Today we’d like to introduce you to Pamela Taylor.
Hi Pamela, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was adopted at birth and I grew up in Maryland with 2 parents who absolutely adored me and my sister. Growing up, I played many sports, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. When I was 13 my mom passed away and that is when I started to have struggles. My grades started slipping, and I barely graduated from high school. At 21 I met my now ex-husband and got married pretty quickly as he joined the military. That brought me out to California, and I lived in Ventura for about 2 years. During my husband’s first deployment we grew apart, and that’s when my drug addiction really took off. I ended up homeless on the streets of Ventura, and shortly after that, I went to prison. It took me a few years to finally get it together. I started cosmetology school at the end of 2019. I had a slip-up and took a leave of absence to attend drug and alcohol treatment. I completed 90 days of treatment and went back to school, but by now Covid was in full force so I did most of my schooling online. This was the first time I ever felt like I had a purpose and something to look forward to. I loved the days when I got to go in person to school and learn among my colleagues. I graduated from Paul Mitchell in May of 2021 and passed my state board exam in august of 2021. I immediately went into the salon life. I worked briefly at a salon in hillcrest but it wasn’t the right fit for me. In February of 2022, I moved to a salon in La Jolla, and I have been there since. I love showing up to work every day and continuing my education by taking classes. In February of 2024, I will have 3 years clean and sober, and life just continues to get better every single day.
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?
Losing my mother at the age of 13 and my father in 2016 were very hard on me. I didn’t process my grief and loss in a proper manner, and as a result of that, I struggled with drug addiction for many many years.
Doing school during the pandemic was really tough. With such a hands-on career, I often struggled and I had to teach myself a lot of things. Since graduating last year, I have taken many classes and continue to want to learn more about my passion.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a hairstylist. I specialize in extensions and blonding. When clients sit in my chair, I want it to feel like an extension of their home. I try to give every client a personalized look according to their needs and wants. The most favorite thing about my job is making someone feel good about themselves. The confidence boost that they have leaving the salon is incomparable.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Your mental health matters, and if you are struggling, please reach out. There are many resources out there. Life can get better for anyone!
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