Learning how to cut it as a boss
Lucia bought salon at 19 – nowshe’s celebrating 10 years in the business
AS LUCIA Momesso reflects on the success of her business Chiabella Hair Designz, it is easy to understand how different her life could have been if not for her willingness to take a chance.
Miss Momesso celebrated the 10th anniversary of her hairdressing business on October 4, but it wouldn’t have happened if not for her own “Sliding Doors moment”.
“I actually wanted to be a drama or PE teacher,” she said.
“I just missed out on the first round of acceptances because my OP was one point out. I passed all of the other exams.
“They tried to convince me to wait until the second round but I was like ‘nup’.”
Miss Momesso completed a series of massage courses before an opportunity to buy the previous Katy’s Hair Salon saw a radical change in profession.
“This salon was for sale and I told my parents I wanted to do it and they eventually said okay,” she said. “I was only 19 at the time. “At that point I was trying to do massage therapy. I finally went to TAFE in the January but learnt a lot from the staff I had working.”
She also worked at a salon in Maryborough, gathering as much experience as she could.
From the outside it looked like a bizarre set-up.
She closed the store every Monday to go to lessons, while her staff members also acted as part-time instructors and advisers while she was on the job.
“It was pretty hard,” she said.
“I’ve always had really good staff and I still do. It was very challenging because I was trying to run the business as well as learn. I even spent my Saturdays cutting friends’ hair.”
With the benefit of hindsight, Miss Momesso admitted it was “not an ideal” set-up but a great learning experience.
“It was not an ideal way to learn and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but I would have to say it was the best experience,” she said.
“Owning my own business at 20 is a huge deal. You grow up a lot faster, that’s for sure.”
ON THE JOB: Chiabella Hair Designz owner Lucia Momesso with regular customer Hannah Wiemers.