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Conversations with Alicia Hayes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Hayes.  

Hi Alicia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I’m originally from Washington state and have been a stylist since early 2005. In the years since, I’ve worked in San Diego as well as north of Seattle, Washington. I’ve taught independent color education classes as well as one on one business mentoring over the years. Up until recently, I owned a single-chair salon in Washington which I operated for a little over 6 years. I found myself constantly coming back to San Diego for education classes and my general happiness, so I decided to combine the job I love and do it in the place I love. 

Alright, 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’ve struggled with the common issues creative professionals tend to encounter, comparison & perfectionism. It’s taken a lot of years to accept being human behind the chair and embracing the uniqueness of everyone’s work. I now worry less about being like others and instead lean into what makes me and my work great. The client who likes me and my work will find me, and the people who like someone else and their work will find them; we all will have our people, and that’s one of the beautiful things about working in an artistic industry. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an independent hairstylist mainly focused on natural-looking, low-maintenance hair color. I’m known for color that grows out seamlessly and embracing natural bases vs. covering them. I want to love my clients enough to want to see them all the time but give them color so good we only hang out 3-4 times a year. One of the things I’m most proud of is my ability to pivot my business over the years, my professionalism in taking clients along for the ride, and always making them feel confident in how I’ll handle whatever comes our way. 

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Well, when I say San Diego is my happy place, I truly mean it. I love everything about it, the weather, the variety of neighborhoods, the food, and that there is never a lack of things to do. My least favorite is how far it is from my niece and nephew because they’re the best, and they still live in Washington. 

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @alicialovesbalayage

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