We had the good fortune of connecting with Bria Phifer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bria, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I knew that I was in the industry where you either work long term at a salon or branch off and do your own thing so it was super easy to do…just really had to brain storm and budget properly. There was a lot of going back and forth on whether I should do it or not.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I got started in the hair industry in 2019! Decided to finally go to cosmetology school and get my license. I’ve been able to participate in Fashion Week, have some of the hair I’ve done published as well. I want to say professionally I was able to get to where I am because of the school but that’s only half of it. Yes going to a reputable school helps but the talent still needs to be there. The drive…the want to be successful.
I’ve learned to also keep your ideas to yourself. Share nothing with others unless they’ve shown you they are supportive. It’s been plenty of times where I share news and someone speaks negatively over it or my plans. No one needs that type of negativity.
As far as my brand, Phoenix Tresses I want everyone to know it’s a salon space for all. Welcomes everyone and all their hair glory. The goal is to enhance your beauty with your hair. Giving you that rebirth we all need. I feel like I’ve been successful thus far because I’m honest with my guest. I connect with them somehow. There’s plenty of people that may do the same thing I do but your personality and the way you connect with people will always stand out.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would more than likely have them stay at The Battery in one of the hotels there. More than likely the Aloft hotel. Then we would check out Punch Bowl Social for starters. Take them to the city to my favorite restaurants. I’m not much of a going out person anymore not even because of the pandemic I just don’t have the desire to be out late anymore. We would go to Six Feet Under in Grant Park or Midtown. Republic Social House in Grant Park. A trip to Perimeter mall because that’s my favorite mall in GA. Go to Orient Express in Vinings for hibachi or sushi. Brunch at Another Broken Egg in Vinings as well. If it’s a nice day out too we could go hang out at Piedmont park. There’s plenty of things to do here in Atlanta for every kind of person. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Husband has been a really big supporter in my career. He helps when he can and gives his opinion on something when I ask. Even as little as “Hey babe what do you think of this as the wall color?” Or “Do you think this color line will be good to use in the salon?”