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Rising Stars: Meet Christina Gandara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Gandara. 

Hi Christina, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was a stay-at-home mom who also worked part-time as a preschool teacher around my children’s schedule. As my last child was reaching kindergarten, I decided to take a leap of faith and go to cosmetology school at 36 years old. I was the oldest student that attended at that time. After graduating I began working at Jc Penny Which is called InStyle salon. I worked there over a year trying to build a clientele. I slowly started building and then Covid happened. After I returned back it was a different atmosphere and things were a bit slow. I decided to take another leap of faith and applied for a boutique Salon named Eclektica Salon located in Briar Cliff Village. I have grown so much. My clientele has grown as well: The salon I work for has invested in me as a stylist by training me and offering classes and education to keep my artistry up to par. I am blessed, I enjoy making my clients feel beautiful. I enjoy the conversations and the relationships I have built with my clients. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely wasn’t a smooth road. Going to cosmetology school was probably the hardest. Going from an available parent to not available was very hard for me and my children. They were used to having me around all the time to always being gone at school. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a very diverse stylist. I can do many things. From Blondes, coppers and reds, dimensional colors, Balayage, Curly and textured cuts, men fades, updos for special occasions, makeup, relaxers for textured hair. I love it all. When I was in cosmetology school, I strived to learn everything. I always had a passion for hair and makeup as a teenager. I was 20 when I got pregnant with my daughter and going to cosmetology school was on hold for a bit literally until I was 36. But it definitely was worth the wait ‘cause I am more mature and more focused on what I want and more goal-oriented. 

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Always willing to learn is the key. Taking notes from other successful people. Taking risk. 

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