Story and Interview by Ruby Corley
KS: We are not fans of the traditional salon experience and wanted to do something more intimate and private...
AS: I certainly never wanted to own or have a salon, when I moved to LA I was especially turned off by the feeling and vibe you get when you walk into a salon, lots of frenetic energy and judgment. So our idea was a “beauty space” more geared towards art and creativity.
KS: Nov 2014
JS: It was definitely to work with my sisters more. And we thought it would be a good place to have parties!
KS: Sure, There will always be conflict and differences in any relationship business or personal, what I appreciate is the ability to be honest and know that that person is not going anywhere.
JS: It’s always a 2 to 1 vote.
AS: We definitely all have a role. Jenn is the older sister (the boss) KS is the classic middle sister (funny, clown, does best with the most attention) and I am a classic baby (innocent bystander) HA! How has it helped? Well we each play a role in creating the space. We learned very early on that the easiest way to make a decision would be two to one, this has actually worked great, and it’s our simplest tool yet most effective.
KS: Yes! When I was looking for a studio on my own, I envisioned STRIIIKE. I saw an outdoor space with lots of greenery and a clean, neat space with tons of natural light.
JS: No. Not at all and I am not sure why! Kinda wish we had thought of it sooner. I really try not to “make plans”. This way I am always open to whatever surprises come up.
AS: My vision looked similar to what STRIIIKE is looks and feel wise, I did not however think we would take on such a demand for sister beauty team, this has been such a positive surprise. I had no expectations on if we would be successful or not, I'm so pleased and fueled to go further because of how our hard work has payed off! And when I say success I mean, feeling amazing about what we’re/I’m producing.
KS: I’m blessed to have the most inspiring and influential people in my chair everyday. I learn so much from all of my clients...
JS: I don’t know how important it is in a business sense, but it sure is a lot of fun. And I always get to learn so much about a field that I didn’t know much about.
AS: I think it's extremely important to us personally and I'm sure that shows naturally in an overall social network outlook as well. I find it so much more satisfying working with people (not just women) who have so much heart, and care so much about what they do; it adds such a luxurious appeal. I also tend to vibe with like-minded people, which end up being lady bosses!
KS: Its an important to have a plan but a more importantly to be prepared for anything / everything and be open. Say yes and then figure it out.
JS: Maybe have a business plan, but don’t think about it too hard. You just have to leap in, and I think everyone figures out a lot as they go.
AS: I would tell a young hairdresser/entrepreneur to learn as much as possible early on. Take it all in, if you have a super solid base of knowledge in your field (I’m speaking of my experience in hair) then you can take what you know and make it your own style, which is so unique and NOBODY can replicate.
KS: It original came from pure survival instincts and has evolved. Our parents weren’t emotionally or physically supportive growing up and we had to really grow and make decisions really fast.
AS: I think that our parents were a big part of us being independent hard working women. I think that they encouraged us to be creative but also to make our own money, cause they sure as heck weren't going to support us when we turned 18, it sounds so hard core now a days and especially in LA, but I’m so grateful that that it’s the way it had to be. We had to get creative, which is what made me go to beauty school while I was still in high school. That way I'd have a good money making job to get me through college (which never happened). But my parents were always very supportive of me going through Beauty School so young, and allowing me to skip 3-6th period for Beauty School (which still counted as high school credit). A lot of parents wouldn't allow that these days, they'd make their child do the best they could at academics regardless of how much it peeked their interest. So I’m very grateful to my parents for that.
JS: Our publicist/manager/momager/smartest business lady I know, Cara Hilfer!
AS: It depends on the advice.
JS: Don’t sweat the small stuff (and its usually all small stuff). Choose your battles.
KS: A smile, natural brows and less is more when it comes to makeup!
JS: Always try and do your makeup by a window (natural light).
AS: The three of us all believe in a more natural approach to beauty. That being said we work in Hollywood and everyone wants to look put together and camera ready. I think we have a great outlook of what looks good and what's appropriate. We all like to see an image as a whole, which is why we work together so well.We can collaborate in a way that makes for a great overall look. A lot of artists are very much in a job for themselves, they want their work to shine brighter than everyone else's. What we want more than anything is to create a great overall look and for every aspect to work together cohesively.
KS: Oil Cleansers for clean and radiant skin. Tatcha is my fave!
JS: Beauty Blender! The only way to get a flawless makeup application.
KS: Dang, hard one, depends on the medium (and the day, ha!) I’m such a Gemini…
JS: Cindy Sherman, Marcel Dzama, Raymond Pettibon, and William Claxton.
KS: HA! You’re funny
JS: Those are fighting words!!!