Incase you haven’t seen the dreamy interiors of Studio Mae or met Lah the friendly pup around Dairy Rd on one of their coffee runs, we’re telling you you’re missing out! Hannah has created more than the perfect Pinterest worthy salon to get your locks looking beautiful – she has created a blank canvas space for all your whimsical event and shoot dreams.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and the concept behind the Studio Mae Concept space?
I’m Hannah and I have been hairdressing for 14 years (yikes that makes me feel old). Essentially 2020 made me think long and hard about the type of hairdressing I love to do, and it made me want to change the way I was doing it. Studio Mae is designed to slow down the sometimes-crazy pace of hairdressing and make it even more of a relaxing experience.
Can you walk us through the background for the Studio and what you are trying to achieve?
It’s a funny thing to say now but I have never wanted to own a hair salon, however, the idea of a creative space really started to appeal to me. I started to envision a practical yet minimalist type of space that could be transformed into more than just a hair salon. The idea is to eventually (alongside hairdressing) hire or rent out the studio for different uses such private events, photography shoots, small group classes, workshops etc.
What was the most challenging aspect you’ve faced so far?
This one is an easy one… TIME. By far my biggest challenge was time and learning the hard way that construction and Christmas do NOT mix. With most people not being able to holiday abroad in the last year, Canberra has seen a peak in home renovations and thus creating a back log for the time of year that I went seeking a commercial fit-out. I couldn’t be happier with my builders though; they were absolutely amazing, and it shows!
And what’s been the most amazing experience?
Seeing it come to life was pretty incredible, from the first week construction began any anxiety or worry I had instantly eased. Also, I can’t go past the support I have received. Whether it has been from friends, family, complete strangers or even friends of friends. I truly have been overwhelmed by it all.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for someone looking to chase their dreams/passion or try something new?
It is incredibly cliché but taking the risk or leap of faith is scary but so worth it. If it’s something you have been thinking about and continue to think about, chase it. I found having a business plan was really important; sure, I can colour and cut hair, but the business side of things is where I needed to focus. My favourite quote for this venture has been “Nothing changes if nothing changes”.
What does an ideal day look like to you?
An ideal day for me is waking up, grabbing a coffee and taking our dog Lah for a walk. Most Thursdays, I do this with my girlfriends before work which is such a nice way to start the day. My partner Rick and I are obsessed with Pizza Gusto in Braddon, so I couldn’t describe an ideal day without saying we would have that for dinner (we have it far too often).
What keeps you Zen/Happy?
If you asked me a year ago my answer would be completely different, but now it genuinely is going for walks, listening to podcasts/audiobooks, catching up with my girlfriends or a super quiet night in with Rick. I’ve learnt to slow down and say no to things I never thought I would, which has been the best thing for making sure I get rest and down time.
Morning/ Night: Night
What’s on your bedside table: A book, a plant, a water bottle and a photo of Rick and I.
Book you are currently reading: “Boy swallows Universe” and audiobook of “The happiest man on Earth”
Favourite Flowers: Lately I would have to say Hydrangeas (dried of course, if you’ve seen Studio Mae)
5 items you can’t leave home without: Phone, Pawpaw cream, Sunglasses, wallet and Lah (I would take her everywhere if I could)
Signature Scent: Don’t know about signature scent but at the moment my go to perfume is My Burberry Blush