Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabrina Habibi.
Sabrina, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I decided that I wanted to do hair right after high school. I took a tour of the beauty school Paul Mitchell Sherman Oaks and I was immediately drawn to the atmosphere. I applied before graduating high school and soon received my acceptance letter. I was very excited to start my beauty school journey. After graduating Paul Mitchell, I studied hard for my licensing exam. Once I was licensed, I was lucky enough to have landed an apprenticeship at the salon I had dreamt of working at during that time. I assisted for two years and at the same time took in my own clients in order to build up my clientele. Building a clientele is difficult but I pushed myself to work hard and I was in the salon 7 days a week. Soon I was able to take off on my own and start renting a private salon suite. I absolutely love having my own private space and my clients enjoy the relaxing environment.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It wasn’t always a smooth road, burn out is definitely real. In the beginning of my career, I said yes to everything. Which I do feel is necessary to do at the beginning stages of your career. I also was not the best hairstylist either but who is when they are first starting out? Building clientele was challenging and squeezing in everyone I could was hard too. I missed out on some family time and sacrificed my social life. Hard work definitely pays off though!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a hairstylist and I work with a lot of colors. I love doing natural balayages or dimensional highlights. I am most proud of how my formulating has improved and my knowledge of color has expanded. My career allows me to be creative and my client’s hair is my canvas!
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
This may be weird but it’s hilarious to think back on. My dad used to give me bowl cuts. He would literally put a bowl on top of my head and cut around it! I was that kid in school with a bowl cut. Maybe that’s part of why I am in the career I’m in today!
- Instagram: @sabrinahabibi