We had the good fortune of connecting with Daisha Truitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Daisha, how do you think about risk?
Risks are usually thought of as a daunting task. There’s stress over the outcome, if it’s the right decision or will it be worth it. I think of risk as a life necessity. It’s what keeps us living and moving forward. Everything in life is a risk. Every time we get behind the wheel is a risk, yet most of us do it everyday. I don’t think risks are the same as impulsiveness, as they should still be evaluated for the pros and cons. So, while they come big and small, the bigger the risk, the higher the reward. For instance, I don’t feel that I would have been satisfied if I hadn’t taken the risk to move to Texas to start my cosmetology career. Having no outside connections and not knowing what was in store for me on this path was the biggest risk I’ve taken in my life. I gave up familiarity and the same routine for a different lifestyle. The biggest role risk taking has made an impact on my life is that it helps broaden my horizon to more possibilities. As scary as it was initially, I knew that if I made a plan, was determined and stuck to it that my goals would be reached. All I could think was, ‘if I don’t take the risk, then what if?’ Since taking that leap of faith, I started working at Strand by Strand Hair Studio in both the Arlington and Dallas locations shortly after businesses could reopen following the mandatory lockdown. I was excited and grateful to start my career at a reputable business, where I also work as an assistant to the owner. I’m learning important skills that I know is shaping me into a better stylist, such as hair finishing techniques, organization, keeping clients scheduled, different styling techniques and so much more. Everyday I have the opportunity to grow, as I get familiar with the routine of the salon life. Setting down a solid foundation for my career is a top priority for me, and I feel that I’m accomplishing that goal, which started as a risk.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In 2020, I became a licensed cosmetologist. It’s been my biggest goal since I was 13. I knew I wanted to be in the beauty industry because I love the confidence I can help people get from enhancing their outer appearance. Starting my YouTube channel in 2015 is what made me interested in the natural hair community. I felt it was underrepresented at the time and I wanted to help give my input. Seeing the challenges many women dealt with like dryness and what products to use made me even more passionate about doing natural hair services. From there, I set out to practice and gain the skills needed to specialize in natural hair care. Today, I work at a reputable natural hair salon. The main challenge I’ve faced is having to learn and build a clientele while in the midst of a global pandemic. Having to operate at a limited capacity does slow the flow down, however it helps me tap into my creativity to market myself in a way that promotes the hair services I offer. Social media has helped too, allowing my clients to choose what style they want from my catalog. Some lessons I’ve learned along the way have been to be more organized with my job as well as my personal life. I’ve been able to get onto a steady routine that allows me to work efficiently while I’m in the salon and in turn, making adequate me time when it’s time to wind down. Being organized helps with my manager skills for when I plan to go into a business of my own. What I want the world to know of my story is that I was told many times that I was foolish or way over my head for thinking I could do what I’m doing now. But as cliche as it sounds, you can not give in to those pressures. I’m blessed to say I’m 21, have my own car and apartment, am a licensed cosmetologist and I’m living my dreams everyday . Now what if I stopped because someone who’s name I can’t even remember told me I couldn’t do it?

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve had a few visits from friends and family so far. Good eats is first on the menu since jet lag usually gets the appetite going. I love showing them Rudy’s Barbecue because they have the best moist brisket I’ve tried thus far! I also like the amenities at Spa Castle, enjoying a nice hot tub then feeling rejuvenated after sweating it out in the hot saunas. I also like the other little neat places to go to like daiquiri shops for a quick drink, and the many bars and restaurants in the Deep Ellum area. The Biscuit Bar really surprised me with how good their dough is! The French Toast with the homemade whipped cream is too delectable. It tastes so fresh and you can tell it’s made with quality home ingredients, definitely one of my go-tos. I’m still exploring around the city for the best eats so my list can expand!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this to all my teachers, mentors, friends, clients, and my family who truly supports me.

Website: https://www.vagaro.com/strandbystrandhairstudio/book-now
Instagram: Instagram.com/naturallyakilah
Youtube: YouTube.com/naturallyakilah

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