We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Resch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve been artistically inclined my entire life, and I was very lucky to have my family encourage it. My teenagedom was filled with Manic Panic and coloring my hair in the bathroom with a “Let’s see what happens” mentality. I struggled with social anxiety through high school so I never thought I would be working face-to-face with clients, but as soon as I toured the Aveda Institute I knew this was what I wanted to do. A robust education combined with an experimental mindset made for the base of an awesome career. When it comes to working behind the chair or on my business, I am all over it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The mission of Gold & Braid Salon is to create a welcoming space where my guests can receive cut and color services in a low chemical way so their health doesn’t need to be sacrificed for their beauty. As hairstylists, we touch chemicals with our bare hands every single day, and I wanted to make sure mine and my guests exposure to those chemicals is as minimal as possible. My favorite thing about my suite is that I only take one guest at a time so I can focus all my attention on each and every guest. Gone are the days of working on three people at a time! We get to catch up, play our favorite Netflix shows, or just enjoy the silence. Coming from a commission salon I was working alongside a lot of personalities with a lot of opinions, and the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be unapologetic. Embrace your differences. Once you make a change your guests notice the difference and will comment on how you’re glowing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend coming to The Woodlands I would have our itinerary planned out and emailed to them a week in advance. We’d for sure have to start one of our days getting coffee at Third Gen (and I’d make them try the turmeric latte) and walk around Market Street. There are so many nice shops there and depending on the time of year they always have live music or cute seasonal stuff happening! Then we could walk through WG Jones State Forest, since we’re in the area hit up Deacon Baldy’s for food trucks. Oh and Herb & Beet for lunch at some point so they can try the avocado beet toast! My mouth is drooling just thinking about it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have the best support system in the world! My friends and family always made it clear they never doubted me for a second and encouraged me to shoot for the stars. My business coach Britt Seva is to thank for building my business correctly, she and her team are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the business side of things!