Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Harris.
Hi Kimberly, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started braiding my hair in middle school because my hair was wild and thick and my mom didn’t know what to do with it. She would tell me my natural hair was beautiful, but I hated it personally. So I would braid two cornrows in the front of my hair like bangs and have a big afro puff in the back. As soon as I got good at that, my older sister became my first client!
I started braiding other kids’ hair at school during lunch break and try all kinds of crazy designs. Once I found out people would pay me to braid their hair, I quickly built clientele through my church family. I was in the 6th grade when I started traveling to the client’s homes to provide my braid services. My mom was a single mother of three, so I loved being able to buy food for us sometimes and help my mom out.
Now I am a licensed cosmetologist that has her own Braid Salon in my hometown!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being a full-time hairstylist/entrepreneur is not easy in the slightest. Outside of providing quality service, there is always something new to learn and ways to make your business better. Being your own boss takes a lot of hard work with extended hours, dedication, and passion. You have to take accountability for making good business decisions and creating strategies to accumulate and generate sales. Oftentimes people believe that working for yourself is an easy task, in my opinion, it’s the complete opposite. Despite the amount of obstacle I face, my passion for hairdressing and my connection with my clients makes everything worthwhile!
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?
I am a licensed cosmetologist that specializes in braids and hair extensions. I’m known for my Faux Loc styles and Box braid styles. I am proud to be a salon owner after many years of booth renting and traveling to clients, it feels good to have a shop home of my own. A lot of my clients tell me they love the vibes at my shop, it is a private salon that I booth rent to one other hairstylist. We usually watch something interesting on TV during my appointments and have good conversations. I like to take finishing photos in front of my grass wall decor to post on Instagram @kmariebraids.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Over the next 5-10 years, I see myself working in the TV/Film industry for hair and make-up! I’ve just booked my first paid film gig where I will receive a film credit for hair and makeup, I am so excited! I look forward to expanding my brand and skills as well as networking for new opportunities in the future!
Corrishawn Vaughn – lenn_m_photography (Profile photo)