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

Hi Tiana, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
In order to succeed I believe you must take risks. Especially in business nothing is certain. Taking risks will only allow you to grow. I personally took a huge risk by relocating to Dallas, TX from Durham, NC with no clientele or contacts. Taking this risk fueled ambition in me to build a clientele, network and make connections with other beauty professionals in the DFW area. Dreams are achieved by taking risks.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Specializing in natural hair is such a unique art! My clients appreciate my ability to manipulate their hair to create intricate styles while preserving their natural curl pattern. I love working with natural hair! I admire the diversity in textures and curl patterns I see in the salon everyday. Each client requires a different combination of products and regimens unique to their natural hair, which makes my job personal to each client. Specializing in natural hair is not an easy task and is definitely not for the weak! I chose to quit my job as a caseworker to study natural hair and obtain my Natural Hair license from the state of North Carolina. I then continued my education in cosmetology at Paul Mitchell the school located in Arlington, TX. I knew that combining my knowledge of natural hair with the advance practices of cosmetology, cut, color and extensions would separate me as a stylist. I literally took a risk leaving my home in NC to attend cosmetology school in Texas with no clientele family or friends in this state but I was determined to be an asset to the community as hairstylist that cares for natural hair.

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?
Dallas is Americas best kept secret. This city is full of places to enjoy wether its bar hopping in deep ellum to having brunch and exploring Legacy west there is something to do for everyone! The people in Dallas are genuinely nice and truly know how to show southern hospitality.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my success to my mother, Diane. My mother introduced me to the world of cosmetics as a child she would take me along with her to hair salons and nail salons every week to get pampered. I began to admire the hairstylists creativity and how it impacted their clients self esteem. After I got my hair done I would feel like the prettiest girl in the world and I wanted to make other women feel like that. My mother always encouraged me to follow my dream as a cosmetologist and I will always appreciate her for supporting me.

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Image Credits
Jessica Hicks Daisha McGowen

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