Say ‘hair-lo’ to Princess Deshong, a budding hairstylist; in the interview below, the talented beauty tells us all about her passion for hair, how she got started and more.
YO:Tell us a bit about yourself.
Princess: I am a 20 year old self-taught hairstylist and entrepreneur from La guerre, Babonneau. I attended the Entrepot Secondary School, and I’m currently enrolled in an online college studying Business Management. I really enjoy singing, dancing and of course, styling hair; I specialize in “weaveology”. Apart from this, I do slick ponytails, relaxers, colour,steams, install, create and customize lacefrontal units. I also provide a few make-up services such as eyebrow filling in and shaping, simple face beats and I also install individual and eyelash strips.
YO:How long have you been a hair stylist?
Princess: I have been a hairstylist to the public for eight months now and I have been one to friends and family members for almost 11 years.
YO:Who or what inspired you to go in this direction?
Princess: At school, when my teachers asked me what I wanted to become, I would tell them that I want to have my own business or become self-employed by being a hairstylist. What really pushed me into actually making my dream become a reality, is this book named “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. I read this book and I became so inspired to start my business. I was not ready at all mentally; I had no clients to begin with, but I had a lot of faith and I was willing to take the risk and that was just enough to start off. I met up with a family member of mine who is an entrepreneur aswell. He was the one who hooked me up with the first station I rented. He also inspired me to start my business with some wise words.
YO:What do you love most about what you do?
Princess: The thing I love most about what I do is when I’m done with a client, and she’s absolutely satisfied. It really warms my heart and that’s literally the thing I love most!
YO: Tell us about some of the challenges that come with being a young entrepreneur and how you overcome it.
Princess: One of the challenges that come with being a young entrepreneur who is just starting out is ofcourse, building a clientele. Success doesn’t come easy you have to take the stairs. You have to be consistent and that’s something that I preach to myself every day. Eventually everything will fall into place.
YO: What advice would you offer to other young entrepreneurs?
Princess: To the young entrepreneurs out there, the best advice I would give is to remain focused and be consistent! Develop a strong relationship with GOD! Don’t listen to the negative voices around you or in your head. Put your pride aside and do what needs to be done for your business. When you think of doing something that you believe will help your business and a negative thought crosses your mind, just say I’ll do it anyway. Saying this helps me a lot and it will do the same for you. Always keep in mind that no one can take away what’s destined to be yours. Stay true to you and your journey and trust the process.
YO: Where do you see yourself in the future?
Princess: In the future I see myself owning beauty clinics locally and regionally. I will definitely be having my very own wig line and much more interesting things that I would rather persons see for themselves. One thing for sure is that I don’t see myself being known only in St.Lucia. My work will be known and seen internationally. When I think of expanding my business, I don’t envision it growing only locally. My mind is way past that. There are no limits when it comes to my dreams and goals.
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