We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Threlkeld and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise , do you think college made a positive impact on your life and career? Do you think it was worth the price tag?
I think college shaped me into the individual I am today and I would not be where I am if I had chosen a different path. That being said, I am not sure it was worth the price tag. I went to college straight out of high school because that’s what you do right? Since I didn’t really have a specific plan in mind my college path took a lot of twists and turns resulting in a large expense. I changed my major several times and ended up with a lot of credits in several different subject areas. After six years of college education with a one year gap in the middle I did graduate with my bachelors degree in Parks and Recreation Management. I was able to work in the field for about two years and then the economy took a dump and I lost my job. I asked myself to I go back to school and get a Masters? At the time I didn’t think it was the path for me that is when I decided to go to cosmetology school. It was a challenging start to a new career. Once I finished cosmetology school I was making about $15,000 per year and because of my previous education I had a lot of school debt. With hard work, determination and the help of my parents I am able to be where I am today! I have been an individual business owner for six years. It took me a lot time to get where I am today, but I am very happy and I love what I do. Everyday I get to help women and men feel their best! It seems like a small petty thing, but whether it be a haircut, color, style or even just the social interaction during an appointment I get have a positive impact on each individuals life. My customers are like an extension of my family.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to think I’m pretty good at my craft, but I also know that I can learn so much more! I attend regular education classes in different techniques and follow other stylists to learn and grow from them as well. Technique and skill are important, but being able to connect and listen to a client while they are in your chair is also super important. I think even more than my skill I am able to connect to my clients where our relationships feel more like friends or family than just a client. Getting to where I am today was not easy as I discussed earlier, but is was all worth it! I think it is really important to surround yourself with people who help you grow and bring the best out of you. I learn so much by collaborating with others and sharing our ideas for growth. It pushes me to be better and put my thoughts and ideas into action. I want to impact the world by giving each person in my chair an experience of beauty and renewed self confidence!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I like to do my best to support local and also I love a good patio! Some of my favorite places to dine are Crepe Bar, Nello’s Ahwatukee, and Hillside Spot. I love a good mimosa brunch! My top list of activities would be a hike at south mountain followed by brunch on one of these restaurant patios. I would also take my guest to a day of relaxing and fun at the Arizona Grand Resort pool. And if we were to venture a little further away, a day at the Queen Creek Olive Mill is a must!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shout out to my family, supportive husband and especially my loyal customers. Without clients in my chair I do not have a business so I want them to know how much I appreciate them!