We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risk has been an integral part of my career. It was common for me to jump into the next job without feeling fully prepared. Risk didn’t stop me from taking the next opportunity because I knew it would result in personal and career growth. The biggest risk that I took was opening a salon this past March. I knew the challenges facing me, but being a salon owner was a big goal.
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 art is hair! I’m not afraid to step out of the box and love to play with different colors and techniques. I love doing transformational hair, which is going from dark hair to blonde in one sitting. Those are usually an all day project but definitely worth it. Good things take time! I am certainly proud of my salon Beautiful People salon. She’s my pride and joy! I couldn’t have done it without my beautiful clients’ loyalty and to my new ones trusting me with their hair. I’m very thankful for my clients because in the beginning it was not easy for me to build my clientele. That led me to take a break from hair for a couple months and considered going back to school. Once I realized that wasn’t for me, I gave it another shot because I truly missed doing hair. I took it week by week and stopped getting down on myself from not being where I wanted to be. I really focused on, and cared for my clients hair. They began referring me to others and even strangers would stop my clients to ask where their hair was done. I’ve learned that my work will speak volumes. Being honest and connecting with my clients adds so much more than simply getting a service. Making my clients feel confidently beautiful from in and out has always been my goal.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this, but might be difficult because there’s so much to choose from. My favorite thing to is eat, sometimes I think about being a food blogger on the side! We would have to start out with a breakfast/brunch. Of course The Rustic has a great spread. Then we’d go walk the Katy trail or shop in Bishop Arts. If we go to Katy trail after our walk we’d stop at the Katy trail Ice House to get drinks. If Bishop Arts we’d get at Paradiso and shop. I love going because there’s consistently new development. Then I’d show them my dads new sports bar in Arlington, Tacos El Patrón and eat some ceviche. Afterward head over to Grandscape for some more food and fun because I’m a kid at heart.
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?
There are many people in my life that have been supportive, loving and encouraging. I will always be grateful for them. I want to shoutout my fiancé, parents, Erika (business partner), Cynthia, and friends. I have been blessed with a fiancé that has always been the best to support and encourage my work and dreams. He’s always there to help me whenever I need. My parents taught me to not be afraid to take risk. My dad is a big risk taker and showed me that you can anything you put your mind to. I have learned what to do and not to do from his experience. My mom has said, ”las cosas no se dicen se hacen” meaning don’t talk about what you’re going to do, just do it. That set the tone and mindset prior to opening the salon. Prior to opening the salon my business partner and I met Cynthia (mentor.) I am grateful for her honest with us and Cynthia has been such a blessing. I will be always be thankful for the salon, Pixie Glam and owner Diesy. Pixie Glam is where I substantially grew in my career and became a better hairstylist. I have always thrived being on a team and having a business partner has made it better than I imagined. Erika and I took the risk and are getting to grow together. To my friends (Shelby, Vania, Jaz, Gaby, Bianca) who have been very supportive and celebrated on the successes of our salon, I’m so grateful. You all mean so much to me and want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
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