Wired Women: Christine Perkins

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Wired Women profiles successful women with ties to Boston who are pursuing their passions. These women serve as an inspiration not only to myself, but to women and girls everywhere who are eager to make waves in their field. Meet Christine Perkins, the owner and entrepreneur behind Pyara Salon & Spa (Cambridge & Burlington) and mother of two who's looking to change the way we take care of our skin and bodies. Read more about Christine below...

Style Wire: What is it that prompted you to open Pyara and why did you decide to use the Aveda approach and products?
Christine Perkins: I had a nail license and skin license and was working in California [at a] bank when I found out I was pregnant with my son. I had this crazy idea that I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I wrote a business plan and here we are. 
Aveda is super high tech about what it can do but super organic and biodynamical farmed ingredients with fair trade policies in place. I love the fact that AVEDA can be sold anywhere in the world without changing ingredients because of the EU marking.

SW: What's your favorite treatment to indulge in at Pyara? 
CP: I am pretty simple; I love a massage. It makes my body work better and gets me in the moment of relaxation.

SW: Boston is a competitive city- what was it like staring a business in this city?
CP: You really have to be true to yourself and your mission. You can't waffle your vision because of fear of the other things around you.

We all need someone in our corner, who was your biggest supporter when you embarked on your business venture?
CP: My dad.  He is a pain in the rear end but he is always willing to hear my issues and be a great sounding board.

In a world obsessed with clean eating and trendy workouts, what do you define as wellness?
CP: Wellness is listening to what you need. Balance is the most important thing you can do for yourself. I always know when I need more yoga.  I eat more like a 15 year old boy then an adult but I try and balance my pizza love with portion control and a much greener mean another part of the day.  I am not a fan of anything obsessive. 

SW: You've been through quite a lot as an entrepreneur and single mother, how do you stay focused when times are tough?
CP: My boyfriend is amazing. He will make me laugh right about the time I feel like losing it. I also know I need some sort of exercise and balance with food to feel good every day. If I am bad with food and do not exercise for a few weeks my whole outlook gets a little unfocused.  

SW: What does a typical day look like for you?
CP: Overall I get up in the morning and get a protein shake/light breakfast, drive my daughter to school, hit Orange Theory or Lexington power yoga, shower and hit work where I meet with staff for coaching, help pick up any loose ends, anything that helps people stay on track with our guests. I grab my daughter from her afterschool program, hit the grocery store, then my son, daughter and I make dinner and relax. That made me tired just typing it out!

SW: Your life sounds like it moves a mile a minute, how do you unwind after a long day?
CP: I love to curl up and read for a while after everyone is in bed!

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