The first time we met Emily Askin, we were taken by her ability to swoop in and create something fabulous. From the masterful make-up and hair styling she does, to the salon she opened in Squirrel Hill.
Emily is a ray of sunshine, bringing light and beauty to everything she touches. We love her so much, that we just had to share her fabulosity with you at the Style Summit.
Emily is bringing the Tula Organic team for an afternoon of hair styling, make-up touch ups, and magical chair massages.
Introduce yourself and your business as if you were speaking from the cockpit.
Ahoy, ladies and gents! This is your captain speaking, Emily Askin, Hair and Makeup Artist and co-owner of Tula Organic Salon and Spa. I am writing this from my beauty bungalow in Squirrel Hill as a wrap up another day of making Pittsburgh more beautiful.
How do you show your personality through your style? How does your style relate to your business?
I feel my style and personality work in tandem. They really inform each other. I think that's why personal style can be so fun. And probably why I love the beauty business. One day, you can channel a sassy secretary, and the next you can peace out like a hippie chick. I try to encourage my clients to embrace change and have more fun with their looks. And that ability and desire to transform, really lends itself handy when I work on set for commercials and photo shoots.
If you could name a nail polish color after yourself or your business, what would it be?
It would be called 'Good Day Sunshine' and it would be a warm golden-yellow color. Yellow isn't exactly my favorite color, but it symbolizes happiness and positivity and fun--and I strive for that in my everyday life.
Not all flights are smooth. Tell us about how you handle turbulence in your business.
I find that staying positive is key in navigating the tough roads in life. I definitely make an effort to look on the bright side of things, and I think my ability to remain optimistic and maintain a can-do attitude keep me afloat in otherwise tumultuous circumstances.
Who is the wind beneath your wings?
I'm sure you hear this a lot, but definitely my mother. She is and has always been my biggest supporter and cheerleader. When I decided to go to the Aveda Institute to study cosmetology, I was worried she'd be disappointed that I was changing my career path. Instead, she was immediately 100% on board and continues to see my talent and drive and encourages me every step of the way.
Advice to other women as they navigate the business world?
Remember that you can do anything you set your mind to do. Never apologize for your accomplishments: celebrate them! And only take yes for an answer. No is just a detour on the way to yes!