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Community Highlights: Meet Tic Parker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tic Parker.

Hi Tic, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi! My full name is Phayphavanh V. Parker. I go by Tic for short because it’s obviously easier to pronounce and spell out. It’s just a nick name I grew up with and stuck with me. Fast forward, here’s a little introduction of who I am now.

I was 20, going to Southwestern College. I was back and forth on what my major was and was not sure on what I wanted to do in life (career-wise). Family and friends suggested beauty school since they saw how much I enjoyed doing my hair and makeup and how creative I was with it. Not too long after, I joined BayVista Beauty College and got my cosmetology license by the time I turned 21. It’s been a long and memorable journey. After bouncing around several salons and building all my clientele, I finally found my home at Sola Salon Studios. Here I’m my own boss and run my own business without all the stress of having to actually own a huge salon. I share the studio with two other girls. I love where I am.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
No, it hasn’t always been a smooth road. A lot of early mornings and even late nights at the salon. Working weekends was also a must, so I wasn’t always able to join friends and family with functions that were held on the weekends. The most recent struggle of all was the year of 2020. Due to COVID-19, salons all over California were forced to close several times, which made it really hard to bring in any income. It made me realize how much I love what I do, and I missed it while we were closed. Thankfully now it seems like things are slowly going back to normal.

What’s next?
I have been a cosmetologist for the past 21 years now. Within those years, I’ve worked with many other cosmetologists. The last seven years, I started working with Sola salons. It’s a place that has many different studios where you can lease and have a business of your own. You’re pretty much an independent contractor. I had two other colleagues whom I’ve worked with for years. We decided to get a studio together at Sola. I couldn’t have asked for better coworkers than Nashua and Ivonne. They’re like sisters to me, and I love working with them. Recently, Nashla and Ivonne ventured out into other things and had to leave Sola. I’ll definitely miss them! Now, after all these years of working together, I decided to go solo and have a studio of my own. I’m currently getting the studio ready for business, so I haven’t even started working yet. It’s all so surreal and bittersweet to be by myself in this studio, but I am excited for the future. It’ll be a whole new chapter in my life to have this room to myself and call it “My Salon”.

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