what Jodi was willing to do, or NOT do once she left the shop. I educated Jodi with not only best styles for her lifestyle and face shape, but also ideal styling scenarios that started with sleepy mornings, and late beginnings. In a nutshell "Vanessa's play-by-play on how to look your best when you have no time."  I think its safe to say that our colloboration for Jodi Netzer was a true success. 

 Take a peek at her before and after pictures.

Photographed by Monica Negri

 

Jodi outside Studio 110 right before her appointment

Jodi outside Studio 110 right before her appointment

Jodi's stunning reveal with a "long bob"

Jodi's stunning reveal with a "long bob"


Grow Your Beauty

I've been in the beauty industry a very long time; Growing mentally, spiritually, and emotionally as I take part in masterful creations, emotional breakdowns, and the ever so hated political dance we know as "business", and I finally understand what beauty actually is.  Don't hold your breath, because unfortunately, it is not that ultimate selfie that you spent 20 minutes working on, nor is it  that insanely expensive cream that claims to reclaim and preserve your skins elasticity for 20 years.  It's not the clothes, the makeup, or even the hairstyle (although those don't hurt)- Its being your true authentic self.

Nothing is more beautiful than to love yourself, to truly believe in what you stand for, love for, and care for. Look in the mirror and know that you are an amazing person .Its that wining combo or character and conviction that makes you irresistible to the most important person, you.

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