Today we’d like to introduce you to Mandi Mansour.
Hi Mandi, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I have family in the industry, so I spent a lot of time in the salon growing up. I went to cosmetology school immediately after graduating high school and started working in the family salon right away. My focus was on haircuts and colors with an occasional updo on the weekend. A few years into my career, I partnered with a makeup artist who was starting her own business, and we started booking bridal jobs all around San Diego. I fell in love with the wedding industry (pun intended) and continued to grow as a stylist in the salon.
When everything started opening back up after the pandemic, that’s when I received tons of bridal booking requests and started specializing in styling hair for weddings. Since then, I have been exclusively a mobile salon with a focus on bridal hair. I have the privilege of working alongside some of the top artists in the industry and am always honored to be part of such a special occasion.
I do still offer hair care services, and there are plans to expand into a salon space again in the very near future!
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have definitely been bumps in the road and challenges we face as service providers. We do our best to accommodate each guest but are sometimes faced with unrealistic expectations and pressure to execute each look with limited amount of time in some situations. Early start times are always a struggle for us all.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in soft romantic bridal hairstyles. Vintage waves, low buns, twists. I’m most proud if my ability to connect with others & intuitively work with intention to ensure each of my guests feels like the best version of themselves. I love a challenge, so when someone tells me their worried about their curls not holding, that’s my cue to make the magic happen.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I believe finding a mentor in the business is important. We all need someone we can check in with. Find someone who’s in the industry doing the things you want to be doing as well. Making connections with other artists in the industry is exactly how I got to where I am today.
- Website: www.mandiraestudio.com
- Instagram: @mandiraestudio
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