August 2020 Feature Story: Elissa Zehr

Elissa Zehr | Hair Stylist | Hair by Elissa

Lauren Harrienger Photography

Elissa is a rockstar! I met Elissa at our most recent styled photoshoot in Syracuse, NY and she was an absolute gem!

We had to postpone this styled shoot 5 times and were constantly in search of new vendors because the new dates weren't available for our original vendors. Elissa stepped in as our hair stylist and I'm so glad she did.

Not only did she style our models hair, she also stepped up and offered to help in other areas. She was a true rockstar and a valued vendor in this industry. Her drive and passion for what she does is amazing. It's always so nice to work with vendors who are willing to help out in other areas at any event even if it's not their specialty or job! It's a breathe of fresh air to meet people like Elissa. I can't wait to work with her again in the future.

Enjoy her story below.

Tell us about yourself - Where are you from and what did you wish to be when you grew up?

I’m from Adams, NY but am now living in Cicero NY. I’ve always wanted to do hair, but got a college degree first, and then went back to peruse hair. When I’m not doing a hair, I’m being a wife, and a mom to 2 little boys (1 1/2 and 4 1/2).

What brought you to where you are today?

Hard work and determination have gotten me to where I am today, being willing to start at the bottom and work my way up!

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What do you do professionally?

I’m a hair stylist! My main focus is bridal and hair extensions! Transformations are my thing!

What is the number one struggle you find in owning and running a business?

One of my main struggles is saying “no”... I love challenging myself, and usually try and go above and beyond, but sometimes I need to say no, and take time for myself, so I don’t get run down.

What does a day at work look like?

My days are full of movement and conversation! Not only am I a hairdresser, I’m a listening ear. When you’re behind the chair, you’re not only a hairstylist, but you turn into a therapist, you listen, you give advice, and hopefully, people leave your chair feeling way better than they did when they enter the salon.