HUSTLE FILE #76: Susan Harman

NAME: Susan Harman

OCCUPATION: Hairdresser extraordinaire

LOCATION: Salon Sessions in Pasadena, California

WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: Making people feel good about themselves through their hair. I come from a “wash and wear” school of thought, which is about creating a cut that looks good even without styling. But, when it comes to styling, I teach my clients how to do it the easiest way possible. As for color, my style makes it so people don’t feel like slaves to their roots.

WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: I have a background in fine art, but always felt so alone in the studio while working on a sculpture or painting. Being behind the chair with my hands in clients’ hair allows me to not only be creative, but also social. Making people feel good makes me happy. Hair is the outfit you never take off, so it should “fit” well and feel great too!

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY 3 TOOLS FOR YOUR HUSTLE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE: 7-inch scissors, comb, soft bristle brush.

A WORD OF ADVICE TO WANNABE: Two things: (1) Controlling hair will come as you practice. It’s a fabric of sorts and can be a bit like folding a fitted sheet in the beginning. What I learned from my mentors is that if your hands look elegant while creating, you’re most likely creating something great; (2) Keep up with the latest trends and techniques by taking advanced classes. Practice makes perfect!

About Shannon Flaherty

Writer. Creative. Freelancer. Freebird.
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