We had the pleasure of visiting one of Portland’s most praised salons, Tribe Hair Studio. Nestled in the hip, swanky Northwest District, Tribe maintains a friendly, modern, and professional atmosphere with stylists to match. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with the woman behind this beloved Portland salon, Wendy Farjami. Wendy not only runs an extremely successful, creative, crowd-pleasing salon, she somehow musters up the energy to maintain an eventful and active lifestyle; and with a husband who plays flamenco guitar, and her dog winning beauty pageants, she is not the only one! Wendy and her team work together flawlessly to form a talented and inspiring “tribe.” We were incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to pick Wendy’s brain.E+E:What brought you to Portland?Wendy: I was only 21, living in Colorado, and just got in my car and headed west. I didn’t really have a good reason. I’m sure I chased a boy out.E+E: What’s your favorite thing about this city?Wendy: I am kind of a country bumpkin at heart. I’m still a city girl but I was born into a country family so it's nice that Portland fits all of my city needs but I can still go mountain biking, skiing, or to the beach in less than an hour! Portland is the perfect city for someone who loves the outdoors.E+E:When did you know you wanted to start your own salon?Wendy: Money has never been a big driving factor, I would rather be happy and comfortable in the workplace. I wanted to surround myself with talented people and personalities that worked well together...like a tribe, ya know? I wanted to achieve the family feeling that I hadn’t found in other places; not to say they weren’t great, but there was always a lack of passion. Every member of our team is so enthusiastic and it’s obvious they love what they do.E+E: What’s the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome by starting your own business?Wendy: Knowing your weaknesses and finding the right people that are willing and able to pick up some slack. I had a salon before Tribe in the same location which was kind of my trainer salon. Nothing matters as much as getting the right group of people. After finding a solid group, my husband acquired my business partner and we created Tribe together.
E+E: Working with your husband must be difficult. How do guys make it work?