We had the good fortune of connecting with Yvette Sandoval and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yvette, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Creativity started at a very young age for me. I was about six years old when I gave my neighbor a haircut,. Let’s just say his Mom had to take him to the barber shop to fix it! I was born and raised in a very small copper mining town with not a whole lot to do. I was a dreamer, and I always knew I wanted to either be a singer or beautician. I was always trying different things with my hair. I would copy looks from Teen Magazine and Cosmopolitan. I hated school and I struggled academically, but there was one area I excelled, music and the arts! I became a licensed cosmetologist in 2004 Honestly I was awful at cutting and coloring back then. I lacked a lot of confidence. In 2016 I had teenagers and was craving a career of my own, so I found a really great mentor and she trained me for 16 months. I relearned everything and started from scratch. The training was rigorous, and at times I wanted to give up, but that little voice inside me wouldn’t let me. My mentor had very high standards and every head of hair had to look spectacular and seamless. There was no room for error. As I have ventured out on my own I have really tuned in and noticed how much doing hair calms my anxiety. I am a Balayage Specialist, and when I’m in the salon doing my thing it’s therapeutic. I have very high anxiety and my job has saved my life! Being a hairstylist gives me purpose, it makes my day when my client tells me how much they love their hair, and they feel beautiful. Being a creative and artist has provided me the best career I could have ever dreamed of!Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am extremely proud of how far I’ve come in this industry. I overcame a ton of fears! I literally didn’t think I had what I takes to be a good hairstylist. Once I realized I’m a visual learner everything turned around for me. I gained so much confidence. I started to soar, excel, and believe in myself! My passion was fueled and I refused to stop learning and doing my best. I love my work, it’s so much fun! I think one of the things that sets me apart in the beauty industry is my compassion for others. There are some people that genuinely have hair anxiety. Being that I have anxiety I can instantly relate and make sure I calm their fears and worries. I don’t mind answering lots of questions and walking them through the process of what I’m doing with their hair. I want people to feel accepted and at ease when they’re in my chair. One thing I want people to know about my story is I’m not defined by my weaknesses and fears, what defines me is I’m a fighter, I’m strong and I always get back up and keep trying know matter what life throws at me. Do I have it all figured out? No way, but I continue to work on myself to be the best version of me for my family, work family, and clients.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would for sure want to spend a few days at the Scott Resort, in Scottsdale, and hang out at the pool in a cabana. We would for sure hit Downtown Gilbert drink wine at Postino’s, and listen to music at a cool speak easy called the White Rabbit. I of course would want to take a trip to my hometown of Bagdad, Az and take a long drive on an old dirt road. The scenery is to die for! My husband is an amazing cook and he of course would have to cook and grill for us. His food in my opinion is just as good as any restaurant, plus barbeque’s in the backyard are the best!Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Dad has always been my voice of reason, and has always been supportive of my career. My Dad inspires me with his kindness, calm spirit and his love for all people. He was a very successful business man in my hometown, he owned the Texaco and his business sense always inspired me. My Dads love and support means the world to me. Thank you Pops, I love to the moon and back!