Today we’d like to introduce you to Dannielle Robeson.
Hi Dannielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I first got my start as a young girl. Having long bus rides to and from school, to pass the time my friends would let me play with their hair. They usually wanted a braid of sorts. I’m not even sure where I learned to braid, I have just always known how. I also really loved playing with barbies and would practice doing their hair. This is where I learned barbie was not made for a cute bob and bangs. Her hair would always stick out and up no matter how many shampoos she got. Once I got a little older, I would watch what my hairstylist would do cutting my hair, and convinced I could do the same; I would practice on my own hair. I would cut my bangs and the front area. I got a good lesson about how wet curly hair works too. I think the first time I cut my bangs they ended up being maybe an inch long. haha Now ready to expand my services beyond myself, I somehow convinced my friends to let me cut their hair too. We all found out; I actually wasn’t too bad. I think the biggest seal of approval came from the lady who had cut my hair and my friend blurted out that I had cut her hair while at an appointment. After looking it over my hairstylist told me I did a great job.
Always loving creating I thought maybe I wanted to go to culinary school but decided I didn’t want to cook for lots of people and that wasn’t the path for me. I explored beauty school in my hometown and realized I did not have the finances to go. So, I continued my side hustle of cutting and styling my friend’s hair, because why not. I think we all benefited from it. I eventually had married my then-husband and we moved to Georgia. I decided to go to work again after my oldest son turned one. The local salon and spa in my town was hiring for a receptionist. I thought that since I wasn’t able to go to beauty school (again) that this was the next best thing. After working there, and the stylist finding out about my passion of doing hair they told me about doing an apprenticeship. I would learn everything from them instead of going to school. Now, this I could get on board with. I submitted all my paperwork and researched how to go about doing it. It was great! While I technically worked under one person’s license, ALL of the ladies there taught me things. This is also where I learned about my passion for bridal hairstyling. Fast forward to another baby later and more moving due to my boy’s dad being in the military we finally landed ourselves in San Diego.
This is where I eventually started working more heavily in the bridal industry and after a few years of just offering bridal hair, services decided to expand my services that I offered. I wanted to be more versatile for my brides, so I started learning more about makeup and taking classes and watching and asking my peers questions. It took a few years to really dial in on my “style,” but that eventually fell into place. Still having a passion for food and the health and wellness side of things, I saw a gap in the market and decided to go back to school to become a health coach. Now, I am not only able to help my brides feel great on the outside but I can help them feel good on the inside too. It’s amazing how your passions can come full circle.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it definitely has not been a smooth ride, there was LOTS of growth along the way. Learning twice I could not financially afford to go to school for something I felt passionate about to growing a family, to moving around the country. It all comes with its struggles and challenges. I think we can all agree, too, that COVID really put a damper on things. With weddings being my main source of income and the salon, I was working at having to close it definitely felt pretty hopeless for a little bit. But there is always a silver lining in every obstacle and challenge. Each one taught me a valuable lesson and continued to grow and strengthen me as a person.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a bridal hair and makeup artist for the brides who love keeping things natural but elevated. Everyone’s comfort level is different so I love getting to know my brides and their own personal style so we can stay within their comfort level while creating a custom look just for them. I’m a sucker for a very romantic look. Working part-time in the salon and doing my health coaching, it allows me to stay connected with my brides, which I absolutely love. It’s always such a bummer when everything ends after the wedding and this lets us continue our friendship. Yay! I am probably most proud of my new website.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the diversity of the city. There are so many unique areas, great food options, and lots of outdoor activities. It really works well for the industry that I am in. So many options and styles of locations for my brides to choose from. My least favorite thing is that there are so many people that sometimes the overcrowding can take the fun out of what you are wanting/trying to do. For example, going to the beach. I hate trying to find parking,
- Website: www.danniellerobeson.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/dannielle_robeson
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/handbbydannielle
- Other: www.styleseat.com/danniellerobeson
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