P3 Hair Story:
Midlife Career Change
I (Sarah Kelly) was a mainframe database analyst at Wells Fargo Bank, but fell out of love with spreadsheets and long hours. I had a Blackberry and a laptop and no personal life. My husband said ‘you’re miserable, I get it, what do you want to do with the rest of your life’? I wanted to cut hair. I resigned from the bank in May of 2009 and enrolled in the Aveda Institute, Minneapolis. Truly the Harvard of beauty schools! I became a member of the C1009 Tribe (October 2009 class). It was challenging. Two weeks before graduation, I signed the lease on a salon space and had a soft opening of P3 Hair Design in October of 2010.
I had four or five stylists working with me for about five years when the City of MInnetonka started construction on Shady Oak Road. They hadn’t originally intended to take the building my salon was in, but once they started, it was clear that the setback from the road would be insufficient. I realized that if I was going to start all over again, I may as well start someplace with better weather. My family started to plan our move to Santa Barbara.
Nine months later, the kiddo, the dogs, the house are transplanted here and we couldn’t be happier. We live not too far from the Salon, on the Mesa, a couple blocks from Mesa Lane Steps. We really lucked out. I feel every moment not spent outside is a waste of time.
Thank you for welcoming me into the community, and I hope I can get to know more of you as I grow my Salon business. Call (805) 324-7950 for an appointment to get your curls curated.
P3 Hair Design