What comes easy to me, doesn’t come easy to everyone. For a long time I had a really high goals and standards for my employees. I wanted them to do things as fast as I did and the way I did them. I didn’t understand why they weren’t able to or didn’t want to. To them the goals were unattainable, and I was perceived as detached. I thought I was pushing them towards greatness and challenging their abilities to make them better, but it turned out I was making them feel like they weren’t good enough. Not what you want as a leader. I’ve learned to be more conscientious.
I had the pleasure to interview Deb Monti. Milvali Extensions & Academy was established in San Francisco by expert Extensionist & award-winning salon owner Deb Monti. Voted “best hair extensions” four years in a row by the San Francisco Chronicle’s A-List and named one of the top 10 hair extensions experts by Allure Magazine, Monti knew it was time to share her method and passion with the world and launched Milvali Extensions Academy in 2016. Today, Monti teaches aspiring extension experts in her San Francisco-based salon, Milvali Salon, as well as travels all over the world teaching her method with the next generation.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I can tell you the exact moment that brought me to my passion for hair extensions and lead me to this career path. It started way back in 1997 while I was working as a manager for a popular cosmetic company on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. We were hiring, and I was interviewing. If you are familiar with SF, you know it’s hills. I was driving to work that morning and saw the back of a tall blonde walking down the…