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Life & Work with Brittani Person

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittani Person.

Hi Brittani, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always had a creative eye from a young age. Making purses out of my old jeans, painting and creating mini canvases of characters I would see on T.V. The list goes on. Creating art with the little that I had was just my thing. I carried this niche with me all of my life. As I got older, although things like this didn’t interest me anymore, I still kept up with it by making an extra buck for my work. I became introduced to new art in beauty at 15 & was interested in all things dealing with hair and nails.

I started doing my hair every weekend after finding a new style on YouTube, then my mother noticed how great I was getting and started to let me do hers as well. She encouraged me at the time to take up the 2-Year Cosmetology Classes offered at a Vocational school near us in my Junior year. Although I took her advice, I became discouraged during my second year due to low funding in my household & being unable to finish the program. I completely stopped doing anything that had to do with hairstyling up until I went to college in the fall of 2016. I started to service my peers in my dorm room throughout my first year. I was always asked “Why don’t you take this seriously Britt” “I’m surprised you don’t have your licensed!” It was like everyone around me saw something in me that I didn’t. Which gave me the ultimate wake-up call.

I finished college with my Associates in Business and Fall 2018 & immediately moved to Columbia the following spring to pursue my cosmetology career at Paul Mitchell the School of Columbia for their 1-year program. Things were going so well, I was around so many like-minded people and higher-positioned peers who inspired me in so many ways. During the midst of the program, losing my mother in May 2019 put me on a slight back burner. The process was so unexpected for me and made me question everything down to my career. I knew the last thing that she would have wanted me to do was give up on everything she witnessed me work so hard for. The situation weighed so heavy on me & periodically still does but eventually, I used my pain for fuel.

Finishing at the top of my class, earning many achievements and many opportunities, I graduated in December 2020 from cosmetology school and became my own boss. Owning my first salon suite at 22 working for and by myself,, which then transitioned me to owning my own salon a year later. The Haus of Luxe. With booths for my 5 current hairstylists & suite rooms for 2 estheticians. The process was swift but everything worked out perfectly for me with the help of some very important people. I am beyond grateful for my journey. Although it has not been a straight road for me, I thank God for placing me in the position I am in today.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Although cosmetology school was the foundation of my journey, going through that process was probably one of my biggest struggles. Trying to stay afloat with dealing with personal problems while trying to stay focused because there was a goal I knew I needed to achieve, took a major toll on me. Even though I had issues at hand, I still had to show up every day to the best of my ability.

Never in a million years did I think I had to go through half of the things I experienced while being in school, but as I look back I really honor how persistent and resilient I was due to the given circumstances. No matter what went left, it didn’t take long for me to get myself back right. Feeling my emotions, not surprising them, then picking myself back up countless times is what has got me here today.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a licensed cosmetologist with a more concentration on the hairstylist side of my career. Although I love everything involving hair styling, I specialize in all things of natural weave styling! Wigs, Sew-ins, Tape-ins, Quick Weaves — you name it, I can do it. Although I have many monetary accomplishments, I am most proud of my artistry. I have advanced my skills over the years of the strength of just practicing over and over and I still “Wow” myself with what I can do for my clients on a daily basis.

The one thing that sets me apart from other stylists is my speed and accuracy. With me having years in practice, I’ve developed a way for me to be able to service my clients in the most perfect way that I can, with competing finishing times with other stylists. Imagine leaving my chair with the look of a movie star in under 2 hours!

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
One of the major risks I took in my career so far was becoming a salon owner. Although it has become popular in my generation to become business owners, I didn’t think I was going to be able to knock down a goal I intended to have completed in 6-8 years, to be done in less than a year after my being licensed! I took a leap of faith when my first salon suite lease was finished to scope out a few buildings I had my eye on while living in Columbia.

I felt it was risky because of how young I was (22) and that they would try to trick me into leases, agreements, etc. But speaking with many salon owners for advice, many brokers, many contractors, and taking tours of many spaces, I finally found one that I knew would be IT for me. Crazy process but it was so worth it! I love my salon.

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