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Daily Inspiration: Meet Leslie Ashburn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie  Ashburn.

Hi Leslie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I decided to go to cosmetology school for more than one reason. I was in the middle of a custody battle and I felt like if I had a steady career that would help me along my way in the courts as well as provide the life I want to provide for my kids.

However, I chose cosmetology because I saw how a simple haircut could empower me. I tell this story all the time because I remember it is how I operate behind the chair. At the height of my custody battle, my hair took a beating.

It seemed the only thing in the world I had control over. I remember very vividly, one day I walked into one of those walk-in “get ’em in getting ’em out” type places. I showed the hairstylist the haircut I wanted.

This hairstylist took her time explaining why the haircut wouldn’t work for my hair type, AND she showed me something similar that would work better. She spent 45 minutes of her time not only hearing me out, and asking questions about my lifestyle and how I cared for my hair, but she also took time teaching me how to style my new haircut.

She made me feel like I was the most important person in the world at a time when I felt like my world was crumbling. My passion is to make my clients feel the same. My goal is to help people feel as beautiful/handsome as they truly are inside and out.

I am even in the process of starting up my own salon, one where my stylists and clients will feel supported and encouraged through their journey. I’m excited about this next chapter!

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?
Absolutely not. I was fired from my first salon in the first week for being (Her words not mine) too eager. I worked at another salon where the trainer looked me dead in the eye and said “You’re not a stylist.” for a long time, I worked at a walk-in salon that focused more on the number of people we brought in rather than the experience of the client.

That just simply did not align with my motives and it was a miserable place to work. So I decided it was time to break out on my own and be my own boss. I wasn’t booth renting for more than 7 months when the pandemic shut me down for 3 months. That was a scary time for sure, but I spent that time taking business classes and classes to better my skill level.

And when we returned to work, I quickly saw that I no longer fit at the salon I was working in, so I made the difficult decision to move salons again during the pandemic. The beauty industry can sometimes be toxic and competitive, and that’s just not the energy I want to bring to my services.

I have found myself in a salon, now, that encourages growth and learning. It seems that has been my best decision yet.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in precision hair cuts and vivid hair colors.

I have the most fun when a client comes to me and says “Here’s my budget… Have fun!” and hands me the reigns.

Probably the most fulfilling experiences are when I turn the client around and they tear up.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Join as many Facebook groups as you can that surround your industry. Ask questions, and let your presence be known. Also, do not be afraid to invest in yourself and your career.

I have met some of my closest Mentors and allies just from taking a leap of faith and going to conferences.

Pricing:

  • Cuts $37+
  • Color $55+
  • Corrective/vivid color $65/hr

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