MEET: Megan Dawes
Megan is a dear friend of mine and is sweet enough to model some of my vintage wares from time to time. She is the owner of The Victory Parlor, an absolutely adorable little shop in downtown Herrin, Illinois, as well as one of the cosmetologists there. One of my favorite things about Meg is her infectious optimism and sense of humor. Meg is one of those people that is full of love and happiness at all times and it’s hard to resist her enthusiasm and laughter. Not only is Meg a total sweetheart – she runs a business (which I’m learning is no easy feat) and has been cosmetologist and self-love advocate for six years, and she’s only 24-years old! Not to mention, she’s the only person that my extremely picky 15-year-old will allow to touch her hair!
Salon owner and cosmetologist at The Victory Parlor.
What is your favorite vintage style?
I love 1940’s pinup style.
Who was your first style icon?
Who is your current inspiration?
How would you describe your personal style?
A mix of several different eras with my own twist.
What is something that you love about yourself?
I’m very ambitious! I set goals and then I make it happen.
Do you have a self-love moment to share with us?
Opening my own salon when I was only 23! It was a lot of hard work, but I knew it was what I wanted to do so I put in the work that was needed. It has been very rewarding.
What is the one thing that you really splurge on for yourself?
Whatever catches my eye! It could be clothing, jewelry, or food. I like rewarding myself for my hard work.
What is one way that you work to improve yourself?
Yoga was new territory for me and truly changed how I viewed my health. It’s an excellent way to keep stress down and to clear my head.
How do you practice daily self-care?
Most days at work, you’ll catch me in something cute and comfy without any makeup on. I think it’s extremely important working in my industry to show women that you don’t have to look like a barbie all of the time.
How do you help other women to embrace their own self-love?
I have been a licensed cosmetologist for going on six years. I’ve performed everything from makeup applications, to waxing, to hair transformations, to nails over the years. Opening my shop up has allowed me to reach out to individuals that are going through a struggle, which is my favorite way to help. We are always donating services to charity events and to those who really need a pick-me-up, regardless if money is an issue or not. The most rewarding feeling is bringing a smile to someone’s face and watching their confidence when they feel and look good.