Founder & CEO / Kristin Fisher Eyebrows
In the wake of International Women’s Day, we decided to continue the conversation by chatting to Kristin Fisher, a truly inspirational biz owner that continues to smash that glass ceiling in life and in her career.
From humble beginnings growing up in Perth, (and tweezing her girlfriends eyebrows at boarding school.) Kristin has built a luxe cult business, taking care of the countries most famous faces. In this #careerstory Kristin tells us how she got her start in Sydney, what her first salon looked like, (Hint, it’s anything but glamourous!) and how she grew her business into the brow destination of Australia.
Partnering with Bumble Australia, Kristin has recently joined forces with other leading Australian female entrepreneurs including Lorna Jane Clarkson of Lorna Jane, and former corporate lawyer Sarah Holloway of podcast Seize the Yay, to celebrate female professional success stories, encouraging all Australians to call out a woman they see as a Tall Poppy and celebrate her on social media.
There is no stopping Kristin Fisher.
Hi Kristin, welcome to The Cool Career. Can you tell us where you grew up and how your experience shaped the person you are, and the career that you are in today?
I grew up in Broome, Western Australia, which meant I have had quite a down to earth
upbringing. Coming from a small town, it has always been embedded in me to not take life
to seriously and always stay true to your roots. Some of the best memories of my life are
from my childhood in Broome.
Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?
I attended boarding school in Perth at St Mary’s Anglican Girls School. It was such a beautiful time in my life – I made friends with girls from all over Western Australia. The friendships I made here are some of the most special relationships I have, and we are still all so close to this day. Spending school holidays and boarders’ weekends with my friends’ families on their farms and in other rural towns in Western Australia was so special. My boarding school friends are like family to me.
Did your high school play an important role in helping you choose your further education and future career?
Yes, definitely. I used to take my tweezers to school with me and do all my friends’ brows on our lunch break. Being at an all-girls school meant I had all different shaped faces to work with and so many people to be my “clients”. I remember one night in particular at the boarding house where I tried my hand at being a hairdresser… let’s just say it didn’t end up as well as I’d hoped, and I can happily say I will not be pursuing my hairdressing career.
Haha, so you were literally born on the tools! Did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
Yes, I did. I worked at a beauty counter at David Jones which taught me very quickly that although I loved all things beauty, I was more suited to services rather than sales.
Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses
that you studied and why you chose them?
I went to Beauty College and received my Diploma in Beauty Therapy when I was 17 (almost 18) Since then I have done multiple brow tattoo courses and will continue to learn until I
physically can’t any longer!
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
When I first left beauty college I worked at a beauty salon in Perth for 12 months before opening up my own business at the age of 19. The business was predominantly a body waxing clinic, and before lasering was the big thing. I would do upwards of 50 Brazilians a week and then eventually worked my way up the body to eyebrows.
I had that business for 5 years and sold it when I moved to Sydney at the age of 24 to follow my dreams further. I then met my gorgeous friend Leigh Campbell, who was at the time the Beauty Editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine, who scored me a job as the counter Manager at the Benefit Brow Bar. Benefit taught me so much about brows and I will be forever grateful for the experience I had with them. I have worked hard throughout my career and it’s exciting to be able to take a moment celebrate my success this International Women’s Day by partnering with Bumble and encouraging other Australian women to do the same!
How did you get into the job that you are in now?
After working for Benefit for 6 months, I worked at another brow salon for a short while before being introduced to Pip Edwards. She suggested I come to Sass & Bide and do all of the girls’ brows in head office. I then began my mobile brow business driving around in my Hyundai Getz to different female dominant offices doing their brows, including Cosmopolitan Magazine and Napoleon Perdis. From there I opened a small studio inside my husband’s old, tiny, run down gym and this is where the Kristin Fisher Eyebrows journey began! I am now operating out of my fourth KFE salon as the business keeps expanding and growing which, I am immensely proud of.
WOW! such a good trajectory Kristin. What is the hardest part of your role at KFE?
Managing my work life balance. It’s tricky but it’s doable! I have a very loving, supportive
hands on husband who is one of the main reasons I can do it all.
What does a typical business day look like for you at KFE?
After the morning rush of making school lunches and school drop off, I arrive at my salon in
Double Bay. A couple of years ago my weeks would have been back-to-back with clients every day, however these days I do 2-3 days of clients and spend the rest of the week working on the back end of the business and planning my next move business wise… There is always a next move!
Behind the scenes at Kristin Fisher Eyebrows is quite busy, so I am needed there a lot although I do particularly love my days spent on clients. I love the bond and the friendship I form with my clients who over the years become true friends!
Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?
My parents! My Dad has the most amazing work ethic and values, which he instilled in all of
us from a young age. My Mum provided all of us with an abundance of love, support, and security. I couldn’t have asked for a better upbringing and am forever thankful that I had the humble, yet so supportive upbringing that I had.
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
Do as many courses as possible and educate yourself constantly. It is so important to stay up
to date with what is happening in the beauty industry and ensure your skills are at the top of
the game. I would also encourage you to back yourself and have the confidence to go after
your dreams and what you want to achieve, whatever that may be.
I love working with organisations that promote this message, and I’ve recently been inspired by Bumble’s mission to combat Tall Poppy Syndrome and encourage Australians to stand tall and be proud of their success.
What is your biggest career f*ck up? (Did you fall over in a job interview? Did you
accidentally email someone by accident?)
When I was at my first job out of beauty school, I had an unfortunate experience with a client I was booked with for a Brazilian Wax. I confidently applied wax to the area, not knowing that trimming was needed… let’s just say that the situation ended with me in tears and the owner needing to come in and save the day!
Kristin’s most valuable resource list!
- Favourite Websites: Moda Operandi, Mecca Cosmetica, Zimmerman, Adore Beauty.
- Name an Instagram Account that you can’t go a day without checking: Emily Weiss.
- Favourite Podcast: I have never listened to a podcast!
- Favourite Netflix Series: I am obsessed with the Handmaid’s Tale.
- Favourite all time book/s: Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,
Girl on the Train. I LOVE all Liane Moriarty books.
- People: My family, my friends and my gorgeous team of girls at KFE have always been
my go-to for inspiration.