Welcome to Mompreuner Monday, where we introduce you to a Mom-based businesses in Lake County. This month we are introducing you to Cali of Cali Parisi Laursen Artistry.
This momma is the momma all little girls want as their momma. What little girl doesn’t love make-up?
As a young girl, Cali would sit and watch her mom complete her morning routine of putting on her make-up and fixing her hair. Fascinated, she longed for the day she would be old enough to wear make-up. A few years later a family friend gave her the opportunity to help out in their hair salon, and lo and behold, the seed of birth for Cali Parisi Laursen was born. As a wife and a mother, Cali is a master juggler. I was lucky enough to chat with Cali about her business and was able to ask the questions that everyone is asking.
The most difficult part about getting my salon business up and running is having enough time to focus on it 110%. Since I started doing hair, I have always had part time jobs on the side to help me financially get my business going. When I first started in the hair industry, I was working for Estee Lauder and Clinique to help with income. I realized my love for makeup while working for these companies, along with freelancing for MAC Cosmetics. Throughout the years I was a bartender and waitressed as well to help supplement income until my business was profiting enough to be able to just have one job. The last two years I have been focusing solely on building my salon business.
My biggest challenge is finding balance between work and home. I love my career so much and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. On the other hand, my husband, Jonas and my 20-month old Sofia are my heart and soul. I find myself juggling both and it can be very stressful. I lost my father at a young age and I always promised myself that when I had a family they would come first, then my work, and I forget about that sometimes. So it is a struggle to balance it but we have been working on “shutting off” phones and computers when we are home and just enjoy each other while away from work. My husband is a very patient and understanding man and he knows how much my work means to me so he helps me out a ton at home.
What makes my business unique is that I cater to the whole family. From haircuts for the kids, to color, facial waxing and Brazilian blowouts for moms, to mens camo color and haircuts for dad. I am a full service salon.
Hmmmmm…… gnocchi! I LOVE Italian food and my mom’s cooking is the best. I grew up eating gnocchi and it’s still my absolute favorite food.
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