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Meet Essence Crain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Essence Crain.

Hi Essence, 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 backstory with our readers?
My career in hair began my freshman year of college. My bestfriend trusted me to try a style on her, mind you I did not know what I was doing at all! Surprisingly the style ended up cute. I had the luxury of having a hairstylist that was also my mom, so I never took doing my own hair serious until I went to school without her.

It forced me to learn how to maintain upkeep on my hair and others around me that too were thrown into the wolves, not knowing how to do their own hair either. So I had to learn for us all! I didn’t really know I would be doing it at the capacity I am today because I never truly looked at doing hair as a true job until I gained an understanding for this luxurious industry. Around my junior year of college, I had a decent clientele, that’s the only job I had other than going to school. Fast forward to six mos. to a year after college, I started working in my mother’s salon and I am still currently here two years later.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. But I don’t at all regret any of it, they’ve been my biggest lessons. I learned to never get in any industry without creating a business plan, objectives for said business and a strong structured foundation. When I first started in my mother’s salon, I was kind of still operating as if I were a college hairstylist. I had no policy, no adequate pricing and the list goes on. I’ve learned a great deal why leaving no cracks in the foundation is so necessary.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a hairstylist/braider, I specialize in custom wigs, braids and sew-ins. I am a stylist that does a plethora of things, however I take pride in being great at all styles that I offer.

I’m most proud of how far I’ve come with braiding. I learned how to braid in college and it took me one day now to know that I’m a professional braider. You couldn’t have told me back then this would be my reality.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I’ve learned was to always lead a life with love in everything you do. No matter how tired, disappointed or unfair things feel, lead a life filled with love. I bring that into hair because I want all my clients to feel loved by someone. The art of doing hair is healing. I don’t take it for granted that someone (all my beautiful clients) trusts me in their head, that’s vulnerable and sacred to many, so I choose to bring love in the midst of that.


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