We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen Sauceda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmen, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I first started out in my career I worked at a salon. I loved the salon environment but I quickly realized my love for updos. Working for a franchise salon I had to take every service and I just didn’t love them as much. I knew I wanted to start a business focusing on more styling and updos. Every time I got an updo client at the salon it was so much fun and I wanted to dive deeper into the fundamentals of hairstyling. I’ve always loved going to weddings and Quinceañeras. I knew I wanted to be apart of my clients special day. So I sat down and brainstormed with a few close people about my vision and business name. I set short term and long term goals. It was scary but I knew it’s what I really wanted to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Hair is an art. I have so much love for the cosmetology field. I specialize in updos. Honestly in school they don’t really teach you much about updos. When I first started out I always loved doing them. Sometimes I wouldn’t know how to start an updo or I didn’t love the way it turned out. I can be a bit of a perfectionist. I wanted to learn more about the fundamentals and specialize in that area. So I found a salon through Instagram called El Stile that did amazing updos. I flew out to Cali to take their one on one class. After that class I knew I made the right decision in my career choice. My business definitely took off. There’s always room for growth and I’m always looking for tips and tricks. I also took another class with an amazing local stylist named Joana. Her work is beautiful! All the challenges I have faced have been solved through education and talking to other artists in the business. So many artists are willing to offer help if you just ask. I always want to provide my clients with the best. Their special day is just as important to me. I want to make sure they feel beautiful inside and out. I’m just honored when they pick me to be apart of such a special moment in their life. I have a love and passion for what I do. I never feel like I’m working and I’m so blessed to be able to do what I love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a tricky one since Covid I haven’t been out very much. My best friend Teresa always knows cool places to eat and drink. We went to a place called easy sliders in Deep Ellum. They had good food, drinks, and live music. Glorias in Addison is always fun too. You can go for dinner on the weekends and it turns to a dance at night with a DJ and live band. I have kids so we love going to strike and reel in garland. There’s movies, bowling, food, drinks, and an arcade. A cookout at home is always a great idea too. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is definitely a hard one. I feel like so many people have impacted my life in different ways. One person that has always supported me from the start would be my best friend. I have never been the type of person to care what other people think but to have that person there to support you is an amazing feeling. It’s definitely hard when you’re family doesn’t agree with what career path you want to take. So I definitely want to thank my best friend since 7th grade for always supporting me and pushing me. When I feel down or stuck he’s always encouraging and reminding me of my talent. Special thanks to you Alex Torres!
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