Family has a major impact on the long term decisions we make in our lives and to be able to listen to someones story and here the influence bot h good and bad, it makes you want to open your eyes more to your surroundings. Growing up around a family of women who also work as cosmetologists allowed her early in life to decide what she wanted to do. As early as high school Stacy was able to take advantage of a program that was offered and began to persue her dream. Stepping more into Stacey’s world through a few questions it’s interesting to learn her reasons why.
Q.What made you decide to become a hair stylist and how did you get started? How many years have you been a cosmetologist?
ST. What made me want to become a hairstylist was because I grew up around many hairstylists within my family. I got started in high school at the vocational center where I took up cosmetology in my 10th, 11th, and 12th grade year. I have been a licensed hairstylist for 15 years now.
Q. Provide an effective method you have used to stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
The effective method that I have use to stay informed with the latest styles and hair care techniques are investments, such as investing in educational classes as well as educational haircare DVDs (contoures).
Q. How do you feel about natural hair?
I feel that natural hair is a present-day norm, and I am gradually witnessing a lot of our African American women beginning to slowly evolve their hair back to its natural state, and I am absolutely loving it. That is inspiring to me to have those clients who want to make the transformation back to natural hair. I feel it is a wonderful idea because it gives me another specialty to pursue and creates the possibility of me coming into contact with many more clients who would love for me to assist them in making that transformation from relaxed hair back to natural hair. So it is a rise in my capital.
Q. What factors do you consider when cutting trimming and shaping hair or hair pieces?
I will only discuss the most critical factors that I consider, and those would be the shape of the face and the form of the head. That’s critical whether you are cutting, trimming or shaping the hair. It is also important to consider the different angles in which you use while remembering the desired style that a client is looking to achieve.
Q. Tell me about a time when you developed your own way of doing things or were self-motivated to finish an important task.
A time when I had no other chose but to develop my own way of accomplishing a trendy, sexy hair style was when I did not have a razor comb to complete this particular style on my hair, and I needed to go meet some very important businessmen and women one day. I had to become real creative and make the most out of whatever tools I had at my disposal. I substituted whatever was closely related to what I needed and used that tool to assist me at that moment. I was able to substitute a hand-held eyebrow archer to taper the loose ends to a style cut and create the most beautiful and creative style on my hair.
Q. Provide a time when you dealt calmly and effectively with a high-stress situation.
The time when I dealt calmly and effectively was when I went two whole weeks without clients coming into the shop for hair services from me. I had to remain calm and keep my mind stayed on God’s promises to me and trust him completely to know that everything happens for a reason and that HE is in control even in the midst of the most stressful situations, like your lack of finances.
Q. Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person (coworker or client) and how you handled it.
To be honest, I have had a few of those. One time I had a young lady that wanted a sew-in done, but she did not have any hair around the perimeter or edges of her hair, which makes a sew-in almost next to impossible to achieve. She got upset and she asked me the question: What hairstylist is there that can’t do everything as it relates to hair? My answer to her was: Many. And you are looking at one. But just because what you’re asking for is something I can’t service you with doesn’t mean I can’t give you that style. I let her know that we would just have to adjust the technique we would have normally used to accomplish it. So we talked on that subject and she chose to go with the technique that I offered and the outcome created was beautiful. Here again, Stacey Carlisle was able to produce a happy client with a gorgeous hairdo. So just because you end up with a difficult client doesn’t mean you can’t handle them. I always ask God to give me the words to speak out to my clients when there is a difficult situation that’s out of my control, and God has always been there right on time to give me the words to accomplish my work and bond my relationships to produce repeat customers.
Q. Describe your experience cutting hair according to the clients’ instructions and/or current hairstyles.
I never had the experience of cutting a client’s hair according to their instructions. However I do allow my clients to freely communicate to me what style they would like for me to perform. Some of them have come to know me so well and feel so comfortable with my judgment, that when they get in my chair they will just say, “Hook me up.”
Q. How much does attention to details and thoroughness impact your business?
Paying attention to details and thoroughness are at the top of my list of priorities to create repeat business. Every person that I service in the shop leaves the salon as walking advertisement for Stacey Styles and Smiles. So if I do not satisfy my customers completely and keep them happy, they could very possibly ruin not only my career but my entire reputation.
Q. What is your take on having multi-color hair colors?
I love hair color. However, I do not like to apply color to the hair using professional or non-professional brands along with their volumizers. In fact, it is one of my weaknesses. It’s amuses me because I actually have no problem matching multi-color weave pieces into the hair to marbleize and highlight a style to give it a more attractive look. Through many of my photos, you will find several colors that I have used to highlight the hair and make it the most appealing to the eye. I call it my “eye candy styles.”
Q. What was the hardest thing for you to master as being a beautician and why?
One of the hardest things for me to master was color correction. I find myself staying away from color because the results are permanent (meaning you have to leave them in until you change it) and it ends up costing clients more money to correct their hair color than it did to pass this onto the next styles who uses color to create their own unique masterpiece on the head.
Q. What keeps the drive and motivation in you to do hair?
What keeps the drive and motivation in me to do hair is my confidence in my abilities and knowing my potential to achieve maximum results in hairdos. I love new, creative, unique styles, and that too is what keeps the drive and motivation in me.
Q. What advice can you offer to a student that’s currently in cosmetology school? And what tips can you give?
The advice that I would offer to a student that is currently in cosmetology school is to believe in yourself, and believe in what it is you really want out of doing hair or let your training guide you to specialize in a particular area of hair, so that you can have something unique to bring to the table. My tip I would say is to dream big, set goals, go after those goals and believe that you can become whatever it is that you set your mind to become in the beauty industry.
Q. Share a time in which a treatment you recommended to a client alleviated a difficult hair problem.
Since I deal with a very large population of clients with alopecia, I recommend preventing problems before they start. Most problems start within (your head) and develop outside your body in some form. So I would recommend my clients to seek medical attention at the first sign of hair problems and then I would recommend that they take precautions to prevent any further damage in the future.
Q. Tell me about a time you successfully coordinated with others. How about a coordination effort that was not as successful?
The time I wanted to do a quick weave class I was very successful and coordinated with many other stylists about the project, and they thought it would be a great idea. The first class was a success. However, the second week that I offered my quick weave class, I was not as successful. After all the hard work of advertising and reaching out to people near and far, putting in hours and hours of time to make this class successful, it did not turn out as successful as I thought it would have been due to the fact that nowadays, many hairstylist feel like they can’t be taught anything new by someone new. Students and stylists now find it a lot easier to get instructions free from different websites such as YouTube and many others, which to me has been one of the major causes which has led to the downfall in our beauty industry.
Q. What advice or tips do you have for time management when dealing with multiple clients while still giving quality service?
When dealing with multiple clients while giving quality service you need to first of all, focus. Two, you must stay consistent in or with what you’re doing at that moment. And three, don’t do more than what you can manage.
Q. What is one of the biggest goals you established and accomplished? How was it personally challenging? What helped you to succeed?
One of my biggest goals was to reach out to people with what I have to offer when it comes to doing hair as well as giving classes. It was challenging because I had to become transparent to total strangers. What helped me to succeed is all of the support I received from my friends and fellow stylists.
Q. In closing, what are three steps or advices you would give to someone wanting to become a hair stylist?
Make sure that this is what you want to become in life. Number two, believe in yourself even when others don’t. Number three, believe in what it is that you can do, and never be afraid to step outside of the box. know that all things are possible to those who believe. Trust God to lead and order your steps on your journey of becoming a successful hair stylist. After all, if I did it, little me, then you can do it too. That’s it.
Stacy continues to do things necessary to improve and grow with continuing classes and always working on mastering her craft. She’s excelled in her areas of expertise by paying attention to detail and staying mindful of all factors that are included in creating a memorable experience.