Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashlei Starks.
Ashlei, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Since I was 11 years old, I have always has a passion for hair. I would sit on my grandmother’s porch after school to braid my friend’s hair. I continued this journey throughout my college days and decided to take it more seriously.
Not only have I received the opportunity to do a multitude of styles on my clients, I have also launched various hair products and accessories to promote healthy hair and beauty.
Has it been a smooth road?
This has definitely been a crazy journey for me. After graduating college, I was trying to fulfill my dream of working in a law firm and potentially becoming a lawyer. This caused me to put my business on hold in order to achieve this. Lord knows me and hair couldn’t stay away from each other for too long, so I started back doing hair on a part-time schedule.
Eventually, I would stop working my full-time job and do hair full-time for almost a year. I started to notice that I needed more funding for my hair business and other bills began to pile up so I had to go back to work.
Currently, I am a full-time hairstylist and a full-time corporate worker trying to juggle both the best I can.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ashhlanay Beauty Kollection – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Ashhlanay Beauty Kollection was created to promote both beauty and health amongst your hair. Healthy hair and protective styles have been important to me all my life so I wanted to be able to educate and provide clients with beauty works of art on their hair.
I am known for being a well-rounded hairstylist that can execute almost any style. My favorite styles to do are: braids, wigs and weaves.
I am proud that my company continues to expand and I am adding in more products that’ll help each client. My adaptable personality allows me to service all types of individuals.
My ability to understand that every client is different and meeting the expectation of each client. Every client that leaves my chair can say they’ve either: learned how to start a new business venture, got some personal advice, learned about a new show all while rocking a new DO!!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that we have a mixture of cultures. I have been able to converse with all types of people and learn so much about their obstacles and success. I can say that 60% of my business has grown due to client interaction.
I feel like there is so much competition in our city. I love that everyone is stepping outside the box and becoming their own bosses.
- Hair Potion (Hair Oil) – $8
- Magical Hair Foam – $8
- Hair Clips – $3
- Magical Lash Glue – $12
- Mink Lashes – $12
- 3D Lashes – $6