We had the good fortune of connecting with LaChrissa Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LaChrissa, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I honestly hadn’t put much thought at all into how I would manage work life balance when I started my business. My thoughts were more focused on working hard & building my clientele base than they were on balancing work and personal life. It was very challenging in the beginning because I am married and I have 2 children at home. Until we were forced to take a time out due to the current pandemic, I didn’t realize how hard I was working, how stressed out I was and how much I was missing out on at home. My husband encouraged me to set some boundaries with my time at work so that I could enjoy some time at home. Once I was able to reopen my salon, I did so with a new schedule which allows me to have weekends off. Making a decision on carving out time for home has made my work so much less stressful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a licensed cosmetologist specializing in relaxed, natural and transitioning hair care. I own & operate, Pressed Pretty Salon, a salon boutique located in Plano, TX. I believe what sets me apart from others is my passion for what I do. I often say, many stylists don’t choose hair…hair chooses them. It’s one of those skills that most hairstylist have practiced since they were young and don’t necessarily love. For me it was the opposite. Of course I practiced styling hair during my teen years but ultimately I went to college and got degrees which led me into social services. When the opportunity presented itself, I chose hair. I desired to study and learn everything I could about it. What is it made of? How does it grow? What are the internal structures of it? I was interested in everything. As a professional, I wanted to possess this extensive knowledge about my craft so that I would be able to work with all hair types. Through continuing education and constant practice, I have acquired skills that set me apart. My clients return over and over and together we watch their hair thrive. It certainly has not been an easy path. I’m my biggest critic so I’m always thinking of something I could’ve done better. The beauty industry is ever-evolving so the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to always seek out education. Even if it’s a skill you’re good at, always refresh it. I want the world to know that Pressed Pretty Salon started as a far fetched dream that I wouldn’t even say out loud. It was something that I didn’t think would ever come true, but with support and plenty of hard work, it’s now a well established salon that services hundreds of clients.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are SO many great places in the area to visit! Of course I would make a stop at the Shops at Legacy to check out a few shops and of course to eat. Mexican Sugar, Season’s 52 and True Food Kitchen are some of my favorites in that area. I think I would also check out the outlets in Allen for a day of sunshine and shopping. I’m from Louisiana so I would stop at Kickin Crab or Crab Station for some boiled seafood. Hands down, Cookie Society in Frisco for dessert. Snooze AM in Addison would definitely be on the list for brunch. I would probably check out the Arboretum and some of the museums downtown Dallas. Having been here for only 3 years, I still have plenty of places on my list to check out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my amazing husband, Larry. He recognized my passion for cosmetology and signed me up for it despite my apprehension. He has believed in my visions for building my business and has supported me every step of the way. He takes on any role at a moment’s notice; from assistant to manager and everything in between. He helps to keep our home functioning whether I get off a 6 or at midnight. I absolutely could not do this work without his support. He is my rock!