We had the good fortune of connecting with Tessa Scissorhands and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tessa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Well my whole life, my parents were self employed. Seeing their success made me aware that I could be successful on my own.
I started my first business in high school, it was called imaginePLUR and I sold hand made tie-dye and painted clothing. Then I worked in retail for 15 years. Working for someone else, being an employee, is not fulfilling. But they trick you with benefits to make you think it’s the best thing in the world.
Really though, being by myself in my own business has shown me so much growth! It just made sense, and my clients love being in my studio.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a hair wizard! While wizard would normally imply male, wizard works for me. I specialize in vivid colors (rainbows, purple hair, etc), coppers, and extensions. I started doing my own hair and friends and family hair when I was 15, worked in the cosmetic industry a handful of times, before finally going to school and getting my license in hair. You have to work really hard, and be pretty tech savvy nowadays. You can feel really left behind if you don’t post the right content on Instagram.
I’ve learned to work hard, and keep my head down in my own work! In my first year behind the chair, I gained clients from other states, earned a top 5 place in a major hair competition, and opened my own salon.
It’s hard work, but if you know what you want to do – it’s worth every second of pain to create your dream.
Practice your craft every day, research new things, figure out what you like and don’t like. Host model calls to gain traction, etc.
You get out of it, what you put in to it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh my gosh. Sedona? The Soda Shop!
This is gonna be a bad answer haha. I mostly work, and spend time at home with our dog Indy.
When we go out, we go see movies at Camelview, dinner at Culinary Dropout, and hang out with friends in their homes.
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?
I am eternally grateful for my family, friends, and clients who have supported me along the way.
My parents and brother have always wanted what’s best for me, and outside of saying “your hair is going to fall out if you keep dying it,” they’ve been very supportive of me taking an artist approach to my career. They’ve been supportive of every step of my process, and like and share all of my posts on social media.
Chris, my significant other, has always pushed me when the time is right. He helped me realize that continuing school for a degree in Sign Language was not going to be as fulfilling to me as something like hair. “You’ve always done hair, this just makes sense.”
I am also fortunate to have made some friends along the way while in school. If not for them, I would’ve felt alone in my education.
And finally, actually, I am thankful for my first retail job with LUSH Cosmetics. If it weren’t for them, I would not have a love for product knowledge and ingredients.