We had the good fortune of connecting with Nevin Hernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nevin, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think that risk is not something to be taken lightly, but there are times where we must be flexible with risk in order to grow. There will always come a time in our lives where we face a decision, dilemma, or opportunity where risk is involved. Although it can be easy to focus on the consequences, we must always be aware of the possible enrichment that can also come from taking a risk. Up to this point in my life and career I have focused on creating a balance with risk. I rely on a combination of intuition and big picture thinking to strategize when it comes to taking a risk. Throughout my career there have been several pivotal moments where I was faced with decisions which involved what I consider significant risk. Some of my decisions panned out amazingly and others not so much. No matter what, these experiences provided me with knowledge and were huge stepping stones to get me to where I am today. Recently I decided to pursue my own brand/businesses further by moving on from a commission salon to work as an independent contractor. I had a modest clientele, but it was still scary. Every worst case and best case scenario rushed through my head. I planned for everything I possibly could utilizing the experience and knowledge I’ve gained in my career and life. In the end, it just felt right so I went for it. Two months in, none of the consequences I thought about have come to fruition. Instead I feel inspired, motivated, and excited for the future. Risk always has and always will play a large role in pushing myself to new heights.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would say the thing I’m most excited about in my career is connecting with others and building relationships with the people who sit in my chair. I never wanted to just be a service provider. My goal has always been to have a deeper connection with my clients. Getting to know what makes them the person they are so that I may customize their experience and the look/style/color I create for them.
I got to where I am professionally by being myself. Energy attracts energy. I’ve always found that over time you will naturally begin to align with those who are meant to be a part of your tribe. This has always applied to my mentors, peers, clients, and personal relationships. Treat people well and don’t force things. Your community will grow over time.
It wasn’t always easy, but it always felt right because I loved it. It’s hard to learn the difference between hardship and unhappiness due to lack of love in what you do. Sometimes things get very tough, but if you have passion for what you do then you will pull through it. You have to love it and be patient. Trust the process. Surround yourself with those who love you and uplift you. Do the same for others wherever you can as well.
I would love the world to know that my brand/story developed through tons of love, dedication, and even hardship. Yes of course on my end, but mostly due to the love and dedication that others have provided me. I have been blessed with many amazing mentors and incredible clients who support my business and goals. Everyone sees me, they see my brand, but they don’t see all the people who have my back. The people who have carried me, taught me, and supported me since day one. I want the world to know you don’t have to do it alone.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would most definitely make the trip a combination of getting out into nature and having good food/drinks in the city. I personally prefer to be outside hiking, riding a bike, or just enjoying the view whenever possible. I always love visiting Saguaro National Park, Prescott, or Sedona. More locally we frequent Papago Park, Tempe Town Lake, or South/North Mountain. After a good hike there’s nothing like some food and a beer somewhere in DTPHX. The Churchill and the surrounding area always has great options.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out my most recent and longest mentor/friend Reina. I was her hair assistant for 2 years. She has and still does teach me so much about hair and life. She has become like family over the years.
I would also like to shoutout my first mentor Carlos for drawing me into the hair industry. I would never have found this passion without him.
Lastly I would like to shoutout my partner Emily for always being loving and supportive of my career goals. Especially when things get stressful and feel overwhelming.