Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyx Wright.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started out my career in my hometown of Memphis, TN. I’ve been a hair stylist for over eight years, and a makeup artist for four years now. Early on, I got an amazing opportunity to intern under a hairdresser, Mary McNair, who had been in the business for over 20 years. I owe a huge thank you to her. She got me started doing updo’s and styling for weddings and fashion styled shoots.
I grew to love being able to express my creativity across the board. I’ve been in Texas for a little over six years now. I got married and started my career on a clean slate. I’ve been officially on my own for almost four years. I found the amazing team I work with now at Salons at the Lake in Conroe. Like most stylists, we are all on our own at the end of the day. We have a team mojo, but I also try to dabble in projects outside of my salon family.
I find so much happiness not only in my salon clients, but brides, high school seniors, mom-to-be’s, and boudoir shoots that I get to doll up. I live for the feeling of having someone put their 100% trust in me, to make them feel beautiful. I strive to be 100% real with whoever sits in my chair. I try to meet their ideas and inspirations with reality and make it work for their style and flow.
As for myself, I march to the beat of my own drum. I do trendy with my own flare. That ideally is what I try to bring out for my clients. At the end of the day, you are who you are. Don’t try to be like anyone else. I never met a challenge that I don’t accept. I am open to whoever needs my services.
Honestly, you never know where those roads can take you. I truly enjoy what I do, I believe it shows in my work. I’m also up for learning new things, you can never stop growing. Once you stop, you become irrelevant. I’m on a path that I don’t see slowing down anytime soon. That alone truly excites me!
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been completely smooth for me, but I wouldn’t say its been rough either. It is hard to tell when the right time to transition into being an independent stylist. One of the major obstacles was relocating to a whole new state.
Another was finding the courage to go out on my own completely. I don’t like to make decisions unless everything is lined up. To be honest, it’s never easy working for someone else. Especially in my industry, you feel like they want to limit your creativity, and dull your shine. I truly believe you aren’t the artist you’re supposed to be until you are on your own. Of course, you hurt feelings by the choices you make.
At the end of the day, I do it with as much respect as possible. The positive side of a bumpy road, is I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, which makes everything 100% worth it. To this day, I wouldn’t change a single decision.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Hair By Alyx story. Tell us more about the business.
I’ve been with my salon family for four years now — salons at the Lake in Conroe, TX. I specialize in any salon needs. I do everything from cutting to coloring, waxing to hair extensions, and smoothing treatments.
I am most proud of the team I am apart of. We are eight different stylists that come together and are one in a crazy way, which I am grateful for. The industry I’m in is very cutthroat, and we strive to be the exact opposite. There is enough business to go around, so there isn’t a need to be aggressive. We all ask for help on different things no matter how long we have been doing hair.
I would say I’m most known for my advanced cutting techniques and my honesty. I have many new clients that tend to ask what I’m doing while cutting. I just want their haircut to make the most sense for their everyday needs. Every time a client is in my chair, I get told how grateful they are that I’m extremely transparent with them.
If I think it won’t work for them or it isn’t the perfect fit, I will voice it. I also follow up with a different idea or plan of achieving it. Again, you aren’t like everyone else, so you can’t have the exact same look. You have to customize it to make it your own.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see my industry constantly growing, as it has the last four years. We are constantly having new wedding venues being built, so that will also bring new business.
Trends change like the seasons, I do my best to stay with them, but I also think whatever you personally like is trendy. We just make that special in its own way.
- Address: 12621 Hwy 105 West Suite 101 Conroe,TX 77304
- Phone: 936.689.8335
- Email: Hairbyalyx@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hairbyalyx/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlyxWrightSalonsAtTheLake/
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