We had the good fortune of connecting with Janae Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janae, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I began seeking employment before I was of legal age to even get a job. I had already called around speaking to managers to see who all were hiring before my 16th birthday. Immediately after my birthday I began applying. At this time I was a Junior in high school. I couldn’t seem to get a job anywhere, which was frustrating. It was rejection after rejection. Not enough experience, they no longer had positions open, or my school hours didn’t work for them.
I was always pretty creative. I’ve been styling my own hair since 7th grade at this point. By my senior year, my classmates began asking me to provide hair services for them. I became my own boss at the age of 17.
By 18, my mom and I moved to Dallas, and I started cosmetology school. Graduated from there by 19, and went on to starting my own brand.
Hair isn’t something that fell into my life by chance. I feel like I was born to do this. There is more to this craft and lifestyle than people realize. A lot went into building this business and I’m not talking about anything monetary. A lot of hard work, hard lessons and dedication molded me into who I am today. Starting a business was scary, I admit that. I’m glad I faced that rejection early on in life. Starting my business was something I did as a means to survive. And here I am 10 years later doing things I hadn’t even envisioned for myself nor my business.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’ve loved art since before I can even remember. At first it was drawing and painting. Once I stumbled upon hair, I was sold. It’s been pretty easy for me to do catch on and learn anything using my hands since I was young. So learning different styles and ways to help my clients express themselves felt good.
Something that sets me aside from other stylist is that I’m a perfectionist and I see my work as a form of art. I want to make sure my clients not only leave knowing they got what they asked for, but with knowing they have found a safe haven. They’ve found a stylist that has some of the best work and work ethic that can be found around Texas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are plenty of people who have influenced my success. God and my family most importantly, my instructors, classmates and colleagues as well. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, nor would I be able to run my business without their support and motivation. I will forever be grateful for my clients who have supported me for years as well.
Other: Booking site: http://royalreign.as.me