"I'm a realist so what you see is what you get. I would love to have more work published and have the opportunity to travel more to do editorial work."
Name: Alissa Cimmino
Profession: Hair Stylist
Email Address: NYSOULDIVA@COMCAST.NET
About: I have been working behind the chair as a hair stylist for the past 19 years. I have been a Redken Educator / Artist for ten years, and a Tearsheet Artist for the past six years. I have a true passion for making people look and feel beautiful as well as a passion for editorial work and photo shoots. I have been a Bangstyle Supreme where I had my first publication through them. I've also had the opportunity to work Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in N.Y.C. which had been my dream since I was 18 years old. I am Color, Design, and Finish Certified through Redken and had a love for doing all disciplines. This has allowed me to work multiple hair shows and work for Teen Vogue. Being a Tearsheet Artist has helped me develop my eye for the camera and has given me a new found love for editorial work and photo shoots. I only hope the world gets to see more of my work. The sky is the limit.
Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?: I'm a true go-getter. If I want something, I go after it. I always strive for more and have great discipline. My passion in life is hair, fitness, travel, family and good friends. I'm a realist so what you see is what you get. I would love to have more work published and have the opportunity to travel more to do editorial work.
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?: My inspiration in life is culture and lifestyles. I get inspired by lots texture as well as classic clean lines. I love when an image really tells a story, and you can feel emotion through the hair.
What is your aspiration in life?: I always aspire to be a good, loyal, hard working person who sees's the best in people and life. I would love to travel more and share my talent with more of the world. I feel like I have just touched the surface.
What is the most challenging part of your profession?: The most challenging part of my profession is balancing personal and business life. I work long hours like most hairstylists so just having time for family, friends, and fun as well as hair.
We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.: Sometimes I can be very blunt, and I feel like the way you say things are key. So, just being more gentle with my words and how I can come across.
When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritising your customers’ needs?: Sometimes its hard, but I try really hard not to overbook, or run late because their time is just as valuable. If I am going to double book, or run late, I will let them know. I always treat everyone the way I would want to be treated.
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.: I feel like this all the time! Trying to fit everything in in one day is always a challenge. Sometimes you just have to learn to say no to certain things, so the things you are passionate about have the priority.
Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.: As an educator, and knowing new trends and product information helps me have pull when wanting to get a new tool, colour, or product into the salon.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.: My proudest professional moment was my first publication from Bangstyle, and working at Milk Studios in N.Y.C. for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!
How old do you have to be before it can be said you died of old age?: 95!
Do glow-in-the-dark objects stop glowing when somebody turns the lights on?: No, because even though you can't see it, they still glow just not as bright.
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?: Good question! I never really got that holiday. I think its for retailers to make more money.
If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?: Well, I look at it like climbing a mountain. On the way up, you need a lot of physical strength and endurance. For some people, that's a challenge. On the way down, You need mental strength and awareness. Both ways are dangerous, and everyone has different struggles, but at the end when you reach the summit of the bottom of the mountain its a true accomplishment. A sense of satisfaction. There may be some pain, doubt, fear, and tears but the finish line is the prize.
Photo Credits: @nysouldiva (Me- Hair)
@Tearsheets (Photo shoot eduaction company)