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

Hi Nancy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
To me taking risks are like necessary evils in life. It’s such a scary thing to do because you never know if you’ll actually succeed or not but you gain so much regardless of the outcome every time. Taking risks has really helped me improve my skill set, personality and customer service. I took a risk getting into this career and will continue to do so to better myself and myself behind the chair.

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Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was always interested in either pastry/cake decorating or doing hair. I wasn’t really sure on either so decided to get my basics done at Richland Community College until I figured things out. I enjoyed school but found out along the way that it just wasn’t for me. I started working at a bakery my second year of college and really loved it at first. Sooner than later I realized I preferred baking as a hobby and not as a career. I was in a rut trying to figure out what to do with myself when I started going down a spiral on YouTube watching all types of hair videos everyday. I remembered my aunt always telling me that I should just go to hair school and she would train me. The same week I talked to her about being interested in it she went with me on a tour of the same school she went to. I was enrolled for the fall shortly after the tour.

I enrolled in the cosmetology program at Ogle School in 2017. School was fun but also came with its challenges. Once I finished in 2018 I began working at the newly opened Met Salon Co that was co-owned by my aunt Megan Murillo and her friend Elizabeth Teller. I trained under them and the other senior stylist for several months working on my technique and social skills. I never realized how much of a people career this was until working under them. Yes it’s about your skill but also about making the client experience a great one.

It hadn’t been too long since I was on the floor on my own as a level 1 stylist when Covid happened. Those were crazy times but honestly it was the best thing that could have happened to me career wise. Since I was still early in my career I didn’t have as full a schedule yet so I was taking on most of the color corrections and haircut mistakes coming in from everyone trying to do their hair at home. Doing all these corrective services really helped me build my skill set and confidence with what I was doing behind the chair.

I’ve grown so much since I’ve first started in many ways that’s suprised myself. I remember barely even saying a word when I first started to now not hesitating to have conversations with anyone. I’ve built so much confidence and try to give that to every client in my chair as well. I love being able to educate and help my client’s with their hair goals/needs. I try my best to make sure my clients are being heard/comfortable the entire process whether it’s a huge color service or even a consultation.

I’m met so many amazing people along the way and hope to meet many more!

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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?
A few spots I love going to with friends is lower Greenville or downtown Garlans square. Lower Greenville has so many good food spots like Wabi House or Botolino Gelato. They also have the best Dallas merch store called Bullzerk to shop in. Downtown Garland Square has Momentum Tattoo that’s the perfect place to get any work done and they host events all throughout the year. Intrinsic BBQ is a great place to eat and drink with all their craft beer options! Alamo Drafthouse is the best spot for any new movies to watch or even some old ones with their special screenings.

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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 love to shout out my aunt and boss Megan Murillo for getting me started in this career and continuing to watch over me as I’ve become the stylist I am today. Megan as well as my other boss Elizabeth Teller and the MET team have all helped me flourish in my career with the amazing environment they’ve created!

Website: https://www.metsalonco.com

Instagram: @_nancystyles

Other: TikTok @nancystyles_

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