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Meet Trailblazer Allie Overholt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allie Overholt.

Allie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania where the options for me career-wise were very limited at the time, I decided to go to college. I originally wanted to go to school for fashion or photojournalism but being where I was from and not having any money that really wasn’t an option for me. One day, I was sitting in art class and these representatives from the school, I eventually ended up going to came into my class talking about cosmetology and media makeup and I was immediately interested. When I started hair school, I was so awful at it I almost gave up and being left handed my teachers didn’t really know how to handle me, but we made it work. I knew I wanted to do hair and I knew I wanted to get out of my small town and do something bigger. I’ve worked really hard the last ten years just trying to learn and grow as an artist and finding my aesthetic and I found that when I was working at a salon in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2017, when I moved to California, I knew I wanted to work for The Young American Salon and in all of 2018, I hustled doing a lot of free hair and a lot of hair that was challenging to me to build up the portfolio I needed to get where I needed to be. I started working there in October, and honestly, it’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve never been so on fire for my career and the fact that I get to make people feel genuinely good about themselves is the best part.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. When I first started out in my career it was impossible to get into the salon culture I wanted to be a part of because I had no real experience. I had to be a receptionist, I assisted, I worked at a blow dry bar, I took breaks, and I did a lot of free work just to have something to work with. I tried moving out to California once before right out of hair school and my license wouldn’t transfer so I worked dead-end jobs until I could do hair again. Even then, I freelanced and tried to get creative as much as possible. Honestly, though all those experiences kept a good head on my shoulders and made me extremely grateful to be where I am today. Your struggles make you stronger and I will always believe that and making hard scary decisions help you grow.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a hairstylist and I specialize in cutting short hair. Some people know me as the “bob father” because there was a period of time when the bob was really popular and that was all I was cutting. I would like to think I am known for my customized haircuts that are tailored more towards my client’s personal style and personality. I am most proud of my work in this last year and a half because I started with and from nothing and the growth has been incredible. I think especially in Orange County what sets me apart from all the other amazing hairstylists is my edge, I think I show a side of the OC that isn’t typical. Also, I think just making people feeling comfortable with themselves and who they are. I literally want to be best friends with every person that wants to sit in my chair.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I think it’s an amazing time to be a woman right now, more than ever actually. Our voices are becoming louder and more known and it’s an awesome thing to see evolve because we deserve it. I think there needs to be a woman as president and as we saw in the mid-term elections a lot of strong women especially women of color were voted in and it’s exciting. So, I would say the opportunities are endless especially if we keep fighting for them.

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1 Comment

  1. Alisha Cook

    May 21, 2019 at 05:27

    I just had the privilege of sitting in Allie’s chair and I can vouch for her authenticity, creativity and uniqueness. She is truly an artist, and a wonderful person to get to spend that hour with. I have found it incredibly hard to find a stylist in OC who would be able to look at my face and my hair type and whip something awesome up. Just like finding the right tattoo artist, before you decide to sit in a chair and give your money to someone, you want to know that person is truly an artist. Check out her portfolio and tell me you’re not impressed. Absolute beauty in each of her styles and you can tell each person feels radiant. I highly recommend Allie if you are looking for a stylist!

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