Today we’d like to introduce you to Elvira Lopez.
Elvira, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got my cosmetology license at Paul Mitchell the school San Diego, where I studied in the night school program which can also be known as part-time. It took 2 hard working years to graduate and since then, I’ve had my license for a year now.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s definitely been a bumpy road. Coming from a very professional school, you are told that assisting is what you must do after graduating. While this is great advice, there are not many salons in this area that need assistance but more like booth rent or commission stylist. I, however, decided to take a leap and I began working at a new salon that opened in Clairemont as a commission stylist. While this was good and all it was also hard to get clientele and so I decided that perhaps assisting is the road I should take. I would say as far as giving advice to any future hairstylist, take a leap, follow what your instincts tell you. There’s no real failure in this line of work you can always try again and find something that works for you.
What should we know about Hairstylist? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a licensed cosmetologist, I dedicate myself to the hair aspect of my title. I specialize mostly in anything that has to do with color from lightening to color corrections. I’m mostly known for my short haircuts especially “lobs” or long bobs. I believe what makes me more proud of my line of work is how much you can impact a person’s life by making them look and feel beautiful and giving them confidence. I think what sets me apart from others is how I try to create connections with my customers and really understand what their hair goals in life are and how we’re going to get there. Building trust with clients as the main focus.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I feel the biggest barriers in my industry is the lack of knowledge most people have when it comes to hair. Most people think they know everything that has to do with hair however they don’t know the chemistry behind how to make a blonde go back to its natural brown color and all the work that goes into it. Most people think we – as professionals overcharged or are too expensive but what they don’t know is all the effort we put into what we do and the time and money we spend to make ourselves become better as a stylist. I think teaching people about what we do as professionals can help break this barrier.
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