Back in March, I traveled to Los Angeles for the Makeup Show. It was an action packed weekend full of adventures. My head is still bursting with all the knowledge I absorbed and I’m still organizing my notes, processing everything I learned and outlining some good blog posts for you. (You can see my first recap here…more to come!)
When I was just about to board my flight back to Richmond. We were about an hour late boarding our red eye, headed to Charlotte, NC, where I was connecting to get home to Richmond. Sitting next to me was a super stylish chick and we struck up a conversation. In the back of my mind, I was thinking this girl has to be in hair/makeup/fashion. She was just too chic not to be! I had to ask and of course, she was a stylist. I grabbed her card and checked her out when I got home.
Meet my friend Dee Dee! Check her out here. Thanks for sharing your story Dee Dee!
How did you get started in the industry?
I started as an assistant at a hair salon as a junior in high school. I did one semester in college and missed the hair salon so badly. I went back and started cosmetology school.
What do you specialize in?
I’m most passionate about hair color!
What is your favorite part of the business? What do you think is the most challenging part? I work in a salon and I work as a freelance hairstylist in the movie and music industry. The most challenging thing for me is to balance being with my family and traveling to work and leaving my family.
What do you love most about your work?
What I love most about my work is to see my work on the pages of a magazine, in a movie or on the red carpet!
What is your favorite product or tool you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my Kevin Murphy ” Matte Texture Paste”, It can be used on every texture of hair!
How do you stay excited, inspired or motivated?
I stay inspired as a hairstylist by constantly learning new things and studying my craft. A day of studying consist of me sitting in a book store for hours flipping through hair and art magazines.
Who is another artist you admire?
Larry Sims is a artist I admire. I’ve always thought he was a great hairstylist. The way he expresses his creativity with Lupita Nyong’o hair is amazing, I now consider him to be a hair beast.
What advice or words of wisdom would you like to share with someone who is just getting started?
Continue to challenge yourself, if you get the call to do a style you’ve never done, be honest say you never have. be sure to also say if you’re willing to allow me to try I’m willing to take on the challenge, then stay up all night watching videos and then practicing using a mannequin until you master it.
What advice would you give to someone at any point in their career?
As hairstylist we always have goals, we always have a desire to get to the next level. In our quest to be greater always share what you’ve learned with hairstylist that come behind you. What ever you give in life that’s what you get back. I’m willing to share everything I know about hair and I’m always meeting hairstylist that share new things I don’t know.
If you were not in this industry what would do you think you would do professionally instead?
I can’t imagine a life without Hair! My motto is “God first, family, then Hair”
What is next for you?
I don’t know in what order, but somewhere in my future I will win a Emmy or Oscar for hair. I will do hair for a Vogue cover! I will be an ambassador for a major hair product company!
Thanks for sharing your story Dee Dee! You rock! If anyone out there has questions for Dee Dee, leave them in the comments and we can get that answered for you!