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Conversations with the Inspiring Selina McManus

Today we’d like to introduce you to Selina McManus.

Selina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am an experienced hairstylist located in the SF Bay Area, a mother of two, and trailblazing for other women of color in the beauty industry.

I began my career at the age of 22, now 32, I have seen so many different aspects of my industry and still have a deep passion for it. I wouldn’t say I was born to do hair, but it has definitely changed my life for the better. The last decade has been intense, vibrant, and so beautiful, all while being a single parent.

The beauty industry is suited for those who are really willing to work hard. We work long hours, often while standing and demanding the most from our bodies. I am fortunate to have a full, supportive clientele. My career has seen everything from assisting, corporate stylist positions, booth renter, runway shows, editorial photoshoots/video shoots, and an educator to my fellow hairdresser.

At this point in my career, I crave creative freedom. I am a certified color master and hope to guide people with self-expression through their hair. Confidence starts at the crown.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Recently I posted on an Instagram caption, “From food stamps to getting flew’d out.” You can decipher that I’m sure, but I have nothing negative to say about my journey. It’s mine, and while it was hard as hell… I’m really proud of all that I’ve accomplished. I work hard for my family, and I make that known to everyone that supports me.

The best advice I can give is to really stay focused. We live in a world that demands instant results and thats not how reality works, especially the beauty industry. A craft takes time & dedication, the more you put into it, the more you will grow as an artist.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a certified craft color master, I take a lot of pride in being able to color all hair types. Haircolor is a beautiful form of self-expression, and something I really enjoy doing.

Textured hair has always been in my chair, but now we are seeing new techniques and haircare methods so clients can wear their hair in its natural form. It’s something I’ve recently been taking education courses in and really encouraging clients to take part in.

What sets me apart is that anyone is welcome in my chair, I provide a really safe space for my clients to share their stories, and be their true authentic selves. I provide care with family history from all over the world, from the tiny islands of Tonga to clients who wait for me to visit in Brooklyn, NY. My goal is to never change anyone but to really show them the best version of themselves.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Love shouldn’t stop you from following your dreams, ever.

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