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Our readers would love to get to know you more Coconutt419. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a travelling Registered Nurse and Cosmetologist. I love to make people look and feel their best. I enjoy exploring new places and things and maintain an open mind. I'm also pretty funny!
Coconutt419, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Hair Stylist?
My aspiration in life is to be happy even if that means I don't fit into a particular box. I am passionate about expressing my creativity thru creative artistic outlets.
I became a hairstylist after my ex-fiancé died. Hair art became a positive outlet for expressing my anxiety. I realized that true happiness comes from living a dream and for me, being a hairstylist was a dream deferred.
My mother is a Master Hairstylist (20+yrs of experience). As a child I watched her design hairstyles easily, it was like magic. Before graduating from high school, I had to decide between pursuing a career in nursing, cosmetology or modelling. My mother had six kids, so we didn't have the money for modelling expenses.
I decided to go to nursing school because I was given the most scholarship money for nursing.
Who is your inspiration in life Coconutt419? How do you keep inspired?
I find inspiration from the greats: Grace Jones, Naomi Campbell, Nature, Churches, Art Museums. Pretty much any and every where. I love Avant Garde Hairstyles, so I also watch a lot of runway shows. I was a hairstylist for Style FW LA '17 and found much inspiration from fashion.
We all make mistakes Coconutt419, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Hair Stylist, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
There was a time when I shared a client who received Hair services from myself and skin services from a different stylist. The customer bought products and insisted I take all the credit on my books. She was persistent, so I allowed the client the right to choose. Afterwards, I apologized to the receptionist and had her correct the computer so that it reflected the hair product sales on my books and the skin product sales on my colleague's books. In hindsight, I would have loved to help the customer better understand why this was so important. Since then I've become better at expressing myself verbally.
Coconutt419 , 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?
I manage my time to the best of my ability. I check my books a day or two in advance and try to visualize how my day will go including possible delays. Overall, I maintain open communication with my clients and allow flexibility in scheduling.
Please tell us Coconutt419, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Hair Stylist?
Our salon had many friendly contests such as colour, deep conditioning or blonding services and I had to actively seek clients who I knew would benefit. It was a time to grow outside of my shell and see if I could get the numbers to match my work ethic. I've been listed as the top in services and product sales for consecutive months.
Coconutt419, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I see myself as an expert image consultant. After assessing my client's lifestyle, I was able to persuade a client to choose a hair colour and style that matched her low maintenance lifestyle, and she was very grateful.
Coconutt419, 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 with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was being a hairstylist for Style Fashion Week LA in Spring of 2017. There was so much pressure to get things done quickly and correctly. I was inspired by all of the beauty around me and exceeded my expectations and limits I previously set for myself. I'm originally from Ohio, so I would watch runway shows and dream of a day that I could get my hands on the field.
Coconutt419, 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 was on a Paul Mitchell design team and had to create hair and makeup for a winter wonderland theme. I am a Certified Airbrush makeup artist who was trained by Debra Dietrich so I used this opportunity to practice my Airbrush skills and it was exciting. It was difficult because there were several models and we had less than an hr to create however pressure created diamonds.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Hair Stylist?
Always believe in yourself and your dreams! If you can see it in your mind and visualize yourself doing it, it can be done!
Sarah @ Mr.Sarah_