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Meet Maria Esme of Hues & Do’s Beauty in North Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Esme.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all started back in college. I was majoring in Nursing, took a few art classes and from there I just knew that in this life, I was supposed to do something in arts. At the time, I did not know or even think it was going to be all about hair and makeup. I am forever grateful for this journey. I decided to start Cosmetology school in 2013. I had no idea what I was doing or even knew how to style or braid anyone’s hair. Crazy, right!? Cosmetology school was definitely a make or break for me. The majority of my peers had stories like playing with Barbie’s hair, cutting friend’s hair, etc.

Cosmo School is definitely not for the faint of heart. You have to learn a lot of things about chemicals, sanitation, and especially math. Math plays a big part in hair cutting. You have to know your angles, how to frame the face and give a proper haircut. All of that plus customer service. I absolutely loved cosmetology school, all the people I met and learning from each other. My favorite teacher was Mr. Mikko. He taught me a lot about hair cutting and most definitely color. He taught me that you can make art in hair from just looking at nature, sunsets, all your surroundings. He is a great teacher.

I knew that being a hair artist was important to me when I spent four days trying to learn how to french braid. I couldn’t give it up. The moment I wanted to, deep down I knew that I just couldn’t and I am glad that I didn’t. Education is so important. I continue to further my education to this day. I sign up for hair classes and go to expos to learn and keep up with the latest hair and makeup trends. After graduating school, I tried finding salon jobs but it just didn’t work for me and my family. I had decided to go on my own and started booking more weddings, hair color, and cuts.

I create my own schedule and I also work as a freelancer with different teams in the area. I love meeting people from all walks of life, different countries and learning about different cultures. I enjoy working with my Brides. It makes me happy when they are happy. I love listening to proposal stories and how they met their fiancé. That is my favorite part of it all as well. I love what I do!!

As I write this little piece of my story I would like to thank those that played a significant part in my journey. I would like to thank my Husband, for accepting me as the dreamer and goal getter that I am today and always telling me to go for it! My kids who are always encouraging me to keep going all while training on their doll heads to be next gen hairdressers. My oldest sister, who is always there giving me business advice and encouragement as well. Last but definitely not least, my hair bestie for always motivating me!

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road but it is a road definitely worth taking if you are passionate about it. I would say that the most difficult thing is that we are our own worst critics. I struggled with the decision of venturing out on my own. I was lost for a little while in the beginning and kept wondering if I was good enough or even educated enough to do it. At the beginning of my journey, there were people who were like 14 years in the industry who reached out to “guide me” but unfortunately that did not happen. I went back and forth with what ifs. I would psych myself out and start comparing. That is the BIGGEST MISTAKE you can ever make. One day, I just decided to stop over thinking and just go for it. It was hard. I had to come out of pocket for advertising, supplies, clothes and other things. There were times that I almost threw in the towel. Being your own boss is much more than what the word boss is. A lot of people misconstrue that word with calling shots, being rich, and other things. So far from it. With all that being said, just have confidence in anything and everything that you do. Love and appreciate what you do. Have Faith and the rest will fall in place.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a licensed cosmetologist and the proud owner of Hues & Do’s Beauty. I provide in-studio hair and makeup services and travel to provide on location services to different wedding venues all over Texas. When I am not working weddings, you can find me behind the chair during the week providing beautiful Balayage Hair and Color. I am most proud of how far Hues & Do’s Beauty has come. It has been and still is a great journey meeting Brides from different cultures and different walks of life. What sets me apart from others is my work ethic and my passion for hair. I like to educate my clients while working on their hair and giving them tips on self-care for hair and skin at home.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I absolutely believe that Houston is a great place for small businesses like mine. Our city is so diverse and rich in culture and is forever growing. There is always something out there for someone. For someone just starting out, I would definitely recommend choosing what it is exactly that you want to do. Whether it is Creative Coloring Hair, Bridals, or makeup. Networking with photographers and models is always a plus and also a great way to meet people who share the same passion for art!

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Spanish Flower Photography, @CedarandSageStudios

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