Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. USA
They belong to…
Krista Depeyrot, I am a DC native, 47 years old.
I am a Master Haircolorist and I co-own Salon Bisoux with my husband. We will soon celebrate 6 years of owning our own business. I am a mother of three boys-all teenagers. My husband and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage this year.
What it’s like to walk in her shoes for a day…
Things have changed a lot over the years. If I was answering this when our children were young, it was much more frenzied trying to get everybody ready, take a shower with a baby carrier just outside the shower door, and running in every direction trying to make it to the salon we worked in downtown DC, rushing to make it home to take over for the au pair or nurse one of our boys. Things are smoother now having chosen to open our business only a mile from our home. The boys are older and capable of taking care of themselves in the mornings, and one of our boys is already at a university.
I try to get up early enough to squeeze in a meditation, sit down and have coffee for a 10-15 minutes while going through emails and maybe have time for a workout or to walk the dogs. I may make breakfast for everybody, always pack our lunch for work, and often do my makeup in the car. I still go tearing out the door too close to my start time, but that is a challenge I am working on – trying to be early for things rather than feeling harried.
My husband and I manage the business together. I am in charge of the financials, payroll, a lot of the staff planning, and projections/ordering etc. I make time for that in addition to taking clients throughout the week and it’s a balancing act. I take clients four days a week, between 8-16 a day coloring hair. I love touching base with our guests and doing hair.
After work behind my chair, I wrap up things in the office and go home. Our boys are pretty self-sufficient. I check that chores were done, find out how their days were and finishing dinner. One of the things we figured out when we tried to find some work/life balance is that I cannot handle everything and maintain a sense of self. I felt martyred because too much fell on my shoulders. We have someone who comes in four hours a day four days a week to do laundry, clean up the morning dishes and do some food prep for dinner. We eat very clean and that requires a lot of home cooking. This gives me a little freedom to drive for any afternoon activities with the kids, focus on meal planning and generally to lighten the load. We try to eat together as a family if the evening activities allow for it. After dinner my husband takes over cleaning up the kitchen. We settle in sometimes reading, binge watching an occasional show, or hanging on the front porch if the weather is good. Sometimes we see friends, but less often than we would both like. I go to bed earlier than my husband, around 10, so I can start the day earlier. Somewhere in there I fit in about 5 workouts a week.
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