Daughter of Masarrat Misbah, the founder of Depilex Beauty Clinic and Institute, Redah Misbah is a qualified hairdresser and makeup artist who has practiced her skills the world over. Being awarded on multiple occasions for her work, Misbah not only runs Depilex, but has led her team to extraordinary heights by expanding to Depilex Men, running the Depilex College, and also founding the Masarrat Misbah Makeup Line. Aside from work, Misbah is a full time mom and runs her own blog ‘The Redah Misbah Factor’.
Did you stumble upon your career or was it something that you always wanted?
I pretty much grew up in the salon watching my mother work. The more time I spent at work, the more I wanted to be a part of it until eventually there was nothing I saw myself doing more than being a part of the industry and to make a change to how this business works!
What was your “aha!” moment?
When I was studying beauty therapy and aesthetics in London, I realized there’s a science behind the field that I thoroughly enjoyed. To an outsider it might seem all superficial but there’s so much more to it on so many dimensions!
Did you ever consider or experience a career change?
No! However I felt many times to diversify our operations and every time I felt that- I did it! From a single brand Depilex, I have lead my team to diversify into multiple brands like men’s salons (Depilex Men), trainings institutes & colleges (Depilex College), a makeup line (Masarrat Makeup) and a spa that’s in the works now. Additionally the franchise network for the Depilex Salons has seen tremendous growth in the last 8 years – to over 75 locations of our brands nationwide. I wouldn’t say I get bored easily of doing the same thing but I definitely like to continuously push my boundaries and get out of my comfort zone; it always results in a new chapter for the Depilex family.
When was a time you felt completely discouraged and how did you push through it?
Being an entrepreneur we have to deal with the ups and downs every day, and you have to just find a way to keep ploughing through.
What was the best advice that you were given?
To keep upping my vision each time Im near achieving it, further the vision.
What are the top 3 things you cherish in your life?
My family, my legacy and my team.
What is #1 thing that is yet to be ticked off your bucket list?
Learning how to scuba!
What does nobody tell you about being the boss?
How to switch off and disconnect from the role when you need to.
Name one boss lady that you admire and how she still inspires you?
My mother; her resilience and her strength.
Describe a day in your life.
My days starts 630am, Get my daughter ready for school, drop her and stop over to meet my mother! She always brings so much positivity to start my day. Then straight to work; meetings the accounts department, marketing and franchise managers. I look forward to my clients and cutting hair. I’m lucky I can bring my children to work and get to spend the day with them too. Work ends by 7pm then home to spend quality time with my husband.
Complete this sentence: To me, a #BossLady is…”
Someone who realizes her worth.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
I learnt that rock bottom is the biggest opportunity to gain knowledge and better yourself.
Which world leader would you most like to have dinner with?
I don’t know about leader but I definitely want have dinner with super woman, Tahira Abdullah.
What advice would you give to young girls out there who have dreams and goals like yours?
To channel your thoughts and organize your ideas before you present them and take the next step. To have faith always.