This is Megan Smith-Watson. She is a mom, wife and also hard working, talented business owner/hairstylist here in Charlottesville. You may be familiar with her salon–Hair Smith & Co–which has recently moved into a gorgeous new location–designed by Megan and truly a piece of artistic heaven! It was apparent pretty quickly from my interactions with Megan that she is one tough cookie with an amazing eye for style–and full of passion for what she does! Enjoy her interview!
Megan, tell us a little bit about yourself…
I moved to the Charlottesville area, kicking and screaming at age 12.Thirty-one years later, with a short jaunt in L.A. and NYC, I proudly call it home. I am a hairstylist of 23 years and have been
flexing my business owner muscles the last two plus years as the founder of HairSmith and Co. In March we moved into a beautiful new space and grew from 3 chairs to 9. Every day, I try to be the best Mom, Wife, Friend, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Community Member, I can–and allow myself some grace in the moments I don’t hit the mark.
us: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
her: My 5 year old decided he didn’t want the bowl of cereal he requested, so I ate that and two fried eggs.
us: Does pineapple belong on pizza?
her: If it sounds like the most delicious thing in the moment, then yes, it does.
us: Do you sleep in your socks?
her: My feet get cold in the winter.
us: What’s your go-to midnight snack?
her: I try to stick to the no eating after 8pm rule.
us: Mountains or beach?
her: A beach with mountains.
us: Current favorite song?
her: I wouldn’t say its my favorite, but “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles is stuck in my head and has been for days.
us: Salty or sweet?
her: Chocolate. Always Chocolate.
us: Pet peeve?
her: Slurping, not packing the dishwasher correctly, and wasted food.
us: Room entrance song:
her: I don’t know about an entrance song but I have really been loving listening to George Michael right now and in particular the song Freedom from Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1.
us: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
her: I love to travel and believe I have not visited my ultimate favorite place yet. Of the places I have been to I really love Maine. I want to own a little shack there, on the water.
us: What’s your favorite room in your house?
her: We just built a house last year and I have to say the master bath is my favorite. The tile makes me smile and the heated floors are so nice especially in the winter when my feet are cold.
us: Who has been the most influential woman in your life?
her: I don’t think I can pick one. I come from a family of strong women: My maternal grandmother, my mom, sister and sister in laws, aunts and my cousin. All have had influences on how I parent, run a business, build my relationships, value family, lean into my creativity….Then there are my friends, the tribe of women that hold me up and also make me accountable and call me out on my shit.
us: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
her: Not sure if she is my accomplishment, but I am really proud of our daughter, Marley. She is kind, funny and smart. She gets anxious about new things but tries them anyway and as she is getting older she is realizing what kind of values she holds dear in her relationships, like communication and authenticity. I never had that awareness when I was 16. I am in awe of her.
us: If you could give your younger self a single piece of advice, what would it be?
her: Don’t spend your hard earned money on trendy clothes and shoes that look good but feel terrible and instead take it and go on more adventures.
us: Can you tell me about a challenge that you’ve overcome?
her: All I will say about personal challenges is that it takes a village to help you put one foot in front of the other and when they show up, you let them help.
us: Favorite Quote?
her: “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” –Liz Taylor
us: Where do you find your inspiration?
her: People. I have a very special job that gifts me the opportunity to connect with many people every day that I am behind the chair. I love hearing their stories, their thoughts on this and that, what projects they are working, their new discoveries etc.
us: Any embarrassing nicknames we should know about?
her: My dad and some of my brothers call me Megaton or Ton for short.
us: Any hidden talents we should know about?
her: I take appointments every 45 minutes, after 23 years of that I can tell you what time it is without looking at the clock , because I used to existing in 45 min. increments.
us: What are you most thankful for?
her: Right now. Time is not guaranteed so I try to be thankful for the moments.
us: What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?
her: I love that it’s a town of small businesses and entrepreneurs
Quarantine Specific Additions:
us: Tell us one lesson you’ve learned during your quarantine experience?
her: Learn to pivot. It will keep you sane.
us: Favorite show to binge watch?
her: Schitts Creek
us: Favorite local business to support during quarantine?
her: All of them. As a local business owner, I have consciously been trying to support one or two a week. This week is was Orzo, Derriere De Soie, Ragged Mountain Running Shop and Flavor Catering.
us: Have you taken on new hobbies or discovered a new talent during this time
us: What one thing you can’t live without right now?
Thanks for sharing with us Megan!