Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy KC Clough.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Amy KC. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I attended Paul Mitchel the School Dallas when I was 18 years old while also attending traditional college at night and working weekends in a restaurant. After graduating, I went straight into the Osgood Oneil apprenticeship program. From there, I assisted for ten months and went on the floor as a junior colorist at the Lovers Ln. location. I was an educator and senior colorist for the salon for six years. The Loft at Osgood Oneil then opened which was an opportunity for me to jump into my goal of being an independent colorist/business owner while still being in the same location.
Great, 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?
I’m a slight bit of a workaholic and once running my own business I learned that I had to find balance in order to manage every aspect of my career, not just the craft of hairdressing. I struggled to manage the actual workload (12-14 hour days) while also finding time to manage the business side of the industry. I needed a lesson in time management. Having a happy, healthy, organized mind frame helped to have those same qualities in my everyday salon life. My advice to young women starting their journey is to find multiple mentors. Seek mentors both in and outside of your craft or industry to learn to look at your personal business endeavor differently than others before you have. Also, I think it’s important for young women in this industry to know the amount of time that comes with success. A constant “yes” mentality may make for long days but never denying a client is what got me where I am.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a color specialist. I would like to say that I am known for a very natural approach or “look” to hairdressing. I am most proud of the relationships and trust I have built while growing my clientele. I am set apart from others because I don’t produce just one type of hair. It’s very easy to be known for just balayage or blondes in Dallas, so maintaining a larger spectrum of hair in my clientele has helped me to constantly learn.
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Both my mother and father were incredibly driven people so naturally there was no choice but to follow. My mother taught me to hold myself to high expectations but also to understand failure without losing integrity. Experiences I had growing up taught me that I am entirely accountable for my own successes. Losing my father unexpectedly last year was a huge attribute in moving forward in my career. It was how I coped or distracted, to completely enthrall myself in something that made me feel like I was doing good for others.
- Address: 4320 Lovers Ln Dallas, TX 75225
- Phone: 214-750-2909
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @a_clough