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Conversations with the Inspiring Nicole Addams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Addams.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nicole. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
All I have ever wanted to do was hair. I was born to do it! It’s my truest passion in life. After years of dreaming, I was finally able to go to school. I got my license and assisted several amazing hairstylists, after ample time of doing that, I finally started working behind the chair.

There is nothing more rewarding for me than making people feel good. My clients are some of the coolest people I have ever met.

I’m always learning and taking classes to keep up to date on the newest techniques, trends, and products.

I’ve been doing hair for close to 6 years now and I really see no end in sight. There are some exciting things in the works and I can’t wait to contunue to progress!!!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It can be a struggle! My advice to anyone starting out is this…. get obsessed with it. Find what it is you want to do in the industry and hone in on that.

I highly recommend assisting someone in that category. Whether it be behind the chair, print work, fashion, or product development. Fine someone to assist and learn as much as you can, ask questions, and be creative!

Sometimes, assisting comes with low wages, just make sure the salon or the person is offering education, and make sure their expectations of you are realistic. When the time is right, you will know when to spread your wings and move onto the next chapter.

Most of all, HUSTLE. Keep that end goal in mind!

what should we know about Hairstylist? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I do hair color and cutting! I love creating the complete look for my client. I’m known for my bobs and long layered cuts. Those are the most requested by referral. Many clients come to me for highlights, balayage, and corrective color.

I’m most proud of making my clients happy, getting to know people on a very personal level. When you’re doing someone’s hair you’re really putting your energy and love into it and to see my clients and quite frankly friends feel so good leaving now my chair makes all the hard work worth it!!!

I think what sets me apart is my unique approach to really customize a whole look for each client. I don’t do any one size fits all, I am very thorough with my consultations and really make sure myself and client are on the same page.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Research salons, go in, meet the staff. Again, find someone who matches your career esthetic and tries to assist someone in that realm. Find talented people who are passionate about teaching and I’ll push you to do your best. I got lucky and found a salon that offered what I was looking for.

Also, see what their educational structure is, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.

Taking chances can really pay off. Trust your gut.

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