Today we’d like to introduce you to Hanna Galicia.
Hanna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I stared at the beauty industry when I was 17 years old, I went to cosmetology school because my mom told me to go to cosmetology, so I can do her hair and my sisters. I am the 2nd of four sisters, yes, four girls, my older sister Patty, my sister Delia and my little sister, Lory. They were my hair models at the beginning of my career. After a few years, we moved to the states and after validating my studies and got my license, I went back to the beauty business, I did many things. My aunt who is a former cosmetologist and I open a small hair salon in Downtown LA. When I become a mother of my first daughter, I started doing freelance and enroll myself in a makeup Academy, at that moment, I decide to go forward bridal business, so I could work on weekends and take care of my baby girl during the week. The bridal business is amazing and I really enjoyed but then, I was like okay, I can go back to the salon I was missing doing hair color and cuts. I found a semi-private mini-suite in the City of El Segundo and I started to work there, running my own business, my own clientele. Thanks to an amazing client who recommend me with the girls at Univision radio. I started doing some hair and makeup for their events, commercials and other tv events.
I love doing bridal hair and makeup, balayage and hair cuts during the week, I feel like my life is great, I do what I love, I work with an amazing team in an amazing city. I am beyond blessed.
Has it been a smooth road?
No it has not been easy, when your first language is not the English language, you come across difficulties, but it all depends on you. How big are your dreams? At the beginning it was hard to learn the language, could not understand much, I went to take English classes, listened to music and movies with subtitles. That helped me a lot. There were times that I would go to school and then go work, But I wanted to converse with others practicing my English skills and it worked. Also my husband helped me a lot with the language. He has been very supportive since the beginning.
My advice is to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy, find your niche. And it doesn’t matter how many times people say no to you, if you believe in your self, you can be whatever you want. Keep dreaming.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with your business – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialized in hair do’s and makeup for brides (weddings) this brings out the best in me, I enjoy it. The costumers I have like my style of Makeup, Its natural makeup.
I enjoy styling hair / makeup and being part of photoshoots, events and magazines. The ambiance is fun and i get to meet new people.
I’m proud also because a friend and I have a foundation. she donates two dresses and I volunteer my time in providing makeup and hair dos for two girls attending prom. and the parents will no have this expense. This will be our 3rd year doing this an feels rewarding.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
- Website: www.hannagalicia.com
- Phone: 310-743-3182
- Email: HANNASMAKEUP@YAHOO.COM
- Instagram: @hannagmua
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