Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolina Corona-Solis.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, doing hair is the one thing I said I would never do. I remember hating to brush my own hair and don’t remember any particular interest in playing with other peoples hair. I did however really enjoy tech theatre all through high school and really wanted to head in that direction after graduation. Think stage management or set design, but attending an out of state college to earn a fine arts degree isn’t really a super plausible dream for reasons longer than this one interview. So, I did the next “best” thing and moved to Las Vegas, Nv with my mom and my brother to attend an Aveda Institute and hopefully work backstage at a show there. After a few months, I realized two things: 1. I actually enjoyed playing with people’s hair, cutting, and styling in particular; 2. Running away to Vegas to work for Cirque Du Soleil was not as fun as it had sounded in my head at 18. Going to hair school in a city like Vegas was a culture shock on its best days and a humbling eye-opening lesson on every other day.
Moving away from my friends and family taught me a lot about myself but I also learned that home really is where the heart is. In 2008, right before I turned 20 (and RIGHT before Ike hit), I moved back to Houston and I got my first job in hairdressing with Toni & Guy First Colony. I’ll be 31 this September and celebrate my 11th year as a part of the Sugarland community. I love my job and I love the brand. T&G has deep roots in education and believes that continuing your education helps build the confidence you need to be a successful hairdresser.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Learn as much as you can from those in the environments you hope to thrive in. Regardless of what your chosen passion may be, making it a priority to invest in that passion is everything. Investing time, energy, even money to take classes and assist people has made a huge difference in my journey as a hairdresser. I did A LOT for free the first so many years of my career because in those years there was so much more error to my trials. I’ve learned a lot along the way and still have so much more to learn. I definitely still make mistakes, it’s difficult to be perfect 100% of the time, but as long as you have a willingness to learn from those mistakes, you’ll continue to progress.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
When I started with the company, we had to pick between cutting and coloring hair. I chose to cut and style because it felt more straight forward. I specialized in that and started teaching other people how to cut hair three years ago as an educator for our salon. I also never let go of my funky creative side so along with using my specialty to pay my bills, I use it to partake in hobby hairdressing, where I get to do events and photo shoots to network with great photographers, models, designers, brand ambassadors, and all kinds of creatives in between.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
I’ve learned to be open to the idea that sometimes, the best lessons or opportunities come from very unlikely sources. Also, the best lessons are not always synonymous with fun or happy or jolly lesson. Some mentors or lessons are meant to be so hard they might break you. It is equally important to network with people you may not always get along with on a personal level because conflict resolution and professionalism are key to networking or building a team.
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