Hair is my calling! I was called from a very young age to this industry. I’m third generation in this industry and that is something I am very proud of! I may have gone all the way around the world to get here but I think that was for a purpose! I went to college instead of beauty school because my mom wanted “better” for me! And let’s be real here, college was NOT for me! While in college I was diagnosed with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and stomach ulcers. I needed pills to get up in the morning, I needed pills to be able to function, I need pills to eat, I needed pills to sit through a lecture without having a complete meltdown, and I needed pills to sleep at night. It took me 7 and a half years of this nonsense to finally get brave enough to tell my mom I meant it when I said I wanted to go to beauty school. When God calls you, he also equips you. And in my case I needed the bravery to stand up for myself. One day I drove to school and sat in the stadium parking lot looking at the admissions building and withdrew from school in my last semester and then enrolled myself in the first available class in beauty school. And then I pulled together every ounce of bravery I had and called my mom and told her she was going to be mad, but she would get over it! And that I would be in beauty school in January. She was mad at first, and she DID get over it. She also told me many times that she regretted holding my back from my dream and that she was incredibly proud.
By the time I started beauty school I didn’t need any of those pills that helped me function for so long! And yes I still have those battles but the added stress of denying my calling is gone.
Now, even thought it always secretly was, hair is my life! I eat, breathe, sleep hair! Honestly you can tell a lot about a person by the camera roll on their phone. Mine is literally nothing but my kids and hair! In my life hair is EV.RY.THING!!!!! (Behind my family obviously!) Outside being the thing that makes me ultimately happy, God called me to use it as my own ministry.
Hair is my ministry. A ministry needs a purpose. My purpose is to spread God’s word one hair color at a time; to make women, especially moms, feel like the best version of themselves; to match their outsides to their beautiful insides; and to empower women.
I’m speaking from personal experience when I say moms rarely put themselves first! Some of us don’t even make our own lists of importance. We put our family first and never get around to the self care that is so vital! Most mamas I know feel frazzled most days and on occasion look it! And I feel like the way that I serve the Lord is to make every woman who sits in my chair feel like she is important. I want her to love the way she looks so much that you can’t wipe the smile off her face! I want her to feel like she doesn’t have a care in the world when she sits down.
So yes, I offer hair cuts, colors, conditioning treatments, and various other things. But I also offer relaxation, therapy, and friendship. I get very personal with my clients. I consider them dear friends. It is not unusual for me to go to lunch with my clients, or to visit outside of hair appointments, heck some of them come to my kid’s birthday parties. We are all actually friends! We text, we Facebook, the whole nine yards.
I use my inability to shut up to help my clients get further down their path and either find their purpose or encourage them on their journey with love! So yes, when you sit in my chair I am answering my call with my ministry by doing the thing that God gave me my talents in, but for you to get whatever you need to recharge and go out in the world and take charge!