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The Day I Decided to Quit Doing Hair

The Day I Decided to Quit Doing Hair

The Day I Decided to Quit Doing Hair

I started attending “Bedside Baptist” church services via the Potters House with Bishop T.D. Jakes about 5 or more years ago. After working 14 hour days (9 at my day job and 4-6 hours at the salon) I needed Sundays to rest! I use to feel guilty about this – – and was judged by my church going family for not attending in-person church services. This judgement stopped when they too had to start online services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These services have been a blessing to me, Thank you Bishop Jakes.  But, I digress… This is what I want to share:

 

Tracey Hardaway

This Sunday (November 15, 2020), Bishop Jakes’ message entitled “The Rain Maker”, reminded me of the day I decided to quit doing hair.

I had just opened my salon in 2006 and was trying to grow my clientele. Like many new beauty professionals, I had a couple of customers follow me from cosmetology school. That evening one of them had scheduled a shampoo, roller-set, and style. I was glad for the appointment and grateful that she decided to support me beyond the discounted services offered at the cosmetology school. She was my only appointment that evening and after working on her for 4 hours I had made $55. Before she paid me, I went into the bathroom, cried, and had a brief conversation with the Lord that went something like this…

 

“Lord, I have just worked all day and I came here to do hair and all I made was $55? I cannot continue like this. What am I going to do?”

That $100 tip, was the confirmation I needed to continue on – – in faith — what I knew I was called and anointed to do.

I drove home that night in tears. I knew – -without a doubt – – that through her $100 tip, God was showing me that He was my source and my supply and that I was not alone.

Not long after that, I found my niche.  Helping women dealing with hair loss with non-surgical hair restoration through weaves, wigs, and extensions in private, one-on-one appointments. 

I  went from servicing 1 client $55 appointments to 1 client $500 to $1000 appointments.

This was my rain from the small cloud.

After that breakdown – – I took a deep breath, cleaned up my face, walked back into the room and told her the price. In my mind, that was going to be my last day. I was done.

No matter how much I loved doing hair, $55 simply was not worth the time and sacrifice away from my family.

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But, to my surprise, she paid me $155.

What she did not know is that her generous tip was “the small cloud” I needed to show me that my rain was coming.

My Rain

Helping women dealing with hairloss with non-surgical hair restoration through weaves, wigs, and extensions in private, one-on-one appointments. 

I  went from servicing 1 client $55 appointments to 1 client $500 to $1,000 appointments.

Are You Thinking About Quitting?

 

Perhaps you are worrying, struggling, wondering if you have what it takes, or maybe even waiting for a breakthrough in your business.

 

I encourage you to keep looking for your “small cloud” and when it comes, you will say, “That’s It”.   I am going to make it. I can do this.  I am gifted.  I am capable.  I am worthy.

 

Take a moment and listen to this sermon.  I know it will bless you.   Thank you Bishop Jakes!

 

Hey, 

I want to be your coach to help you find your niche and grow your business.  

It Was Scary! But I did it anyway.

In 2006 (immediately after getting my cosmetology license) I opened my own salon suite business.  I did this before the salon suite chains like Sola Salons and Phenix salons suites became popular…I’ll tell you more about this later. I had no clientele, no experience, and very little money. Fast forward and I design beauty websites, conduct advanced cosmetology training and business workshops, rent salon suites, and provide plan of advice to beauty professionals.

If someone would have told me when I started my career that I would take my experience working over 30 years as an administrator the federal government, 20+ years knowledge as an entrepreneur and business owner, research, successes and failures and even “what the &$!#%” moments” experience a be a resource to help other beauty professionals – I would have said there is now way.  How can I do this while…

1.  Being a wife and mother of 2 young children.  

2.  Work a full-time job.

3.  Develop my skills by becoming a certified non-surgical hair replacement specialist and

4.  Run a service based business at the same time.

When I graduated from cosmetology school I knew that there were 3 things I needed to succeed.

 

Place – Resource – Network

 

 

1. Place – to do business

2. Resources – to get my business up and running

3. Network – of support to enhance my skills so that I could be the best stylist and business owner possible.