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Conversations with the Inspiring Maria Peters

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Peters.

Maria, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a kid, I always enjoyed doing all kinds of things like dancing, singing, drawing, sketching, running in the rain, and most of all playing adult in my sisters’ clothes and shoes when they weren’t around, I guess you can call that acting.

I grew up on a small farm in Mexico, so I enjoyed playing with animals. My favorite were little chics, horses, frogs and our turkey pet we named “chompipis,” she was the sweetest! I used to ride her like she was a horse. You can say, I had the most beautiful childhood and I did!

I used to do my mom’s makeup when she would fall sleep watching Novelas on TV while laying on the couch! That got me in trouble when I got caught.

While in college, I earned a literature degree and wanted to become a college professor.

All my college friends and family always asked me to do their hair and makeup for their special events.

One day, while submitting my transfer college documents for San Diego State, I decided to stop by city college and check out their Cosmetology department. I signed up and the rest is history…

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?
I grew up without a dad. My parents separated when I was 6 years old. After having 10 kids together, they went their separate ways. I’m baby #10, the last one. I often felt like I was the left over. My mom was so tired and sick by the time she had me. I became a burden to my older siblings; even though they never let me feel that way, I knew I was. I grew up quickly, I had to be better than my older siblings. They did not have a choice but to work, so I had to be a good student to have a better future.

I struggled the most when I moved to the US. I had zero knowledge of the English language, and the culture shock was enormous and so heavy to my soul.

Fitting in, in this country is extremely hard. I was always looked down, belittled, humiliated by school mates. I still do encounter these types of situations sometimes. But I only feel compassion for the ignorant souls that do want to walk all over me.

I never gave up. I knew somehow, someway, that I was worth it, that I was enough. I needed to have tunnel vision for a while to get where I needed to be… to have faith and work hard!

I did not have a choice in growing up in a dysfunctional family, but I had the opportunity to decide what I wanted for myself and my future. I just wanted to be happy, as we all know, it is a pursuit!

I can write a book about all the things I’ve been through. One advise I can give is to never lose faith. Things do not come our way the time we want them to, because they come at the absolute right time for us.

Timing is everything! If we get something too soon, maybe we don’t appreciate it as much, and they never come too late. If we think they came late, sounds like we don’t deserve them in the first place.

Practice gratitude even in the mist of your storm! Gratitude only attracts beautiful things our way. Be grateful for you life, you don’t have another! So, make it count! Be happy!!!

What should we know about Maria Peters Hair? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love doing color and hair styling.

The brands I absolutely love are: Oligo, Olaplex and Shades EQ from Redken.

Oligo lighteners give the absolute best results when lightening darker hair like Latinas.

Olaplex saves the hair structure and repairs it as you color or lightened.

Shades EQ I love for toning, neutralizing, bringing back to natural, glazing and color melting.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
When looking for a mentor, make sure it’s someone that you can relate to and has the best interest for your growth.

Honesty and respect come along way.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Facebook/Instagram
  • Instagram: @mariapetershair
  • Facebook: Maria Peters Hair

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