Finding balance in the third year. Or Not. Whatever.

I don’t like styling hair, I love it. If you’ve worked with me, had your hair done by me, or are just an unfortunate friend then you’ve probably heard me make the comment that it’s “my only talent.” But I’ve been lying to you. It’s not my only talent.

I’m going into my third year with Danica Rey Hair. I can’t believe that three years ago I told my husband I wanted to quit working in the salon and start my own business doing styling.  After threatening divorce and a quick check at the insane asylum he agreed that this might be a good option for our family. We had just moved back to the DFW area after a 3 year stint in Austin and while I loved working behind the chair in the salon I was a new mom. Pumping, working, pumping, trying to keep a household together, pumping, building a clientele, and oh did I mention I was pumping and nursing a baby? I didn’t want to give up “my only talent” but I was feeling exhausted and less than fulfilled and I knew there had to be another way. That’s where my idea of styling on a full time basis came into play.

So I did what any normal person starting out does. I sat down and went, "oh shit, what did I get myself into?" and then I began to hustle. I was determined to make my husband and family proud. I started by reaching out to local makeup artists, hairstylist, and wedding industry professionals and simply told them about myself and asked if I could help in any way.  In the meantime I started my website, got some business cards, and started to figure out how to build my brand.  Low and behold, little by little, I started getting work by contracting with makeup artists and taking clients on my own when I could.

Styling hair and working with people is not my only talent but it’s one I’m super proud of. I’m also an amazing short order cook (or so I’ve been told). I can easily transfer a 35lb sleeping toddler from the car to it's bed without so much a stir from said child. I know how to multi task with the best of them, answer an email, give the kid a bath, respond to a text, and fold some laundry-I got you. And I can curse, tell a stupid joke, and bust out in the most obscene dance moves at the drop of a hat. Yes, that's a talent. Don't judge me.

But in all seriousness I'm coming into this third year with a renewed spirit. Doing hair is not my only talent. It's something that I feel in my heart I was born to do. I love creating amazing hair styles, exceeding my clients expectations, and working with some of the most talented hair/makeup artists in the area. Yet this does not define me. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and in this third year I'm determined to find the perfect balance. Or close to it? Or kind of close? Or like just within reach?

Send help. 

image: Jennifer Yarbro Photography

image: Jennifer Yarbro Photography