Samira Heydari from Fe Hair and Beauty


Tell us about your role and your business…


My name is Samira Heydari and I own and work as a beauty therapist at Fé Hair and Beauty in Connaught Village. As well as seeing clients on a day to day basis, I am also responsible for the day to day running of the business. 



What inspired you to choose a career in beauty?


I’ve always been excited by the creative industries and started my career as a film and fashion make up artist before doing a degree at University in Interior Architecture. I also trained as a beauty and massage therapist. I’ve always wanted to learn different skill sets and eventually decided to use the skills I had learnt in order to set up my own hair, make up and beauty business as that's where my true passion was. 



Based on your own experience, what advice would you have for women wanting to get into your industry, or start a business of their own?


I hadn’t quite envisaged what it meant to run a customer facing business when I first opened the salon. The experience of having your own business ranges from being utterly stressful to utterly exhilarating. It’s incredibly rewarding being in the hair and beauty business knowing that you’re making others feel and look good. It’s also incredibly rewarding when you have an amazing team you work with that carry that vision with you. My advice to those that want to start their own business is to understand that your business will require a 100% commitment for it to succeed. Not one day will pass where your focus and attention is not on the business. But, for anyone that’s willing to put in the hard work and dedication, I can promise that it will be one of the most rewarding and exhilarating things you’ll ever do. As my father once said, if running a business was straightforward then the whole world would be doing it. Be prepared to put in 100% and the rewards you gain will make it all worthwhile. I’ve not called in sick in over 20 years and that has a lot to do with the fact that when you’re running your own business, you need to show up 100% every day. 



What does International Women’s Day and this year's theme ‘Break the Bias’ mean to you?


International Women's Day is something that needs to be globally celebrated. In my opinion, women have the responsibility of having to put 100% into both their careers and family life, and it takes a strong woman to be able to give their all to both. Women should be celebrated for the fact that they manage to run all aspects of their lives seemingly effortlessly whereas the truth is it’s a constant juggling act. Break the Bias speaks of our world now where there is zero tolerance for discrimination. We all have a place on this beautiful planet and everyone should be treated with equal amounts of dignity and respect. 



What are the plans for your business in Connaught Village?


After the upheaval of the last 2 years, I’ve really learnt the importance of focusing on each day as it comes. My plan is as it has been, and that is to provide a welcoming and professional service to both the amazing community in Connaught Village as well as London. 



Which women have inspired you most throughout your life?


I've always been inspired by those women that have the strength to continue no matter what life throws at them. The type of woman that knows her goals in life and works towards them no matter how hard the journey is. 



What do you love most about being positioned in Connaught Village?


Connaught Village is like no other area in London. There is a deep sense of community and inclusiveness here that both business owners and residents are proud to be a part of. We are one of London’s best kept secrets and it’s so lovely to hear new visitors to the village speaking of how they never knew such a wonderful place existed behind the hustle and bustle of Edgware Road.


My name is Samira Heydari and I own and work as a beauty therapist at Fé Hair and Beauty in Connaught Village.