Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Kacin.
Hi Angel, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was the child of addicts, I grew up with my mother and stepdad I had the childhood trauma that comes with that type of upbringing, at 17 I was kicked out of my stepdad’s house. I spent the seven years after a lost girl with no sense of purpose or worth, I had no survival skills, I dropped out of high school a few months before graduation to try and provide for myself, with really no understanding of how to take care of myself. I was 25 when I enrolled in beauty school, I was divorced with two children under the age of five one of them autistic. I took my ged test not having studied and passed first time, I did night school. My mother who was close to ten years homeless gave me the deposit to enroll. That still makes me tear up the 150 dollars to start was so much money to her and she in her poverty invested in me to provide for my children. Beauty school was the first thing I ever completed and it wasn’t easy to do, there are many angels to thank for the journey. It was the chain broken from a family that gave up on people and themselves, it’s not bitterness that says that it is just the ugly truth of generational curses.
Going through beauty school and even the few years after I was living an ugly life, the pride of having come a little further than my mother made me forget who invested in me. I made mistakes of an addict, at 27 in some miracle I think God took control of my life. I know that might sound cliche but before then I was selfish putting men and drugs before my children and myself. I am 35 now, I have dual licenses in cosmetology and as an instructor. I was thirty-working two jobs, teaching night school at Ogle, and working days in the salon. I say all these things because this is the unashamed truth, I know what it is like to work in salons where management treated me like I would never be successful, I know what it is like to want to quit life, school, careers. I know what it is like to work more than seeing my children, I know what it is like to cry in my closet, I know what it is like to look at my children and think “if the people I work with treat me like trash, I will take it to provide me their happiness.”
I know what it is like to be on food stamps and Medicaid. I know what it is like to work 15 days straight because making 26,000 a year with two children was too much to receive food stamps and Medicaid. I know what it is like to finally jump and go into business for myself, I know the fear and I know the excitement of success. I am ten years into this career. May was the one-year anniversary of being self-employed. Lovestoriesinamirror is my business name, I have two awesome children. I am in a booth rent at Salon and Spa Galleria praying for the right time that God wants me to move into a suite. I think learning to trust God’s timing is always a thing, but I don’t want to go where God hasn’t called me. I have incredible clients, I am super blessed, I know a lot of hairstylists that have similar stories and I think it speaks to our industry that so many people from ugly backgrounds have life purpose to help people feel beautiful internally and externally. I am still learning and thankful to all the angels and people who didn’t give up on me.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Faith, Ignorance, depression, nearly homeless, having hurt people, lack of family, money, self-esteem, drug addiction, finding value, daddy issues, confidence, being overworked and being underpaid.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a hairstylist specializing in color. I am proud of getting healing from trauma and choosing to continue to learn. What sets me apart, goodness I think people would say my personality may be my neon green hair.
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
That I am an extrovert at the salon but an introvert outside of the salon. I love people but I am around conversation all the time at work, maybe that I am afraid and struggle with those fears of ever being homeless, of failure,
- Website: Lovestoriesinamirror.com
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