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

Hi Kyla, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
What truly brings me the most joy is my job. I started my career as an extremely shy and introverted 16 year old working as a receptionist. I hadn’t found my calling yet, and of course because I was so young I was still searching for my who I was. I knew I wanted to serve people in some way. I immediately fell in love with the salon life. The socialization, the art and creativity, and even the constant hustle and bustle. I knew quickly that this was my calling. Fast forward a few years later and I no longer was the shy receptionist, I was now the one serving others behind the chair. I have heard so many stories from those who have sat in my chair, every one unique. That’s what I love the most about my job. That, and the confidence that shines after someone’s hair is transformed.
Another thing that makes me the most happy is my family. Although we are all busy flourishing in our careers, when we are together we love and encourage one another, and are always down for a good time! I know that I would not be where I am today without my family, and I’m so thankful for them.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My favorite thing to do is hair color and extensions because that’s where the ultimate transformations come in. After I turn my clients around in the mirror, and when I show them their before and afters, the light that shines in their eyes after is unlike any other. Getting where I am today in my career wasn’t insanely difficult, but it was not easy either. The easy part is when my clients hair does exactly what I want it to. But every once in a while there’s that one person with super challenging hair, and the entire time I question myself on what to do next. That happens very rarely now, but when I first started behind the chair I questioned myself so much. Sometime’s it took me a while to catch onto things (like formulating color and perfecting techniques), but now for the most part everything comes second nature. The best way for me to overcome my challenges is to face them head on, learn what I should have done or could have done better, and move on. With having anxiety, it’s really hard not to stew on things that did not show my full potential. But one thing that helps me every day when I feel stuck is to tell myself that it’ll be okay, and it’s time to move on.
Something that sets me apart from most hairstylists is that I like to educate my clients as to why I’m doing what I’m doing, and any process we need to take to achieve our goal. I always want my guests to feel confident in me and my work, and to always feel comfortable enough to ask me any questions.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Of course before going anywhere I would pamper my best friend and do their hair! Then I’d take them exploring around Westlake-Entrada, where there’s a riverwalk, shopping and unique restaurants. I would take them to a couple of my favorite restaurants, HG Sply in Trophy Club (they have AMAZING drinks and their food is always so yummy and fresh!), and Terra Mediterranean (they have the absolute best lunch buffet). Concerts are my favorite, so I’d probably take them to a lawn concert at the Toyota Music Factory, and maybe even go to the stockyards for a fun girls night out!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my boss and friend, Erica. We both worked together as booth renters in a salon, and I was only 19 years old so I was still very new behind the chair. Erica took me under her wing and mentored me, educated me, and eventually offered me a position in her new salon. Of course I was terrified. I liked being my own boss, but I knew I wasn’t disciplined enough to get outside my comfort zone. Erica pushes me every day to be the best version of myself. She is one of the strongest and most hardworking women I have ever met. Being a business owner, wife, and baseball mom, she is constantly going in order to be there for everyone. I’m thankful our paths crossed, otherwise I truly don’t think I’d be where I am in my career today without her.

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Image Credits
Mandy Lorraine Photograpy and Sofia Elaine Salon

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