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Alli Webb – Talking “No Cuts, No Color, Just Blow-Outs” as the Founder of Drybar and Co-Founder of Squeeze

Alli Webb on She's Got Moxie with Joy Chudacoff

Drum roll please! We’re celebrating our 100th Episode of ‘She’s Got Moxie!’ And…I’ve got the perfect guest to share with you! Alli Webb!

It all started with her curly hair and a huge hole in the marketplace. This woman is a DISRUPTER.

After spending 15 years as a professional hairstylist, Alli left the professional hair industry in 2005 to start a family, but decided to find a way to continue pursuing the creative side of hairstyling at a new-mom pace. She began offering affordable in-home blowout services to her mommy friends and the demand was so great, she realized it was time to park her car and build what’s become a blockbuster success – The Drybar.

***On opening day (during a recession no less) there was a line out the door. She knew she was on to something.

Nearly a decade later and over 150 locations across the U.S., Alli Webb’s genius Drybar concept has exploded into a nationally recognized and highly sought-after brand.

Alli has been named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, featured on Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, Marie Claire’s “Most Fascinating Women” and recently Inc. magazine recognized her as one of “The 100 Women Building America’s Most Innovative and Ambitious Businesses.” She’s also been featured on Shark Tank and hosts her own podcast with her brother & business partner Michael, “Raising the Bar.”

 

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We learned that we really need to talk to locals and make sure we really understand how the community works.” – Alli Webb

Show Notes:

  • How she went from a mobile blow-dry business to a brick & mortar with lines out the door on opening day
  • Lessons learned about growth & scaling from one store to over 150
  • How Drybar makes decisions when choosing locations and cities to open in
  • Her biggest CHALLENGE as Drybar has grown
  • Why slowing down is sometimes better than speeding up
  • Alli talks openly about the difficulty of giving up control in order to grow
  • Alli’s perspective on healing from her recent breakup with her husband of 16 years
  • How her newest venture, Squeeze, came about – she saw another big hole in the marketplace
  • The advice Alli disagrees with when it comes to entrepreneurship
  • Why it’s key to get comfortable with “leaping not knowing where you’ll land”
  • Why there’s no such thing as certainty – stop looking for it
  • What she didn’t allow early on and it was a hard lesson to learn

You have get comfortable with leaping and not knowing where you're going to fall. And I think that's part of the beauty of it.” – Alli Webb

Links Mentioned:

  • Connect with Alli Webb:

The Drybar | The Drybar – Instagram | Squeeze Massage | Squeeze – Instagram | Alli Webb – Instagram

You can't be great for anybody else, if you're not great for yourself first.” – Alli Webb