Today we’d like to introduce you to Vivian Young.
Vivian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up, hair wasn’t something I thought about pursuing as a career. I had other plans after graduating from high school and thought I knew what I wanted to do. So much has changed since then and it blows my mind looking back at how differently my life has turned out from what I pictured. I always tell people that when I decided to join cosmetology, I joined thinking I was going to learn how to become a makeup artist, not a hair stylist. I did enjoy hair, but I loved doing makeup so much more. When I started my first day of class, they handed us our bags with shears, combs, doll heads, and a blow dryer. I remember being so confused. I went home that day and told my boyfriend that I had made a big mistake and that I didn’t see myself doing hair. After our conversation, he convinced me to at least give it a try. He said if it was truly something I wasn’t enjoying or didn’t have a passion for, to walk away. About a month into school, I found myself really opening up to the idea of becoming a hair stylist as I began to really enjoy it. I finished my program, received my cosmetology license, and accepted a job as a hair stylist assistant soon after graduating. I was so happy to be working alongside an amazing stylist who I was able to learn so much from. My interest and love for hair continued to grow. I finally took the next step and accepted my current position as a hair stylist in a salon in Azusa CA. I feel so accomplished in having my own chair and feel so blessed to have people in my life who pushed me out of my comfort zone. They encouraged me to try something I knew very little about and I ended up finding a new passion I never knew I had.
Has it been a smooth road?
I believe that in any career there are always going to be struggles. If you find something you love and have a passion for it, you will find ways to work through them. One of the biggest struggles I faced along the way was building a clientele. When I first started out, all I had were friends, family and the occasional walk in client. It can be a little discouraging at first when you are starting out and you aren’t getting many clients. Most days, I found myself sitting, waiting for someone to make an appointment or to walk in. I would come home emotionally exhausted asking myself if I had made the right career choice.
I truly love doing hair, which is what helped me persevere. I started posting more of my work on social media and actively reaching out to people. I can be more of a shy person, so I struggled with coming out of my comfort zone. This career has pushed me to not only open up more, but also taught me to keep an open mind no matter how difficult things can get.
Please tell us about your business.
I am a hairstylist that has been in the hair industry for five years. I love being able to bring someone’s vision to life and seeing a client leave with a big smile on their face. It is so rewarding. My work ranges from color, cuts, up do’s, and more. I love when I am able to work on clients who want to go blonde. I feel like adding brightness can really change someone’s look. I believe there are so many different versions of blonde you can create.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I grew up in Ontario, CA and moved to West Covina about five years ago. Living in West Covina is convenient since it’s about 15 to 20 minutes away from Azusa CA where I work. Ontario, to me, was much more of a quiet place. There wasn’t much to do and there weren’t many places to visit. I love that West Covina/La Puente is more fast paced. I have fallen in love with this area. There are many great places here, from the malls, to the different restaurants, entertainment spots, and different businesses.
- Female haircuts 35$ Includes blow dry and style
- Balayage 180$ and up
- Highlights start at 120$
- Website: https://beautyjunkievee2.wixsite.com/mysite
- Phone: 626.676.7634
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beautyjunkievee/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/bellus-hair-studio-azusa?q=vivian