I studied cosmetology at Donta school of beauty culture which is now owned by Paul Mitchell. I am a master cosmetologist.i have been in the industry for 17 years and a salon owner for the last 10 years. In 2014 i was crowned queen for ky from the ky congress of hairdressers. I also earned a scholarship from sally beauty to go to the national convention to represent my state and to start working on my doctorate in cosmetology through the organization. Im very goal oriented so after that i was giving the opportunity to work as a hair stylist on a film by the name The Ultimate Legacy. Im constantly finding ways to educate myself in the industry .i have taught classes on wig making and currently prepping for some one cutting classes for up and coming stylist.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Ayesha. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Im a person of my word if i speak it i feel the need to see it through! I won't stop until i make good on it.
Ayesha, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Hair Stylist?
Im passionate about building and having something to show for in life. It's important to me to own things that im constantly putting my money into . im a home owner so now i have decided i want to own the space my salon is located in.i like to think i have always been in the industry!i started get paid to braid and do extension when i was 10. From the time i could hold a comb honestly i have been fascinated with the creativity of hair!i always knew i wanted to be a hairstylist so i went for it and never looked back.
Who is your inspiration in life Ayesha? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is kim kimble. Its amazing the things that she has done in the industry. I stay inspired because i have so many goal to accomplish so i use that to stay hungry. I believe there's nothing i can't accomplish within reason.im always up for the challenge.
We all make mistakes Ayesha, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Hair Stylist , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
My biggest mistake was not having my stylist/independent contractors to sign a contract but now i know. It's a must to always have everything in writing! Its business not a friendship at the end of the day with some.
Ayesha ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Hair Stylist, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Luckily when i was a student training i was always made to do more clients than most so i learned to multi task very will. To me its all mental you have to have a visual plan on how to execute things.
Please tell us Ayesha, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Hair Stylist?
When i was asked to do hair on a film i was nervous....for one it was for 3 to 4 weeks 10 to 12 hour days. My issue was i still needed to do my salon clients. So what i was able to do was on sat and Sunday i would do all my clients. My clients totally supported me because they were proud of me as their stylist.
Ayesha, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I decided the salon needed to move and because of the way i handle things as stylist /owner it was easy. The only reason it was easy was because they trust my judgement and i only want the best for us financially. They didnt even care where we were relocating to because they trusted my judgement.
Ayesha please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Hair Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
The moment happened just recently. My salon went to speak at local high school to a group of young women. It really touch me that we were invited to speak about the beauty industry! I remember being a child and a family member talked down to me because i wanted to be a hairstylist when i grew up. So for me to have accomplish all that i have when i was told i could never make a living at it means the world to me to show what i have done. I have truly made it a career! The way the young women paid attention to us was simply amazing! That was a moment that I'll never forget.
Ayesha, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I had a new client from London . My client wanted extensions but the extensions she had prior to pulled her hair out in plugs.The technique the other stylist used i dont like because there's a great chance of hair loss. So to make a long story short she wanted to use the same hair that had been cut in small section. I couldn't tell her i had no clue on how i was going to get it back in and make it look like a full head....so it hit me and i decided to stitch the cut tracks together to make them whole giving me more to work with! I was so nervous but it turned out beautiful.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Hair Stylist?
To always stay hungry and humble!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Honestly im a sponge im open to it all!