Chelle started her career as a hairstylist in high school and opened her own salon in 2005 with 6 chairs and only two stylists. Urban Betty has grown into 24 stations with 20 stylists. Chelle, the owner, was awarded Philanthropist of the Year by Austin Fashion Week in 2014. Urban Betty supports several causes annually through donations and events such as collecting donations for Movember, and acting as a permanent drop-off location for Project Princess. Urban Betty helps support women fighting cancer by offering complimentary haircuts during October, and half-price throughout the year for those who wish to donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Chelle participated in Big Brothers and Sisters for two years as well as being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Austin Under 40 Awards for 2016. Urban Betty has received the Salon Growth and Best Practices award from Salon Today 200 for 5 consecutive years.
In continuing our chat I asked Chelle what her biggest challenge has been in her experience as a stylist and building a successful business. Learning not to care what others think, and learning to “stand in your own power” is something we all relate to. I’ll leave you with this quote shared by Chelle: “What you think of me is none of my business.”