Leiah grew up in a military family and her husband is Navy. They are currently based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Leiah is a talented hairstylist and she adds a unique twist to her business! She is the owner of Bloom Beauty Bar, located in Virginia Beach.
What made you decide this career path?
A passion for making women feel confident, learn to love themselves, put themselves first, selfcare is important. support local, small businesses, women owned, military spouses and more! So I’ve put all these together… the salon, bloom beauty bar- weddings, then the #youcanBLOOMwithus events- and the last of them I partnered up with my little sister Rachelle and we created “the leray box” which is a local Subscription box for Virginia & North Carolina
Where have you lived and what has been your favorite base so far?
San Diego with my husband, but I’m a military “brat” so other places as well. San Diego was my fav, cant beat the community or the weather. NAB.
What is the biggest challenge of being a military spouse and pursuing your career? I own 4 businesses. my main business houses them all. Oh, not to mention- about to release a podcast called, No competition, with my lovely friend, work wife, neighbor- Liz Darling!
so with all that being said…
I would have to say Inconsistency. Never knowing when I book a bride or an appointment or event… if I’m gonna have to scramble last minute to find daycare due to last minute trips, or crazy work schedules. Some of our events and weddings are out of state, so last minute makes it very “fun” to figure out!
What are your other hobbies?
I like to lift weights, camp, hike, being with my family, and helping women find themselves again.
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner?
My clients understand why my latest appointment is 2:30pm or why I don’t work in the chair on weekends- because my family comes first. Fortunately, with my husband’s job we get the choice if we want to move or not- so I never really had to just jump ship.
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business?
Don’t do Anything without signed documentation first… even with best friends.
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