Katie’s Story

Meet Katie Steller, owner of Steller Hair Company, a 7 chair hair salon located in NE Minneapolis.

Steller Hair Company opened in June of 2013, and has grown at an incredible rate. Katie’s motivation to open her business came from her personal experience in the hair industry. She realized that instead of complaining about what she did not like she had an opportunity to change her experience and lead by example in her own salon.

Katie entered into the hair industry when she was 18 years old, but her story began much earlier.
At age 11 she was diagnosed with an auto immune disease called Ulcerative Colitis. This diagnosis dictated a lot of her childhood, but I did not dictate her spirit. Throughout illness and life circumstances, she became a determined fighter.

When Katie turned 18, her illness had progressed beyond remission, and she had her large intestine removed. This was also around the time she became inspired to become a hairstylist. Her serious health challenges resulted in her beginning to lose her hair. Losing something has the ability to make one realize it’s value. Seeing Katie’s distress, her mom decided to book her a hair appointment with a family friend. Katie had never received a professional haircut before, and after having her hair cut and styled, she realized the impact a hairstylist could have on their client. During her appointment, she was more than an illness: she felt like a person. A person who was beautiful, cared about and important. This experience changed her personally and professionally.

In every aspect of her life Katie strives to be an advocate for people: her employees, clients, and all members of her beloved community. She believes in showing up, even when it feels difficult, and doing the very best in every situation every day. The reputation and growth of Steller Hair Company is evidence that she is succeeding in these goals.

Photo: Jenna Mahr

4 thoughts on “Katie’s Story

  1. You have come a long way, my little lightsaber-swishing, legolas-look-alike, Childrens’ Hospital Hero!! I am thrilled the dreams you and Mike have had to glorify God with your wonderful gifts are coming true!! You are amazing!!


    Your Mom!

    ….if only I had known about the tattoo fundraiser……..

  2. Geez I just emailed you guys I came across your indie gogo campaign and owning a salon has been a dream of mines forever but I got nice and cozy into the 9-5. I’m chatty so I’ll keep it short, I’m beginning to believe God has lead me to learn about your business, and my idea of just ownership will be squashed. I let my license expire some years ago because while I may do hair on occasion (once a stylist always a stylist:)) I really didn’t have the desire to get back behind the chair and it may just be for me to own but this does make me mindful to pray and know for sure this isn’t what God is calling me back to. One reason I’ve always wanted to own is for the very things you’ve mentioned here but I just planned to hire those that could carry it out…we shall see:)

  3. BEAUTIFUL STORY, great view on life. Wish you the best.

    I am moving to Minneapolis and hope to stop in to your salon as soon as I get a chance.

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