Stylist Blog Feature-April

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Lauren M. - Hairstylist
Le Beaute Academie at Hair Joy Orlando
Orlando, Florida
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As true today as it was then, Coco Chanel states, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” Being able to gift someone with the catapult wanted or needed to be their best self is absolutely rewarding. Literally creating the change you want to see is powerful. [And] it is with great pleasure, Lauren Myers (better known as Lo), has spent over a decade being a trusted source for life changing beauty needs.

Born on the beautiful island of Jamaica and raised in the captivating views of St. Croix, USVI, Lauren has been able to explore the diverse textures of differing cultures, appreciate the magnificent colors of a Caribbean sunset, and shape the hearts and hands of our future beauty leaders.

As a former pageant contestant and model it was apparent very early on all things beauty would be her future. Now a Master Stylist, Lauren has a wealth of knowledge in the field of Cosmetology and from varying vantage points. Teaching has always been her first love and with a degree in Education it was only a matter of time before destiny met passion and created a glorious career.

As a published fashion writer and college professor, Lauren is truly exploring the many facets of the industry and is adamant about maintaining the industry’s integrity through education. Seeking to be a trusted and impactful resource, Lauren pursues quality and excellence in every venture and association. 

Continuing to always keep the essence of individual beauty at the forefront, Lauren hopes to pave the way for other beauty lovers near and far and is positive there is enough beauty in this world for everyone to shine bright; all the while never forgetting “Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It is about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and most importantly, a beautiful soul.” -unknown

As always, we hope this interview will motivate you, inspire you, and encourage you, to continue to share your love and passion for the beauty industry. Be sure to follow Lauren’s social pages and check out her upcoming classes! Enjoy! #stylistssupportingstylists

1.   What is one piece of advice you give to a new stylist just coming out of school?

The one piece of advice would be to trust that you know more than the client in your chair. No matter how much internet education they may come in with you are licensed and that education is far more valuable and extensive. Something from school did stick and build on that until the confidence comes.

2.   What was the thing that shocked you the most when you started working in a salon?

No.Body.Cares. All of the excuses, situations, issues, or lack of knowledge is not enough of a reason to be unsuccessful. Help comes to those who seek it. If help is what you need, you have to FIND the information and someone who cares about your success. We all have our crosses to bear so a lack of concern is not a personal attack, it’s the nature of how the world operates. It also doesn’t mean your coworkers are selfish, it just means everyone is working toward their ideals of personal wellness. Asking for what you need opens more doors than giving up!

3.   What is the biggest challenge you face in being a stylist?

Understanding I am making a living from an unnecessary or luxury expense was a challenge. I am to be of service to THEM; I am not entitled to their money. Having the balance of this is my worth and they truly don’t have to be here is a constant reality check. It has given me the opportunity to truly be of worth and value to the consumer. The relationship between my Guests and I have strengthened. My listening skills have improved and my results are more consistent. I truly see the value in their financial contribution so my efforts to be the best stylist they have encountered seems like the most appropriate way to reciprocate my appreciation for them.

4.   What is the one thing you wish someone would have told you before you started your first salon job?

“If you’re sitting down wondering why you are not busy, it’s because you are sitting down wondering why you are not busy.” Movement is the only thing that can create momentum. Engaging with strangers is not an option. Talking about you and your business is not an option. Constantly and consistently using social media is not a choice. You have to work not only by doing the best hair you are capable of doing but building on those skills and marketing the ones you already have.

5.   What is the biggest misconception about our industry?

It’s JUST hair. The emotional connection to hair is much deeper than people give immediate credit to. Until they are in dire need of a Hairstylist, will they understand the power of our hands. Along with the personal connection that builds over time; the holidays, the promotions, weddings, and deaths, all the highs and lows a person prepares for, we are consistently there; an ever-present comfort and listening ear. We know we are the cheapest therapists around!

6.   What is the one piece of advice you would give stylists that are feeling discouraged?

KEEP GOING! Stopping at the bottom leaves you at the bottom. You have to push through if you desire to stay in this industry. And let me add, it will happen more than once. This industry is a series of ups and downs. The artistry evolves and expands and keeping up can be overwhelming. Reassess and regroup. Figure out the new direction and go full speed ahead. Falling out of the loop gives you an opportunity to get back in stronger than ever. The end is only the end if you stop.

7.   What is your why? Why did you choose this industry? What drives you besides your passion and love for hair?

My why is a life that affords me flexibility mentally, creatively, and physically. I have the option to work today or not. Use this color or not. Use this technique or not. Be in in this country or not. Yet, still have the capacity to build an empire and legacy I can be proud of. I chose this industry because I was tired of fighting my destiny. I am a jack of all trades but something about hair I could never let go of. I am highly motivated by the end result of how my decisions will work out in my favor. Every day brings me closer to the best days in my career and it keeps me hopeful. When those greatest moments pass, my options are still open to keep evolving to create new ones or retire. It’s just that simple for me. The freedom in that choice is true success. Success is my freedom to choose!

8. You are an educator with a focus on textured hair. Tell me about the evolution of textured hair within our industry ?

Textured hair has come a LONG way. There are a myriad of products that cater to the health and care of people who want to embrace their natural, curly beauty. This wasn't always the case. Presently, it's seen as a niche market but it's every curly girls daily way of life. I love seeing the natural hair movement and I encourage stylists who aren't familiar with coils to become more educated on the topic. Curly hair looks big and intimidating but with a little know how, it's quite manageable. Aside from the financial benefits, being able to offer clients a new look is incredible! 

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