Expert Interview with Hairstylist, Amber Gallegos

It takes a long time to find a hairstylist that you trust and that gets your sense of style. After years of searching, I turned to Amber to cut my hair. She is fantastic and loves styling hair almost as much as being a mommy. Amber has the perfect set up for a mom with a small business. If you have thought about becoming a hairstylist or just need some beauty advice, then you will love today's interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
I’m Amber, a Christian, a mom of two, hairstylist, and blogger.

David and I met my freshman year at The University of North Texas on move in day. I saw David surrounded by a group of friends laughing and having a good time. I thought he was "so cool" and was a little intimidated by him. We didn't talk until the Spring Semester when he was hanging out with my roommate and I joined them at IHOP. From that moment we became inseparable but just as friends. When I brought him home for Easter my dad asked, "Why don't you date guys like David?" I thought I don't know, but if my dad likes him he must be a good guy! We dated for about 4 years and he FINALLY asked me to marry him. 

In the past 5 years of being married it's been a wild ride; 2 kids, 1 dog, and buying our own home. There is nothing I'd rather do than spend time with my kids. I love to go grocery shopping, play on the play ground, draw, color, play play-dough, anything as long as my kids are next to me. My daughter is 4 (and a half, I can't forget to add that). She is a dancer and loves to put on a show. My son is 2 and a half. He is itching to start playing any sport soon. He told his grandma yesterday that she better come watch his soccer game because he was going to score a goal for her.

If I am not being a wife, mom, or working I love to take dance classes. My favorite is ballet. I grew up dancing, and I love the work out I get and how my mind is forced to work in the process.

What made you decide to start your own salon?
When I planned out my future in the hair industry I always wanted to work for someone - because it was safe. Being a mom was and is my top priority, and after having my second baby I was only available part time. My part time availability didn’t work for my employer, so I was forced to find another option. I didn't know what to do next, in that moment I didn't realize God had greater plans for my career.

Did having children affect your decision?
I hadn't worked in a salon for six months when my friend Lauren, asked me to come assist for her. When I walked into her adorable salon and got my hands dirty. I was hooked. 

One of my former clients was there that day. She asked, “When are you going to get back in here?” I responded, “Oh, I am just here for the day. Maybe I can do this more.”She said, “No, I can see it in your eyes. I give you 6 months.”

She was right, I could feel it. I knew I was meant to get back into hair because I felt energized and refreshed that day. I didn’t realize how much I needed some time to myself. Time to be creative and do something I enjoy aside from my kids and husband.

That feeling stuck with me for a month, or so, when my dad gave me a gift card to a style only salon called, Drybar. Styling was always one of my favorite aspects of hair so I put in my application that night and was in for an interview the next day. After showing them my blowout skills, I got the job on the spot. I worked there on Saturdays for the next 3 months.

Lauren kept urging me to come rent a space at her salon. I don’t know what finally made me do it, but I left DryBar and was ready to go. I have been running my own salon since March of 2012. I would never want it any other way. I love every aspect of it. I love booking my clients around my schedule, keeping the books, paying taxes, buying new products to try, buying products to resell. I love working with my friend Lauren.

What is the best/ worst part of owning a business?
One of my favorite aspects of owning my own salon is the freedom I have to see a need and meet it. If I encounter someone who really needs their hair done and is unable to afford it, I have the opportunity to bless them with my services. If other stay at home mom’s with small businesses would prefer to trade services I allow myself to do that. I’ve given numerous haircuts, products, and treatments away for free for events at my church. I am passionate about hair and I am passionate about women. I can’t thank God enough for giving me this talent.
Right now, for me, there are no negatives. I have a very supportive husband. He encourages me all the time. He loves to see my work and is always there when I have a question concerning the numbers side or social media side. He compliments and critiques my work and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

What is the one hair product you can't live without?
There are two products that I CANNOT live without; Serie Expert Absolute Repair Shampoo and Conditioningmask. My hair is curly & frizzy so I need all the moisture I can get!

Any tips on keeping your hair looking great during the summer?
To keep your hair looking great this summer always remember to fill your hair with conditioner before getting into the chlorine and always wash and condition your hair directly after getting out of the pool.

Finish this statement. I wish someone would have told me that owning a salon...
I wish someone would have told me that owning a salon and working with my friend would be so much fun sooner. Then again I probably wouldn't have been ready any earlier. God works in mysterious ways. 

Thanks, Amber for taking the time to answer these questions. I would not have thought about putting conditioner in my hair before jumping in the pool. This is why we need hairstylists! 

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