Interview with Lisa Grain

by Tom White
  1. Lisa, your journey from orthodontist to businesswoman is truly remarkable. Can you share with us what inspired this transition and led you to pursue your passion for hair care with French Barrelettes? My transition from orthodontist to entrepreneur was motivated by a desire to blend my passion for aesthetics with my entrepreneurial spirit. Growing up with the “Sunday night hair salon” tradition instilled in me a deep appreciation for hair care and beauty. However, my frustration in sourcing quality hair rollers led me to embark on a mission to create something better, thus French Barrelettes was born. It’s been a journey fueled by the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to bringing innovation to the hair care industry.
  1. Your impeccable taste and attention to detail were evident in your daughter’s wedding featured in Vogue. How do you balance your personal style with staying current with fashion trends? Thank you for the kind words. Balancing personal style with current trends is about staying true to oneself while being open to evolution. I find inspiration from various sources, including art, architecture, and nature. By infusing timeless elegance with modern elements, I aim to create a style that resonates with my personal aesthetic and the contemporary fashion landscape.


  1. Attending high-profile events like the Met Gala must have provided unique insights into fashion and style. How do these experiences influence your approach to your own personal style? Events like the Met Gala offer a glimpse into the cutting edge of fashion and style. They inspire me to push boundaries and experiment with new looks while staying authentic to my own sense of style. These experiences remind me of the power of fashion to express individuality and make a statement.
  1. Your recent viral street-style interview garnered a lot of attention. What was that experience like, and how has it influenced your perspective on fashion and self-expression? The viral street-style interview was a whirlwind experience that reaffirmed the impact of personal style and self-expression. It highlighted the importance of staying true to oneself while embracing the freedom to express individuality through fashion. It reinforced my belief that fashion is a form of art and self-expression that transcends boundaries and connects people from all walks of life.
  1. Let’s talk about French Barrelettes. What inspired you to venture into the hair care industry, and how does this new business reflect your passions and values? French Barrelettes was inspired by my personal journey and the desire to create a product that combines innovation with family tradition. It reflects my passion for beauty, attention to detail, and commitment to excellence. Into this venture, I infused my family tradition of nurturing a commitment to healthy hair and self-care paying homage to my “Sunday night hair salon” sessions growing up. I aim to share a piece of my history with the world while providing high-quality hair care solutions.


  1. Your family traditions seem to play a significant role in your life. How do these traditions inspire your creativity and influence your approach to business? Family traditions serve as a source of inspiration and grounding for me. They remind me of my roots and values shaping my approach to life and business. By infusing personal touches and familial influences into my ventures, I aim to create authentic, meaningful products and experiences that reflect my upbringing.
  1. As a tastemaker in various aspects of life, how do you envision French Barrelettes shaping the future of hair care? French Barrelettes aims to redefine hair care standards by marrying tradition with innovation. We envision a future where beauty is synonymous with quality, sustainability, and authenticity. By prioritizing the needs and preferences of our customers, we strive to set new benchmarks in the industry and inspire others to embrace their unique beauty.
  1. With French Barrelettes, you’re not just launching a product; you’re sharing a piece of your family’s tradition. How important is it for you to infuse personal touches into your business ventures? Infusing personal touches into my business ventures is paramount to me. It allows me to share my story, connect with customers on a deeper level, and create products that resonate with them emotionally. By honoring my family’s tradition through French Barrelettes, I aim to not only provide exceptional hair care solutions but also inspire others to cherish their heritage and celebrate their uniqueness.
  1. Launching a new business can be daunting. What lessons have you learned from your previous experiences that you’re applying to this new chapter with French Barrelettes? Throughout my journey as an orthodontist and entrepreneur, I’ve learned the importance of perseverance, resilience, and adaptability. I’ve discovered that success often requires taking calculated risks, staying true to one’s vision, and embracing challenges as opportunities for growth. These lessons have been instrumental in shaping my approach to French Barrelettes and navigating the complexities of launching a new business.


  1. Your philanthropic endeavors are commendable. Can you share how French Barrelettes aligns with your values and goals to make a positive impact? French Barrelettes is not only a business venture but also a platform for giving back and making a positive impact. We are committed to supporting causes that align with our values of education, empowerment, and community development. By donating a portion of our proceeds to philanthropic initiatives, we aim to create meaningful change and inspire others to do the same.
  1. The name “French Barrelettes” evokes a sense of elegance and sophistication. What inspired the name, and how does it reflect the essence of your brand? The name “French Barrelettes” was inspired by my quest to create a product that embodies elegance, sophistication, and timeless beauty. It pays homage to the old classic bouffant hairstyles and the French tradition of style and craftsmanship while infusing a modern twist. The name reflects the essence of our brand, which is rooted in heritage, quality, and innovation.
  1. As you prepare to unveil French Barrelettes to the world, what message do you hope to convey about beauty, authenticity, and self-care?  With French Barrelettes, we hope to convey a message of empowerment, self-expression, and self-care. We believe that beauty is not just about appearance but also about confidence, authenticity, and embracing one’s uniqueness. Our products are designed to enhance natural beauty, promote self-confidence, and inspire individuals to celebrate their individuality.
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