Hairstylist & Cosmetologist Interview: Tanya Williams Of Los Angeles
Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are self taught hairstylist?
A: I graduated from Flavios Beauty College in Torrance California. I have been doing hair for over 15 years and wanted to pursue a career in the field. I started doing basic makeup for friends and their weddings and just playing around, then I got a little serious.
I have my cosmetology license from the state of California now.
Q: Do you think going to school for hairstyling is important to excel in the business later on?
A: For sure I think that going to school shows that you are serious about your career and in these days people want to see something tangible and that you are serious.
Q: Did you always long to be an artist, or did you stumble upon your talent by chance? Who or what inspired you to become a hair stylist?
A: I knew that traditional jobs were always boring to me and that I was always creative. I am a very creative left handed person that dreams creativity.
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: My favorite thing about beauty and hair is I get to create something unique, extreme, beautiful, scary, or extraordinary.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a hair stylist?
A: Not that much surprises me as a hairstylist, but people are always trying to get a better deal, so you will see a lot of hair nightmares from other stylists, or clients doing their own hair.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: My approach to beauty is take it head on. I think everything is beautiful and there is nothing that can’t be transformed into a piece of beautiful art.
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: IC hair polish for shiny hair ,,, joicos hair polish smells wonderful and gives a silky finish after every style, Blue diamond bleach is a must have for beautiful decolorizer with Goldwells bleach boosters for rapid release.
I love Motions Neutralizing Shampoo for complete cleansing. Clairols, Wella, and Goldwell colors are my avorite to use when tinting hair.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective hair care tips that you have, that are really important?
A: Basic hair tips are keep the heat out of your hair for great growth, do a every six week scalp and hair treatment to keep moisture in your hair for great hair, and never wear your hair pinned too tight where it pulls
ongoing it will develop alopecia.
Q: What is the biggest hair care dont’s?
A: Don’t do your own hair color, and don’t choose a cheaper price for haircare to cut costs. Its worth it to go to a professional.
Q: Have you had an extreme, crazy or bad experience with a hair care product? If so, what happened?
A: Yes the product was Cromes Extreme hold Hairgel green,,, flaky, falling out the clients hair and mine. It looked like real snowflakes were falling from the head. The product will be great if we needed that in a
commercial or a project .
Q: What do you find to be the most common mistakes women make with hair color?
A: The wrong shade for the wrong skin tone, or too washed out with blonds that dont take their skin tone in consideration.
Q: What’s the worst thing a woman can do to her hair?
A: The worst thing a woman can do to her hair is either wear it in a pony tail, cut their own hair if they are not a professional, or try colors without a professional consultation.
Q: What’s the one haircare tool you simply can’t live without?
A: My oven and marcel irons for smooth finese styling
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the hair industry right now?
A: choppy hair don’t work.
Q: Do average girls needs to splurge on high-priced hair care products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Get educated and drugstore items can be used just like professional items just read their uses.
Q: Do you have any general tips/tricks for extending color between visits?
A: Color shampoos, color boosters that don’t strip hair, and coloronz or sebastians product to boost color,,, also cellophane.
Q: Can anyone go red or do you feel that color works best with certain skin tones/hair types?
A: With the best skin tones,,,if you have too much red in your skin tone you will look more red, skin tones plays a vital part in what color you can go….
Q: Do you feel anyone can go blond or should the look be reserved for certain skin tones/hair types?
A: There are varieties in blond, reddish blond, ash blond, goldenblond, but not anyone can go blond. Look at their complexion, and their style, what type of work they do, their lifestyle and then make a decision.
Q: Which hairstyles do you tend to do the most often? Which hairstyles are the most popular?
A: Layers are very popular, bobs are great, blunt styles with precision cuts in the front are very cute.
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: My clients come out with silky, soft hair and they always wonder what’s the trick.
Q: Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
A: Yes I am into God to love, protect me, show me wisdom, for salvation, and to love other people.
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring hair stylists just starting out?
A: Try lots of styles, and don’t be afraid to mess up. just know how to correct it.