Cozy Friedman shares her tips on becoming a successful female entrepreneur.
March is the month of International Women’s Day, with March 8th celebrating the political, economic, and social achievements of women around the world. Cozy Friedman opened her first Cozy’s Cuts for Kids salon on Madison Avenue in 1994 and has since opened three salons along with launching So Cozy Hair Care for Children, the first-ever “designer” line of hair care products geared towards kids. As a female entrepreneur who took a single, innovative idea and created both a business and a brand, she’s now dedicated to inspiring women to follow their entrepreneurial dreams. Today, sales for the Cozy Friedman ventures are $2 million a year.
Cozy Friedman on “The Hardest Step”
“The hardest step is the first one: believing in yourself enough to take the plunge,” Cozy Friedman says about becoming a female business owner. “For me, it helped to put in the time to do my homework and research, research, research. Before I got into my business, I worked in different children’s stores all around New York for two years to learn about the industry and also went to barber school to learn about cutting and styling hair,” according to Cozy Friedman.
Despite resistance from landlords that were reluctant to lease a space out to a young female without any retail experience, Cozy Friedman opened the first Cozy’s Cuts for Kids salon opened on Madison Avenue as the first salon dedicated to children’s hair.
“As an entrepreneur, you can never be afraid of rejection,” Cozy Friedman says about what propelled her to push ahead. “I’ve learned that there is no such thing as no—you just haven’t gotten to the yes yet.” Since her first successful store and following store openings and hair care product line launchings, she’s also published Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girl’s Hair to bring her two decades of hair experience to parents in the form of illustrated instructions and beautiful photos.
“I got a lot of invaluable advice and support from women around me when I started, and I’m passionate about doing the same for future business leaders,” Cozy Friedman says. Cozy has appeared on the panel of The Tory Burch Foundation’s Mentoring and Discussion for Women Entrepreneurs event, alongside other women such as Lauren Bush Lauren and Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, and is also a member of the WPO—Women Presidents Organization—that works to improve business conditions for female entrepreneurs. She has been featured on numerous media outlets as a children’s hair expert and a female entrepreneur on The Today Show, The View, and The CBS Early Show. Her expertise has been quoted in American Baby, The New York Times, More Magazine, Parents Magazine, and USA Today among many others.
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THE BACKGROUND: Cozy Friedman is the creator of the So Cozy product line and founder of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids. She is an expert authority on cool, childhood style and recognizes – and celebrates – that children today are more style-conscious than ever. Decades ago, getting a child to take a bath was a challenge but now, thanks to places like Cozy’s Cuts for Kids and product lines such as So Cozy, children are embracing grooming from a very young age. Cozy Friedman has coined this trend the “metro mini” phenomenon and believes that encouraging it in a healthy way allows children to be expressive and self-confident.