Today we’d like to introduce you to Domonique McCornell.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Domonique. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In high school, I was the furthest thing from a “cool kid”. I had two MAYBE three friends in high school. I really disliked the school that I attended. Not to mention my freshman year I always got taunted by the same two girls. So I really kept to myself as this was going on. One day in homeroom someone I knew of was filling out a paper. So I asked her what it was, her reply was “it’s for cosmetology. You stay at this school for one period then transfer to a different school for the rest of the day.”
My first thought was SIGN ME UP! So that’s exactly what I did. After I did I had to be interviewed for program so I made sure I was sharp that day. Shortly after I learned I had been excepted! I was so excited not really having a passion for it but just glad to not be at the other high school. I took the course my junior and senior year. Being apart of the program I grew to love doing hair. Once I graduated high school I went to state board and passed for my license. So every since my graduation year I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist. It’s crazy how God works because I never thought doing hair would be my profession but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
Has it been a smooth road?
No, I don’t believe anything in the life of an entrepreneur is a smooth road. When I first started off I went straight into a booth rental salon. Hugh mistake because I had no clientele but to the owner, it didn’t matter I still had to pay booth rent. Now I was ignorant to how booth rental worked. So there was one week I didn’t have any clients so in my mind I didn’t have to pay. WRONG. I tried to explain to her but until I paid I couldn’t work. Without a place to work OR materials, I couldn’t make any money. So I had to start working at Great Clips until I could afford to pay her the week I had missed so I could get my products and hot tools back. Fortunately, I finally could pay her but even after I remained at Great Clips for a while.
Fast forward to my move to Texas. Now, this here was a HUGE transition. No one knew who I was. So building a clientele was very challenging. With the help of my sister Latia(also a hairstylist in the DFW area), she made it possible. She allowed me to service someone that she knew and now the rest is history. As you continue to push yourself further in anything you do there will always by some type of struggle. The key is to KEEP GOING. That’s the true success story! # EmbraceYourStruggle #LearnAndBuildFromYourStruggle
Please tell our readers more about your work, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Now some people may think that doing hair is just a “thing”. In reality hairstylist change people’s lives. I myself like to focus on natural hair and cuts. There is nothing like a woman knowing she has healthy beautiful hair. Even if she decides to wear weaves. I’m blessed to be able to have an abundance of skills with doing hair. That short hair though….that’s what I take pride in. I would say my customer service is what sets me apart. It blows my mind on some of the stories I hear. So I make it a point to make sure I provided quality service on every level when servicing my guests.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I would define success by the level of sacrifice it took to get to where you are. Having money and “being at the top” is not success to me. Now the work you put in!……the late nights, the early mornings, being a parent, putting your last into something you don’t know if it will “work or not”, and so much more. That’s how I define success because if after all the doubts and fears you still choose to push forward and THEN come out on top. Now THAT’S success.
- Shampoo and style-$60
- Silk Press-$75
- Sew In-200$ &^
- Website: www.styleseat.com/dkiara
- Phone: 8174557574
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @hairstylist_dom