#boutlastnight I have been out of hair school nearly a decade. I went to school in New York, assisted for a year up there and came back to Texas. I NEVER thought I’d be a colorist, I wanted to be a editorial stylist and travel. Not be beholden to a daily clientele. Work life in Texas is way different for me then when I was in New York. As much as I miss the energy, the talent and the overall opportunities that city presented me, I love where I’m at today and proud of my hair journey. When I moved back to Texas I ate shit for 3 more years as a assistant and started completely over as a stylist learning coloring. I lived hand to mouth and was constantly told I’d never make it. That I wasn’t talented. “That you can only lead a horse to water.” One of the ONLY people at the beginning of my career that believed in me was my counselor at the Aveda Institute in NYC. I kept his belief in me in the back of my mind constantly. Remember, the struggle is REAL, it’s hard AF and it is LONG! Nearly 8 years later, I’m my OWN BOSS and control every aspect of my career. I pick who I want to work with, create my OWN vibe and do what I want. It’s beyond liberating and gratifying to know that if you stick it out long enough, it’s worth it.