Today we’d like to introduce you to Rofyah Le.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rofyah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always had a love for hair, especially styling hair. I have three younger sisters so I always had a head of hair to play with. I remember in 5th and 6th grade, I styled my color guard team’s hair when we had performances. During middle school and high school dances, friends asked me to style their hair for the occasion. It all started out with braids and foam hair rollers. Now, I am a product and tool junkie and love using all kinds in my artistry. I dropped out of college my first year so that I could attend beauty school. After getting my license, I worked in the salon for 7 years but was never happy because I didn’t care to do any of the other services. I only love styling and wanted to get into a wedding and special occasion hairstyling. Back in those days, social media wasn’t around yet, so I didn’t have many resources to break into the industry unless I shelled out some money. I was in my early 20s, I didn’t have the funds so in between working at the salon and waitressing, I ended up going back to college and getting a degree. I quit the salon and went to work full time in various corporate jobs. It wasn’t until about 8 years ago, I met my wedding hairstylist who ended up starting her own company and asked me to be a part of her team. Now, I am a lead artist and a full-time freelance special occasion hairstylist and I have been loving every minute of it. I am raising two young boys and get to do hair whenever I want!
Has it been a smooth road?
Being an artist is quite the struggle. It was a difficult journey, emotionally and financially to start and takes a lot of energy and effort to keep yourself going. I struggled for the first 10 years of my professional career including quitting to do other things. If it wasn’t for the support among family, friends and especially my husband, I wouldn’t be where I am at. My advice is to keep going and don’t compare yourself and your work to anyone else. If anything, learn from others and incorporate new skills into your own style.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with HairByRofyah – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My artistry is on special occasion hairstyling. I mainly work on weddings, engagements, and photo shoots. My most favorite part of my art is an up-do. I have always had a love and appreciation for it because of the work and details that go into. The first hair show I went to, I saw the original up-do master himself, Martin Parsons and I was in awe. I know there are some great artists more so than ever but he was my idol and I still consider his work to be a classic. Most artists who have worked with me, know me as the girl who can whip up an up-do in like 30 mins and it will last all day! I am proud of that because weddings can be hectic and brides appreciate the timing and the consistency of my work. Most of my clients are referrals and seek my work out for my hairstyles. I offer soft, sweet and romantic looks for my clients that don’t look too overdone.
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
In general, I think that the biggest barrier is women empowerment. I feel that some women tend to bring others down and/or not share their artistry secrets among each other for fear of losing out on their own popularity. I love that social media has really helped artists grow because there are artists out there willing to share their skills with others, whether they are making a business out of it or not. When another woman asks me for help in hairstyling, I am always willing to help because I am proud of my work and it feels good if someone is asking for me for some good tips.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @hairbyrofyah
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