Today we’d like to introduce you to Zoudi Abraha.
Zoudi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always had an interest in hair and makeup, and even started coloring my hair in the 7th grade. After high school, my plan was initially beauty school, but I ultimately decided to go a different route to college for criminal justice and psychology. When I was 24 and a semester away from getting my second degree, I took a year off to help my mom take care of my Nana. During that time, I realized my heart just wasn’t in going back to college or my path toward criminal justice and psychology. I decided to go to beauty school instead, and honestly, it was one of the best decisions of my life. In 2013, I went to Bellus Academy in Poway for a year, which is where my love for blonding began. I have Erik Thrane to thank for that. At Bellus, I learned of an elite salon named Hyde Edwards, where I so badly wanted to work after I got my license. A year later, I passed my state board, and I got to call that very salon my home away from home for about four 1/2 years. I had to start from the bottom as an assistant and work my way up to a full-time stylist. I worked under a lot of stylists there, starting with Jessica. She was so resilient and inspiring. I met some really great and amazing people there and learned who I am as a hairstylist along the way. I will forever be grateful for why my time at Hyde taught me. Now, I’m in a new era at Salon Hearth, were at 30 years old, I’ve reached one of the goals and dreams I had for many years – to work independently. And let me say, it’s freaking amazing. I’ve worked very hard to be where I am in my career. I’m so happy and proud of myself, but the knowledge never stops. I work alongside genuine and incredible people who I learn from every day. They are my tribe. Tori, the owner of Salon Hearth, is one badass Queen. She has created an amazing and loving space for us to create beautiful hair.
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?
My journey definitely hasn’t been a smooth ride. I haven’t been through anything crazy, but I have definitely struggled with worth and validation, especially starting my career at such an elite salon. I was one of the few of different color and worked among so many talented people. There were a lot of times where I felt like I had to work harder to prove myself and the quality of my work – and not necessarily to my peers or bosses but to the customers and clients.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Salon Hearth – what should we know? What sets you apart from others?Salon Hearth / your hair home – is a collaboration of craft hair stylist focused on delivering a premium experience. Hearth aims to create a home for clients, stylists, and the hair community by providing superior services and education. Through our salon culture we wish to emanate confidence comfort and inclusivity.
I like to call myself a hair artist. I love creating new and different looks for my clients. I cut, and color hair, which I love, but everyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with blonding. I could paint hair all day if you let me. I also love making my clients feel. I’m all about vibes, so a lot of times I connect with my clients on a whole different level than just their hair. We talk, we cry and we laugh. I have a lot of Boss Queens as clients and a lot of young princesses finding their way. I love to uplift and support and remind all of them of their worth and their capabilities.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
If I could give advice to someone starting their own journey in this industry I would say, don’t seek validation. You only set yourself up for disappointment when you’re searching for outside praise. Of course, it feels nice to be told you’re doing a good job, but at the end of the day, you don’t need validation from anyone but yourself. Be true to yourself, know your worth, love yourself and, most importantly, stay humble.
- Address: 895 Park Blvd #105
San Diego, Ca 92102
- Website: salonhearth.com
- Phone: 6198077347
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @zoudisbeauty