Couture Conversations: Vanessa Baird of Studio 110

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Vanessa Baird is the ultimate girl boss of Tucson; wife, mother, hair stylist, and business owner. Her overwhelming positivity and genuine love for what she does is going to have you wanting to start your own business.

Studio 110 is a trendy and modern hair salon in Tucson; home to seven independent hair stylists where Vanessa mentors them and supports their creativity.


CitS: Who is Vanessa Baird?

VB: I suppose for starters I would have to claim my sensitive soul, an old soul some might say, and more often than not, an empathetic badass. I’m truly just a lover of life, a proud participant in my personal journey. A mother and wife first and foremost, a lover of all things beautiful, a creator, teacher, student. The list truly could go on for days, but the most beautiful identity I carry comes from the belief that no matter who I am today, or what I do tomorrow, I always thrive to reinvent myself.

CitS: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

VB: Wow, thats a really tough question to give an abstract thinker, being the creative soul that I am, my heart and desires have many destinations. What I can say for sure, is that five years from now I hope to be a more enlightened version of myself. I believe no amount off success, salons, or labels can ever give us the true feeling of “happiness” or “acceptance” within ourselves. No matter where I am in life, or what I’m doing, if I achieve happiness within myself, I’m already exactly where I want to be.

CitS: How has owning your own business changed your life?

VB: Owning my own business has really reminded me of the early sayings our parents would tell us, “you can achieve anything you put your mind to.“ I admit, it does come off a bit cliche, but we forget those words of encouragement as we continue down the path of real life and adulthood. We experience confrontation, stress, and fear that almost make it impossible to even attempt dreams, but I am living proof that no matter your strengths or weakness, if you support yourself and working toward your goal, anything is possible. Not only have I been able to refine my own ability, but owning my business gives me the freedom to really be apart of whats most important to me, my family. I have a husband, and two beautiful children who create memories and experiences everyday, and instead of hearing about them, I get to be apart of them. I promise my girls everyday that no amount or success will keep me from being their mom first.



CitS: Who were some of the major influences in your life and how did they help you get to where you are today?

VB: I was raised by a very strong independent woman, with grace, beauty and wisdom that shined out in everything she did. My mother has always allowed and encouraged me to honor who I am, and listen to my heart. With her famous words, “Can I give you some advice?” She challenged me to dig deep and discover myself. To this day she tells me everyday how impressed she is with my accomplishments, mainly my ability to not allow fear to keep me from what I want. Support is very important, I wish I saw it more often, in more places. I too hope to inspire and support creative individuals of this world, starting with my girls.


CitS: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
VB: When I first opened my business, I was scared, overwhelmed, and terrifyingly new to the experience. I work in a competitive industry, in a small (ish) town, and the fear of failure IS REAL. On top of that, we live in a world with labels. We label people who can, we label people who can’t, and somewhere in that commotion, we start convincing ourselves that we simply can’t do certain things. We fall into the mindset that we don’t have specific “skills”, “personality”, or “experience” to achieve. As I confided in my mentor about my troubles and fears, she stopped me and said to remember to give grace, not just to others, but to yourself. We should all be our number 1 fans because there is so much beauty in honoring yourself, from that moment, it’s a daily practice in my business and my life.

CitS: What is one of your favorite things about Tucson?
VB: My absolute favorite thing about Tucson is our way of life. We have the busyness of course, the hustle and bustle if you want it, but when you get down to it, we are just a bunch of desert dwellers enjoying life and wearing comfortable clothes while doing it! (haha) I guess I particularly identify with the comfy clothes, I mean, life is too short for my feet to hurt. But what I really mean is there isn’t too much pressure to quickly launch to the next level…and then the next level, and then cross the finish line of achievement. Life isn’t a contest, you don’t lose points for taking the scenic route to complete A, B and C. I really appreciate that realness within our community.

CitS: What would people be surprised to know about you?
VB: I never went to college. Yep, I was actually a pretty un-enthusiastic student most my life. My desire to create and envision has always been strong, and my ability to focus on topics I cared nothing about was well, pretty non- existent. So, I took a less traditional journey to get where I am today. I explored personalities , I explored art, I explored marketing and “corporate politics” all by diving into my artistry as a Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, and Designer of many things. You don’t have to look too hard to realize that if you listen well, work hard, and have great intention, you can really achieve most anything.


CitS: What is something you wish more people knew about Tucson?

VB:We are so much more than scorching heat waves, I meet new people every day in my salon and its shown me that Tucson has a lot of heart. The people I meet in my chair are such unique and admirable human beings. Perhaps it’s the way of life, maybe even the cost of living that helps lower stress, but something about this community is so supportive and kind. Each time I meet someone new with wisdom and heart, it makes me fall in love with this city even more. It really is unlike any other place I’ve lived.

CitS: What makes Studio 110 different from other salons in Tucson?

VB: I don’t measure my success by dollar signs, or status, what’s important to me is the influence I have on others in this life. Studio 110 was built under the commitment to two intentions. To offer a calm and quality experience to our clients, and to provide stylists with a healthy work environment with true community, support, and most of all kindness. The space is thoughtfully designed to provide a relaxing and welcoming impression to every client. No more factory lines, no more rushed service, we are truly combining the love of good hair and need for quality time. Studio 110 also functions as an independent community, the salon provides opportunity to exercise pride in ownership, individual artistry, offerings, and time. But more importantly, we pledge to the participation and practice of community, grace, and kindness to all who step foot within our salon. Studio 110 Salon has my heart and an intention worthy creating for.


CitS: What advice would you give someone who wants to start their own business?

VB: The most important thing a person should ask themselves before launching a business, is WHY? Why are you creating your business? My belief is that the beginning of a business is an extension of the creator. If you don’t know who you are, your business will lack the most memorable thing about it, its identity. When you build your intention, and then create your business, success organically follows.

Don’t miss out on Vanessa Baird’s next move- follow her on Instagram @mrs_baird or check out her blog!



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