We had the good fortune of connecting with Ciantha Cranshaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ciantha, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
One of the beautiful things about working in such a creative industry like skin and hair care is the self expression that people find. They come to us maybe tired from a long week or having been just in a rut but leave feeling like a little piece of their spirit has been lifted when we are done. Being able to learn and get to know people through the years and each one comes in as this beautiful work of art, and they entrust in us to make them look and feel like they can take on anything the world throws at them. I am so grateful for the creative adventure each client brings. Whether they have an important interview they want to look flawless for, the courage to keep the date with the person they swiped right on, or just enjoy relaxing at home feeling pampered and beautiful. I have always been a fan of the arts, and I am so thrilled I get to share my passion with others through ways that make them feel their best selves.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My favorite thing about Divinity Beauty Bar is the diversity that we have. Our environment welcomes every one of every shape and color. We really try to also hone in on the underrepresented hair and skin care for people of color. It has allowed us to make a shop that can be a comfortable place for self expression and creativity. Whether you want your hair color to match your nails or want to have the best glowing skin, we can cater to any one that walks through our doors.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
well during these unprecedented times we would probably be staying in and binge watching television. Yet, if this were normal times then the first thing I would have them do is get Mexican food. One of my favorite places is a small restaurant called El Indio. They have some of the best ground beef and potato tacos. Then follow it up with a must visit for some Eegee’s. Naturally on the weekend we could hit up happy hour at Sullivan’s then head downtown to check out the eclectic grouping of nightclubs, bars, and hidden speakeasy’s. Then a night out would not be complete without stopping in for an amazing array of food from Urban Pita! It is a must visit when here. For activities we would go hike Tanque Verde Falls, and check out the Desert Museum. On the last day we would pamper ourselves at none other than Divinity Beauty Bar. Being a one stop shop, we would get our nails, hair, and facials all done in one luxuriously relaxing day.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without question it would be my mother Enid Moore-Cranshaw. I know it seems cliché but her support and commitment to Divinity Beauty Bar is unwavering. Years ago when I first made the decision to find my passion in hair care, she was the one who knew I could accomplish my dreams long before I did. When there were days of uncertainty, her unwavering strength and faith that things would work out kept me going. It allowed me the ability to cultivate opportunities for myself to grow within the community. Now she is a managing owner with me at Divinity Beauty Bar and I could not imagine this place without her brilliant presence keeping us on the up and up.
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