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Conversations with Alejandra Gaytan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alejandra Gaytan.

Hi Alejandra, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
So I started my journey in my late teens early teens. I’m sitting in college orientation thinking I wanted to become a veterinarian, I come from a first-generation family so this is what’s expected. For some reason, I can’t stop thinking about Edward Scissorhands. Yeah, the movie. I just loved how free and happy he made people. How fashion-forward the cuts were. The Attitudes change with their new cuts. I hated college. My mom was always so supportive she surprised me with a beauty school pamphlet she knew I wanted to be creative. I toured schools with my mom and when I found one I loved, we broke the news to my dad, he was upset obviously. But he was happy for me in the end. I chose to go to Aveda institute, I danced through school. I was so happy and knew I made the right decision. I assisted two top colorists in Beverly Hills for 3.5 years then another 2 with a celebrity extension artist Priscilla Valles. She became my mentor in this industry I was so lucky. I got to work with so many talented and successful people. Nine years later, I’m Working with top brands, Hollywood’s elite and having a chair at my dream salon. While I do freelance most of the time, Bomane salon has the best support system there is. Drea and Sonny have always wanted the best for me. If there’s anything I learned is hard work pays off, keep good company, a smile goes a long way and good hard work pays off.

Alright, 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?
No, not at all. Like I mentioned my father wasn’t supportive. I come from a first-generation family so college was mandatory. I also think those assisting years get to you to the whole stigma of paying your dues really gets to you. It weeds out the weak though

there were nights where I would have to drive 3 1/2 hours to get to work every day because I couldn’t afford to live near the salon. Living paycheck to paycheck having five roommates in a two-bedroom house, I remember sleeping in my car one night because we got off work at 1 AM and I had to be at the salon the next day to set up at 5 AM. I wouldn’t change anything for the world because it made me who I am today though

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Yeah, of course, I specialize in lived-in color and extensions but only keratin tips and tape in extensions I don’t do any other type of extensions. I worked hard to master my craft and I truly believe in the services I supply so I only want to do what I know I’m best at. I think lived in hair is so timeless and effortless and I don’t think that’s going away anytime soon it’s just very low maintenance…

I mean, I think would set me apart from everyone else is I Want to be happy with the work as well and I’ll be honest with you and let you know what I think is best. I’m also a huge perfectionist. I mean if you’ve talked to anyone that I worked on there’s been times where I literally can’t sleep because I don’t like how one foil or one extension looked or if something was missing so I’ll call the client back and ask if I can fix it even if they loved it I really want to be happy with it as well.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
This is kind of a tricky question. I think taking risks are a part of life but I mean as far as my career, I think I did take a couple of risks you know I was let go for my first assistant job I took a risk going to a different salon and then I took a risk quitting that to go to my salon that I am now and I’ve been there for over five years and I’ve never been happier but I just think taking risks are important in life and I do believe in a gut feeling and I do believe a Researched opinion.

I guess in life, I took a risk on dropping out of college and following my dream and going against my Family traditions. That turned out to be the greatest risk of all.

Pricing:

  • Color /balayage: 425+

Contact Info:

  • Email: Alejandragaytan007@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Alejandralizet1
  • Other: TikTok Alejandrasays

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