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Young: One business dream that did come true

Many of us who may become entrepreneurs often do so at later stages in our lives through changes in our personal circumstances.

Embracing an interest, leaving employment, identifying captivating technology that we have created or stumbled upon from afar…the roots of an entrepreneurial pursuit can be imbedded from a myriad of sources.

But for today’s entrepreneurial story, I have discovered a young Okanagan entrepreneur who began his path at a very early age with much conviction.

Loyal Wooldridge, hair stylist extraordinaire, began his journey as an aspiring entrepreneur, believe it or not, right here in West Kelowna.

Wooldridge was born in Creston, where his father was an RCMP member in the Kootenay West detachment. The family moved to West Kelowna when he was eight years of age.

While a student at Mount Boucherie Secondary, Wooldridge recalled to me that he began to experience what has become his signature creative side—he felt a desire to take a cosmetology training program after his high school graduation.

In 2003, at 18 years of age, he graduated and knew at that crossroad in his life that he wanted launch his own venture.

But, he saw that happening only after he would spend what would be the next three years working in four different beauty salons to hone his craft and learn the entrepreneurial skills required to design and establish his own salon.

By 2006, Wooldridgewas was ready for the challenge of becoming a genuine entrepreneur. He  searched the Central Okanagan for a location.

He ultimately discovered that there was no salon at that time in North Glenmore, so he was fortunate to find an ideal location in the Glen Park Centre, which to me is one of the prettiest malls I have seen in the Central Okanagan area—feels cozy just being there walking amidst the shops.

So Wooldridge opened his new business to that environment in 2006, calling it Loyal Hair Therapy, and this young Okanagan Valley entrepreneur has never looked back since.

Wooldridge is very proud in his accomplishment as a purveyor of ultra-confidence, as he so aptly states, for those who choose to own their place in the world, control their own path and value their self-image as a reflection of their distinct identity.

He and his staff of six have worked hard over these past almost six years to create a salon “brand” with their standards of technical knowledge and performance excellence.

Loyal Hair Therapy is an entrepreneurial adventure that Wooldridge emphasizes is there for his clients to enjoy and hold on to their memorable experience of being treated in a professional, effective manner.

Wishing to give back to the Okanagan community for its business support, Wooldridge and his team partner with local non-profit organizations to promote awareness and provide beauty education tips to those in need and also accumulating funds with their passion for charity gala events.

Also, the salon hosts  its annual “high fashion” photo shoot providing the Loyal Hair Therapy team with an opportunity to work even better in a unified manner and create couture styling for their clients while in front of the camera lens.

But, Wooldridge is not an entrepreneur who can rest on his accumulated laurels of the past years —he must always challenge himself to the next level in his personal career and venture.

That being said, in confidence he whispered to me that his next level of entrepreneurial adventure is on the horizon, and you may expect resounding news about it during the next few months.

If you wish a skin and hair experience to enhance your own healthy lifestyle, you may wish to take a look at Wooldridge’s website at www.loyalhairtherapy.ca and schedule an introductory visit to his location at  112-1940 Kane Rd. in North Glenmore.

Tell him Joel sent you, the hair-challenged man who volunteered to be a hair model—and who had to pick Loyal Wooldridge up from the floor in his amusement.

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