We had the good fortune of connecting with Darby Hardy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darby, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I had known from a young age I would have some sort of creative career. I was always coloring, singing, or crafting something. My dad worked in payroll when I was younger and I remember one time I said “Dad, I don’t wanna sit in an office behind a computer all day when I grow up.” And he said “Well, you don’t have to.” Ever since then I knew I wouldn’t have a regular 9-5 office job.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I specialize in creating lived in hair color through custom blonding techniques based on my clients needs and natural hair color. One thing I love that people tell me is that not all of my hair photos look the exact same, and that is my goal, my technique is always custom to each clients hair color and hair goals. I was blessed to work for a commission salon my first few years out of cosmetology school where I gained a pretty good clientele. Unfortunately that salon had to close in 2020, and I was left with 6 weeks to find a new salon home! I am so grateful that things worked out the way they did. I am so scared of change but God pushed me out of my comfort zone and I have worked for myself for almost 2 years now. I work hard at posting on social media, but honestly my clients are the best business cards, let the hair speak for itself! I have learned so many lessons along the way but I would say the biggest one is that an empire wasn’t built in a day. Having success doesn’t happen overnight but if you are passionate about what you are doing and put your time and effort into it the success will follow.
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 would definitely do a day or two in Dallas. Some of my favorite restaurant/ bars are: Backyard, RH Rooftop, Salum and Katy Trail Ice House. I would take them to a Dallas Stars or Mavs game depending on the season and maybe do a day trip to the Hilton Anatole for their fun pool & water park. I also love Fort Worth, I would go to MASH’d, maybe across the street to Voicebox for some karaoke! And then to Texas Republic or Kung Fu for a fun night out. Also would have to go to the city I grew up in, Mansfield. El Primos restaurant would be a must. It is a Mansfield staple for many reasons among the margaritas, live music, rooftop, and fajitas to name a few!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to first shoutout my parents, they have supported me in my career since the day I told them I wanted to go to cosmetology school. They still tell me often how proud they are of me for how successful I have become. Also, my husband, he is my biggest supporter and encourager. Any ideas I have or pictures I post of someone’s hair he is my number one hype man!