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I’m Celebrating my 4th Year as a Salon Owner

All this week I have been reminiscent of the fact that this week marks the 4th year as a salon owner! Alot of times, people assume that this success has been somewhat instant. Absolutely NOT!! This journey really began as a child, because God gave me the passion and “gift” of doing hair at a VERY young age. Being brought up with parents that were “trailblazers” in their own right, they kind of ushered me in other career areas that they thought would be more “appropriate”. Well, I have never really conformed to alot of things (which can be good or bad),so I had to “fight”  my way  to be a hairstylist first. Eventually, they gave in (told ‘ya).But, even with “words” that were spoken to convince me that this was not a stable career, I started out part time,trying to somewhat but with out success conform to society.Sometimes, You just have to do what God has “called” you to do!!

When I went full time in the hair industry I never once looked back. I thought the procrastination was time wasted , but realize it was a necessary process.It makes me appreciate where I am even more.When I worked as an independent stylist in salons,  I observed and learned from others. And then it was my turn to step on out and open my own! I remember when I had contacted a salon owner that I had been reading up on.I emailed her and wanted to meet with her (she lived in another state) and visit this fabulous salon!! She emailed me back and it said……in short “write a business plan and put God first” . BALANK STARE at the computer for 20 minutes!! At first I didnt get it, One year after I opened up my salon I totally “got” it, and I emailed her back to let her know (didnt know whether she cared or not but I did anyway).Putting God First had everything to do with it! I honestly can say that  being a”spirit led” business owner IS important point, blank, PERIOD!My Journey the last 4 years have been……exciting.I say that word because I’ve learned to trust God more than ever.I’ve learned to “be still”.I’ve learned that its all in “God’s timing” and not mine.God has given me peace in the midst of storms,He has fought battle after battle.I’ve learned to deal with people through prayer.I have had to cancel out “words” that have been spoken against myself,my business, and my stylist because they were NOT from God,and therefore NOT true.I’ve had to cast down and renounce “pride” AND right some wrongs on my part. But, I just Thank GOD, because ” He never left Me nor forsake me” and “with God for me who can be against me”

Believe me there were times I wanted to pack up,slam the door and scream KICK ROCKS!!!! All the times when things broke down, hot water tank going out,floods, IPOD man coming (inside joke),but all in all I keep “hearing” to keep going because HIS plan is bigger than this. So, I have to Trust what I hear from God and keep going!!

But I thank God for who HE has sent in my life. First my husband, sometimes I look at him and think ,”he had no idea what he was in for, when he married me.” But I love how he is such an amazing father,and holds it down at home while I pursue my dreams. and I say to him, Thank you babe,you have made our  life easier and your humility is not overlooked.I embrace your quiet spirit and listening ear.When I needed you,you were there.When I win ,we both win,and God has a plan for us beyond anything we could ever imagine.**wink,wink**.

I thank my parents and sister (brother in law)for encouraging and being there for me.Especially my mom who is my greatest inspiration growing up watching her take the world on taught me I could do anything. I gotta thank my (step) father who when I just cant… he steps in like a father does,no words can express my gratitude towards a “real” man.

and I LOOOVVE and appreciate my talented,anointed team that only GOD could have brought together.(it was all divine connection) My Kathy (my bff ,I cant even tell you why I love you so much without crying,eventhough you  are simply who you are ) Keeley( my tell it like it is encourager),Shonda (it is funny how God works, u came in like a true team player and keeps me laughing all day) Kelly C ( I already love you for what you have brought to the salon, you came in and added too, never taking away from). My Kadija ,girl you have such an anointing on your life, but you have provided stability in an important part of the salon.Your loyalty has not been over looked,you are a blessing to me and the salon, and you will be blessed 100 fold!! Cierra ,my care bear, I just LOOOVVE my assistant and thank God for her in this season. (prayer works and this WAS a divine connection). I’m grateful for all past employees (assistants) and pray that God continue to guide you and keeps you.Tarrah, you are my O.G. I miss you and soo proud of you for stepping out with your own salon. You really were there for me when I had to learn to depend on the strength of others.Success is all over you!! and AYANA I have not forgotten about you, she is my invisible partner, she keeps it ALL together behind the scenes. I cant imagine you not being apart of the bigger picture.Thank you. and thank you to all my friends who have supported my funky attitude and didnt care and loved me anyway. I love ALL of you!!

I’m going to keep praying and trusting God,thank you for another year of “HIS” great works!!  -Kelli


Communicate with your stylist!!!

I know it can be frustrating when things change. More than often when I get new clients,no soon after they sit in my seat,instead of telling me all that they are looking for they complain about all there last stylist did,or worse all the last few stylist did. BIG TURN OFF!!! Let me tell you why,#1 if you do this to them,you’ll do it to me.Plain,simple,period and THE truth dot com!!! Well, just know I dont approve such behavior . #2 I have a VERY good memory and there are going to be key words that are going to expose the truth. Plus, the first thing I’m going to ask you is did you let your stylist know? more than often not..I’ll give you an example.There was a time when I was having THE HARDEST time finding an assistant. The reality is my clientele was too big to NOT have one,but it was getting discouraging for myself and my clients. At one point a particular assistant was just not working out, and I was getting complaints galore!! Of course I was trying to get things together,and apologetically keep together ALL that I had built so far.But had my clients (mainly the ones thats been with me forever)not kept me update with the poor job my assistants were doing,I would not have known to make appropriate adjustments. The reality is I’m paying someone to do a job,and you are paying for a service,need I say more?? So, when people leave there stylist because of an assistant,communicate with your stylist your issues.

Another thing I see often is clients that ABSOLUTELY truly love how there stylist do there hair,but for some reason or another they just choose to try someone else,whether its because that stylist relocated, or the client did,or no reason at all. But, then they expect the new stylist to do things exactly how the other stylist did it. THING IS, every stylist has there own technique….(crickets)that’s all.And its not fair to impose other peoples technique’s on others.

Bottom line if you love how your hair looks and feels when you leave the chair,well,build a rapport with the stylist,keep communication open about your concerns .Client and stylist relationships are just that!! A RELATIONSHIP!!!