WHS grad launches hair salon biz at 22, gives entrepreneurial tips for success


Christina Taylor is only 22 years old, but the Westfield High School graduate has already launched her own business.

Christina Taylor, left, with her mom Denise. Taylor owns Urban Studio, to open in January. Her mother will work out of the space. (Submitted photo)

Taylor originally thought her future was in teaching, but after attending college and reconsidering her passions, she pursued hair styling and cosmetology, something she’s always loved.

Taylor is enrolled at Aveda Frederic’s Institute. When she completes her cosmetology license, her mother, Denise, will be her mentor.

In January, Taylor will open Urban Studio in the Nora neighborhood of Indianapolis. She and her mom will occupy the space. They will recruit two other stylists to work out of the available suites.

Taylor drew much of her inspiration and courage from her aunt who recently passed away.

“My family needed something positive to bring us together and work at, and I definitely wanted to find a way to be investing in my future,” the Westfield resident said. “This is in honor of my aunt who died earlier this year, and she loved people and making people feel loved. For a salon, that’s such a good mission, to make people feel beautiful and loved and perfect. It’s a good homage to her life.”

Taylor said one of the things she’s most excited about is working with her mom.

“That’s the dream because my mom is my best friend,” she said.

Although the salon will open next month, Taylor won’t work out of the space until August, when she receives her cosmetology license.

Taylor said mentors and role models play a huge role behind the decision to invest in a business.

“When you’re young, you have to be willing to do a lot of self-education, take advantage of your resources,” Taylor said. “If you find people who are eager to help you, it’s good to have mentors. School has taught me a lot, too. Invest in your future, invest in school. Put that time in.”

To learn more, email Taylor at hairbychristinaafi@yahoo.com.