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Life and Work with LeAna Mcknight

Today we’d like to introduce you to LeAna Mcknight.

LeAna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My introduction to the beauty industry was introduced to me in high school, is that, I went to a magnet vocational school. Cosmetology was introduced to me early in my life. Learning the in and out the science of hair was interesting to me that I wanted to learn more along with practice on anyone who would let me. I started out practicing on family and friends, which is pretty typical in this field; but it allowed me to improve my craft.

After receiving my Cosmetology license, I went on to be a shampoo apprentice, assistant, commission stylist, to finally renting my own chair. I didn’t start seeing real revenue until I took a leap of faith to stand on my own. Although, my past positions definitely prepared me for what was to come and talk with a veteran hairstylist in the industry.

After years of honing in on my craft then moving to Los Angeles in 2014, this is when my career took a turn for the better! From being published in Modern Salon, Sophisticate’s Black Hair, and Hair Stare Magazine. Now, currently the Hairstylist for CBS Television Daytime show Bold and Beautiful; also, went on to work with Double Platinum Recording Artist Rich the Kid, Angie Nwandu founder of The Shaderoom, Music Artist Dawn Richard from Danity Kane, I’ve had the pleasure of assisting onset with Kerry Washington OPI, Styled Head of hair for the Movie Kinky, styled for American Idol Farewell Season Winner Candice Glover, styled Actress Jazmine Lewis from Barbershop, styled Sasha Gates from Wags, styled Music Artist/ Miss USA Tucker Perry, styled Actress/Comedian Cocoa Brown, styled Actress & Artist Rebecca Crews, NBC 6 News Anchor Maquel Sennet, and the list goes on…

My journey has truly been a learning one and a blessing!

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey has definitely not been a smooth one! However, I wouldn’t have changed it or written my story any other way, as I’ve learned a lot along with learning myself. Some struggles that I had and most artists have, is understanding your worth and having confidence in your work. Another struggle that I had was trusting the course. In this business, you can’t compare your journey with another artist as everyone’s journey is different and life lessons are different if you try to follow someone else path you are destined to fail! Always stay true to self and learn from every mistake, NO REGRETS! Every mistake you make you can learn from whether big or small.

My advice for young women who want to be in the Beauty Industry (MUA, Hairstylist, Fashion stylist, Esthetician) your going to have slow days, but don’t panic, use those slow days to practice on your art or for spiritual guidance. Always stay busy, never idle. Idol mines allow for the devil to strike and plant negative thoughts, one cant excel with a negative mind. My last advice is to always saves for a rainy day and never live beyond your means.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Stylist Lee Hair Studio – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Stylist Lee Hair Studio is a private salon suite located in the heart of Hollywood! I specialize in all ethnicity of hair from silky straight, to curly, and kinky, precision cutting, natural hair care, coloring, micro link extensions & weaving services, and chemical services. Although I’m best known for my Extension Installs & My Awesome Virgin Hair from “SL Raw Virgin Hair”, preferably my lace frontal installs and lace closures install are my popular services. My clients also LOVE the Pure Raw Virgin Indian Hair that I offer which can be ordered online at www.slrawvirginhair.com. I always believe in the care and health of hair; I teach my clients that beauty is brought from within then out, which means to take care of the foundation first.

What sets me apart from others is that I actually CARE about my clients that sit in my chair. When I’m working, I’m not just styling and slapping something in their head, I actually want to learn their hair, their habits, and teach them the proper upkeep for everyday life. Receiving a flawless hairstyle in the process is just a plus, but the education & knowledge is what you pay for.

I’m most proud of being known and glorified as the most Professional Black Owned Hairstylist that my clients have ever been to. I enjoy that they enjoy me and my service. I’m more proud of the smiles that leave my studio every time and knowing that I had a part in that.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Some barriers that I have experience being a female and black female is always having to prove myself and being politicly correct. Unfortunately, this is something you can’t avoid but you can make the best of the situation. The best way to address a situation like this is to let your work speak for itself.

Pricing:

  • Silk Press start $90 -up
  • Relaxer Style start $90 – up
  • Traditional Sew in start $360 _up
  • Micro Links $7 per strand
  • Lace closure Sew in start $390 -up

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Image Credit:

Rich the kid, Angie Nwandu, Stylist Lee, Karla Mosely

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1 Comment

  1. Luna polynice

    August 27, 2018 at 04:10

    😄 I’m trying to get my money up. so I can get this experience. 😍Mrs. McKnight has the best personality, her work is everything !!!!!!

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