Diane Travis From Tres Bon Beauty
Interviewed by Alyssa Laube
About: Meet Diane Travis, the owner of “The Local Hair and Beauty Salon That’s Making Sweet Social Connections,” Tres Bon Beauty. For more information on Tres Bon Beauty, visit http://www.tresbonbeauty.com/
How would you describe your past experience with the Art World Expo?
This is my 3rd yr. at Art World Expo, Last year, I had business from it and it was worth it financially for me.
How did you get started and trained in beauty?
I entered hairdressing school the year I graduated from high school. I trained at Comer and Doran Hairdressing Method in New Westminster. I upgraded skills by taking many colour courses, seminars and conferences along the way.
Did you know instantly that you wanted to pursue it?
I believe I was born to be a hairstylist. After constantly looking to comb my mother’s and grandmother’s hair and begging my mom to buy more makeup, the family said-I think she’s going to be a hairdresser! And the rest is history!
At Tres Bon Hair & Beauty, you emphasize interacting personally with clients. Is there a reason for this, or is it simply in your nature?
I am personal by nature, but the reason I like to interact helps me to create the best result for their lifestyle. I help take the stress out of beauty for them.
Other than personal service, what makes Tres Bon different from other salons?
Tres Bon creates a smaller space where clients can relax and feel pampered.
How did your childhood, family, and hometown influence your work?
My childhood taught me hard work, good values, and the importance of family.
You offer a variety of services. What do you consider your specialty?
My favourite service is what I call “The Petite Makeover” – Ladies cut/color/few hi-lites/style and easy makeup.
How have you developed as a professional?
I would say that personal and professional are one in business. I consider personal growth essential to be able to give people the service they absolutely need and want. I still do what I do, just change the way services are given.
As someone with experience, do you have any words of advice for new business owners?
My advice to new business owners: follow your passion and talk about it clearly and simply. Define your uniqueness, and ask for what you need and help others. You cannot do it alone! Make your life easier, not harder. And have a wonderful time!
What is your favorite (and least favorite) thing about working in beauty?
I get to make people look good and feel good. My least favourite thing is the client who doesn’t get it!
Do you have a favorite memory from working with Tres Bon Hair & Beauty?
My favourite memory is the story, the many stories, but the many compliments I get regarding how I make them feel and look. This is why I do what I do.