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Life & Work with Synleseh Burnett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Synleseh Burnett.

Hi Synleseh, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I got my start at the age of 13 braiding hair in my middle school cafeteria. In the early days while practicing, I would work on friends and family members for free. At around 16, I started helping out in a family friend’s newly open salon on weekends and summer breaks. That’s when the seed was truly planted. After high school, I tried the college route a couple of times but to no avail being that I couldn’t find out what I truly wanted to do with my life. Even through those years and into my corporate life, I would still find myself doing hair and enjoying the feeling that it gave my clients(friends/family) until one day my boyfriend and now husband saw how good I was at my craft and found out that I was doing hair more for the love of doing it and not the money and from there he told me I should start taking it more seriously and charging more of a competitive rate. So long story short, my promising corporate job that I was at for six years fell through and went out of business leaving me unemployed with two kids and one on the way. After being a stay at home mom for about a year, I knew I needed to do something with my life and cosmetology school was always heavy on my mind.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road getting to the point where I am at. I have a young family and my husband was transitioning from a job to running a business, just being able to attend beauty school five days a week all day was one of the most challenging things to do. From almost being evicted to car being repo’d was very hard to do running a full household and business and paying for cosmetology school was a lot to balance all at one time. As far as where I am at business-wise, I had concerns while I was in school as to how am I going to get clients, are they going to like the environment that I set, how am I going to cultivate a new client base to support my business and keep it afloat. So after cosmetology school, I got a part-time job at dry bar after I got my first booth just so I could have consistent income until I got on my feet and was able to curate my client base. One of the main tools that I used to grow and cultivate my client base was targeted promoting via social media sites. I knew my quality of work was really good and the more people that my post reached the more books filled up also after I upgraded to a private suite my previous and new clients really enjoyed the environment that I set which is conducive to young kids all the way up to Doctors, lawyers, directors, etc… With all that going for me, my books were so filled that when the pandemic hit, I had to cancel over 60 appointments once the state decided to close salons.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I would say I’m known for providing a luxury braid experience being that I’ve been doing this for over 15 years, I consider myself a master Braider. I think some of my distinguishing elements is that I just don’t only braid I offer a full menu of services that one I’m licensed to do and two I’m good at doing. My clients and following love my silk presses, I also do extensions, I love styling hair and adding my creative talents to any canvas that comes into my chair. What I am most proud of is I got that hunger for more, I’m always looking to learn new styles and techniques. I recently took a Sew-in class that felt very natural and easy to do, so I look to build up my skills in that realm of the hair game as well. I would think the overall experience of being in my chair having a scintillating conversation about whatever comes up intertwined with a relaxing private clean professional environment is mainly what differentiates me from others.

How do you define success?
At this point in my life, I would consider success as being able to take care of my family without being absent from their daily lives like when I was working my last job. To be able to make my business moves and be hands on as a mother and a wife is very gratifying.


  • 75.00 silk presses
  • 275.00 medium knotless box braids
  • $75.00 Mens Braids
  • $225.00 Medium box braids

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