Spotlight: Deborah Daquila


Meet Deborah Daquila (and her adorable dogs, Casey and Dakota). Deborah runs her own salon, Daquila Hair Color Studio, in East Liberty. Just like Deborah, her studio space is calming and friendly. (Bonus: the studio was designed by a female architect!)Deborah wasn't planning on handling the business side of her studio but when push came to shove, she rose to the challenge. With flying colors, to boot.

Read Deborah's great advice in her Q&A below!


Introduce yourself and your business as if you were speaking from the cockpit.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen! I'm Deborah Daquila, president of Daquila Hair Color Studio.

When did you earn your wings?
I am not sure that you ever earn your wings. A business has a life of it's own...always changing to grow. They say there are 3 levels of learning. You don't know what you don't know. You know what you don't know. And you know. I have found in 8 years of business that I continuously operate on all three levels.

If you could name a nail polish color after yourself or your business, what would it be?
Phoenix. A phoenix has the ability to be reborn from its own ashes.

Not all flights are smooth. Tell us about how you handle turbulence in your business.
First, breath deep and be calm. Assess the situation and do what you know to do and look at your long term goal to make the necessary decisions.

Who is the wind beneath your wings?
Because of my field, I have had the fortune of many women mentors. There are several that stand out in my mind. Gerri Mataya who owned Uptown Salon is the one who gave me the advice years ago when I was still a stylist working for someone else: "Every decision and action you take should lead you to your end goal." Also, I have had two women in finance, Gretchen Hart and Rebecca MacBlane who have helped me to open my business and continue to give me sound financial and employee advice. And then a million of my clients, most of whom are self-made women and the greatest resources to trouble shoot a problem.

Advice to other women as they navigate the business world?
Number 1: love what you do. It will be the only reason that you will put in the hours and take home the pay necessary to grow your business..and be happy. Educate yourself continuously to understand not just your field, but BUSINESS....I was a hairdresser who happened to become a businesswoman. The more I educate myself on business, the better my business becomes. And also, find great people to do the things you don't know and have no desire to know. Ex: a great accountant (if you never want to understand taxes, etc).