We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Ansick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is extremely scary!! I took a huge risk and drove across country to start my career. My husband is in the Air Force and I learned that I wanted to do hair while we were over seas. I told him when we get to the states I wanted to start hair school. When we got to the states, the school had closed in the town we moved to. Driving 4-8 hours a day was out of the question, and getting an apartment in a town 2-4 hours away was also out of the question. Moving in with family was our final option. We talked it over, spoke to our families, and off I went. I drove 12 hours from Minot, North Dakota to Wyoming, and 14 hours from Wyoming to Phoenix Arizona. I packed up my dogs and myself and drove cross country to pursue my new career with the full support of my amazing husband. If I hadn’t taken this risk I wouldn’t be happy for me, or for us and our family.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m excited to be in the hair industry. I learned just a few years ago that I was meant to help people. I started college at Grand Canyon University going for my Bachelors of Science in Social work, realizing half way through I wanted to do hair. I changed my degree to Applied management. My beautiful husband pushed me to finish one degree before I started another. So I finished with my degree in management and now working on my license. I learned that not everything comes to you when you want it. And sometimes you don’t know what you truly want until you go through the motions of things and find out that your true passion is something else. And also that even at 32 it’s OKAY to start your career. So, essentially I learned 3 very important lessons in my life. Getting my degree in management sets me up for success because I now know the insides of managing my own salon one day and how to understand different aspects of the business from different angles. It’s been a long road, and a long road of discovery to figure out that I was meant to be behind the chair, and perform behind the chair.
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.
I’m an Arizona native that has visited home quite often. I, myself take myself to all my favorite places while I can get it!! I have quite the list of favorite restaurants. My all time favorite is Oreganos. I love Italian food, and Oreganos always hits that love stop in my stomach!!! Another place that everyone should always visit is Yen Sushi! If you’re not into sushi I’m so very sorry for you, but you’re missing out!! As far as unique places to check out, the butterfly exhibit I hear is really pretty (I haven’t had the pleasure of going yet but my husband has and he said it’s a really nice day trip). If you’re more into exciting things the, Ripleys believe it or not museum is not far from the butterfly exhibit and shows all the most extravagant things. Definitely worth taking a trip to see!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Paul Mitchell the school Phoenix, hands down. Many times you hear that people say “I didn’t learn this in school” or “my instructors didn’t care” or the newest phrase “ I can’t believe you’re learning that in school”. I want to give a true shout out to my Instructors and staff for giving us CURRENT haircuts, colors, foiling techniques, color techniques, bringing in current salons for master classes. They really took advantage of the hair community during Covid and brought outsiders to us so we still were well rounded and versed and knew what was out there and available to us. They gave us virtual classes, and guest artist from salons, or other states, and really gave us so much more than I ever thought I would get from a cosmetology school. I was under the impression I would learn the very basics and then be sent off to state boards. I was INCREDIBLY wrong. We are taught basic cutting, intermediate cutting and sometimes advanced cutting! We are taught coloring, formulations, all the theory we could think of, so much behind the business of hair, we are taught lessons we can carry on for life!! They truly deserve a shout out!!