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Life & Work with Bailey Oliver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bailey Oliver. 

Hi Bailey, 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 have always been interested in hair and makeup, ever since I could remember. At a very early age I started coloring my own hair and experimenting with my own makeup looks. That soon translated to doing my family members’ hair and eventually my friends as well. As I attended college, I worked various retail jobs, and yes, it was terrible. One day I decided, I have already been doing hair and makeup for as long as I can remember, why not make it a lucrative passion? So, I randomly quit my job and enrolled in Cosmetology school. I can definitely say that is one of the most reckless but yet best decisions I have ever made! I started out as a commissioned stylist at a private salon, that really helped me grow my clientele and figure out who I wanted to be as a stylist. After grinding it out for a little bit, I was able to become my own boss and I now have my own salon suite. I am super grateful for my amazing clients who support my small business and allow me to get creative with their hair, it’s so fun and exciting every day! 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has definitely NOT been a smooth road. For the first year or two, I bounced around from salon to salon. I’d say I moved through about eight salons through a short time frame. However, once I found a salon with a comfortable atmosphere and where I felt secure to grow as a stylist, that’s when things became a LOT easier. Becoming a great hairstylist, at least for me, is not being afraid to get creative and take risks to elevate your art. In order for that, you need to be confident and comfortable in your atmosphere. As soon as I found a salon that was a good fit for me, that’s when my career really began to flourish! Also, finding a good work/life balance can be a struggle when starting out as well. You always want to make everyone happy and try to fit everyone into your schedule as much as you can. I realized that is a VERY QUICK way to get burnout, and that will definitely reflect in your work. Taking time off is just as important as working, so be sure to always listen to your body and take care of your mental health! 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a licensed Cosmetologist. I have a private salon suite where I specialize in hair coloring, balayage, vivids, blonding, etc. I am most proud of my versatility when it comes to coloring, no job is too big for me to tackle! Something that sets me apart from others I would say would have to be my vivid colors. I do a LOT of vivid and fantasy hair colors; I think those get the most recognition out of my work. Also, my color corrections I think get a lot of love as well. 

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
When it comes to being a successful artist and running a successful business, I believe taking risks is a necessity! Just investing start-up costs in order to get a business going is a risk! I know it’s an old saying, but they say “anything in life worth having, is worth working for”, and I wholeheartedly believe that. Taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone is a MUST when it comes to having a successful business and being an entrepreneur. Also, sometimes it can be fun getting out of that comfort zone, you might learn something! I would definitely say I’m a risk-taker, for sure. 

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