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Life and Work with Megan James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan James.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Hello everyone! My name is Megan James. I was born and raised in San Diego. I currently work at The Hot Seat Salon as a stylist. I’ve been doing hair for three years now. I absolutely LOVE it! Before hair, I was going to college to become a teacher. Although I loved the idea of it, I didn’t have a passion for it. With a lot of thought, I decided to leave college and enroll in beauty school. Let me tell you… best decision ever! I absolutely love my job! I started out as an assistant where I learned the in’s and outs of hair. I wouldn’t be where I am without assisting. Now, I am growing my business and enjoying every moment of it! Thanks for listening!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road to becoming a hairstylist definitely wasn’t a smooth road. You have to dedicate an entire year to not only beauty school, but outside of education, certifications, and several volunteer events. Once you are licensed that is where the real fun starts! I knew right outside of beauty school that I wanted to assist. I knew that assisting would give me a better idea of the “the real hair world”. When I started assisting, I was working 12-15 hour days on the regular. Although it is a lot of work, it is worth it! It taught me to be the stylist I am today. I learned how to run a business, how to build a clientele, how to deal with the no-shows, the cancellations, and how to keep going! You definitely have days where you question is this the job for you?! How will I make booth rent?! Then, you have days where you know in your heart that it’s 100% where you’re supposed to be. Just keep going! The good days will always make up for the bad!

Please tell us about Hair by Megan James.
Hair by Megan James is something that I have worked hard to create. Although I love doing hair my absolute favorite aspect of it is hair coloring. I feel like this is where my passion comes out. You get to watch something transform right in front of your eyes. I love being able to make someone feel beautiful. The thing that sets me apart from other hairstylists is that I care so deeply for each and every client. I love hearing their stories and helping them be their best selves.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Some advice that I have for young women who are just starting out in their careers is to never give up. Remind yourself every day that this is where you belong. Do your best! You will no doubt have rough days, but in the end, they will just be a stepping stone to where you are going.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1224 Broadway Unit 103 El Cajon, CA 92021
  • Phone: 619-204-0313
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @hairbymeganjames
  • Facebook: Hair By Megan James

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