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Rising Stars: Meet Meagan Leach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meagan Leach.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born in a small town in Indiana and raised on a farm, but knew I was meant to be in the beauty industry. After high school, I went straight into beauty school. I worked at a salon in small-town Indiana for three years and was able to build very quickly. I realized that I was itching for more. After getting married, my husband and I moved across the country on our own to Arizona while he went to audio school for a year, and after that we took the leap to move to Los Angeles. I met a stylist that took me under her wing and hired me as soon as I moved to town. Eight months after we moved, the whole world shut down due to covid. I struggled during that time since I had already felt like the little fish in a big sea of brilliant artists, but I hung in there and our business survived shut down. After working another year, I was able to build very quickly and become self-employed as my own boss. I now am standing stronger than ever as my own as an artist and specialize in color and vivid looks. I’m very grateful for how far I have come in these past three years I’ve been here!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I had many struggles on my journey. I was 23 when I married and moved across the country with my husband. I left everything I knew and started over. As a woman who struggles with anxiety, every new step can be difficult. It was very difficult to be in a new state away from family and also find a good salon to work at during my year in AZ. We struggled financially with my husband being in school full time in an intense program and myself not making a lot as a fresh face in a salon with no clientele. After our brief stay in AZ, moving to Los Angeles was also a huge change. I was the small fish in a huge sea of amazing artists! My confidence was a bit shaken and I had to learn and grow very quickly as a person and artist in a big city. As I started to get comfortable with my new home and build a clientele, the whole world shut down due to covid. My whole world was shaken again, as were many others. My husband and I were out of jobs for months and months, we thought we may have to move back home, and I thought I may not ever get to go back to working in a salon! We chose to stay in LA and wait it out. Things have been rough the past couple of years, but the business survived, and about nine months after shut down, I was able to go back to work and start rebuilding again! A year later, I was able to start working as self-employed, built a great clientele, and have grown immensely as an artist and person. Through struggle comes great strength!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a cosmetologist. I do everything from cutting to color and styling. I specialize in color and more specifically, vivid coloring. I create colorful, bold looks that set people apart in a crowd. From rainbow to neons and patterned hair colors, I can create just about anything my client can dream of with the right canvas. I’m very proud of my vivid looks. When a client lets me get creative and gives me free reign, I create things that I would’ve never thought I could do years ago when I was just a small-town girl in rural Indiana. My vivid and bold looks set me apart, but on top of that, I truly love my clients and always stay true to my midwestern kindness I learned growing up. Making my clients happy and treating people with kindness is always my priority.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
Honesty, it’s hard to choose just one! I’m so blessed to have had the childhood I did. I grew up on a farm with a humble upbringing and an amazing family. It truly taught me how to be a hard worker, an independent woman, and to be humble and thankful for everything.

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