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I have legs for days. My slender, 5'10" body frame is 38% torso, 62% legs. Plus I have long narrow feet to match. How fortunate. LoL!!
Niki, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Hair Stylist?
As stated before, I'm a 3rd generation hairstylist. Both my mom and grandmother owned salons, so that's where the majority of my time was spent growing up. I was so fascinated with the transformations that took place. Not just with hair but clients would leave rejuvenated and uplifted, encouraged and entertained through girl talk. I knew I wanted to follow in my family's footsteps, contributing to the beauty industry and those I'd be fortunate to service. Providing them with great hair days, as well as imparting a positive image mentally.
Who is your inspiration in life Niki? How do you keep inspired?
In many ways, my mom has been an inspiration in my life. She's so impactful to those around her, family, friends, clients, even strangers. I stay inspired by following the work of another artist in my field who persevere for continued success like Naeemah Lafonde, Kiyah Wright and a slew of others locally and abroad.
We all make mistakes Niki; 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.
Having worked in a salon on a daily basis, you become comfortable with your colleagues, and you develop a tendency to be straightforward with one another. I can remember a time a colleague was doing something incorrectly on her client, and I just jumped in to correct her in front of her client and give her an alternative to what she was doing. Although the method I then showed her would give her better results, it was embarrassing for her that I interrupted her service in that way (especially since she didn't ask for my advice). I should have pulled her to the side to give my input. In the end, I felt bad for making her feel uncomfortable in front of her client. I'm careful not to that anymore.
Niki, 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
It's important to remain informed of your client's expectations. Consultations are key, whether they are recurring clients or new ones. Sometimes they know exactly what they want, and sometimes you have to help them figure it out. But they're left with a sense that you're concerned with their needs.
Please tell us, Niki, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Hair Stylist?
I had to be very strategic with rebranding myself. I'm still working on that.
Niki, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I have a client that was going through something emotionally at one time, so when she came in for her appointment, she wanted to cut her hair and drastically change her hair colour (drastic like blue, green, purple....yea, one of those colors). Now I'm so not opposed to any of that, but I knew that's not what she wanted. It went against her personality and the hair goals she had expressed previously. So I convinced her into waiting until her next visit to be sure that was what she wanted to do. When she came back the next week, she expressed how glad she was that she listened to my advice because it wasn't what she wanted.
Niki, 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 the first photoshoot I styled. It was my first physical step toward a new direction in my career. I was so nervous about doing it, but it turned out great. I'm glad I did it.
Niki, 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'd say that first shoot. It opened the door for fresh creativity.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Hair Stylist?
Practice, practice, practice. Techniques, styles and trends are always evolving. To keep up and remain relevant, you have to practice those things. You'll be so confident in your skill, which is very important.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. I'd like to collaborate with photogs, mua's, stylists and designers, and even other hair artists in the areas of editorial shoots, platform work and special events like runway shows, etc.
Photographers: Rodney Patterson @shootemroe; Ron J @ronjphotographyMakeup Artists: Janae Patterson @mwamcosmetics; Niki J. @knikijModels: @martinique__; @knikij