Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Garcia.
Hi Amber, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My love for hair started when I was a little girl. I grew up watching my nana in her shop, back when perms and big hair were a thing. They’re still a thing to me — I love big hair. I eventually wound up going to beauty school using the last $50 that my husband and I had to our names, and I never looked back.
Right out of school, I worked at a big salon with over 50 stylists! There, I was able to not only grow a book of clients but also learn new skills and techniques from the sea of talent around me. Unfortunately, the salon had to shut down after a few years. When that happened, a partner and I opened our own little salon suite, which grew more and more each year, forcing us to continually move to larger suites.
For the last few years in my previous suite, I had this desire to go mobile. I had visions of a glamorous shuttle bus pulling up to various client locations, and bringing the salon straight to their door. And although it’s a bus, I didn’t want it to feel like a bus. I wanted it to have the same relaxing, chic experience of a full-service salon. So I made it happen.
I want women to step into my beauty bus and be able to unwind. Have a drink, have a snack. We can listen to music, watch their favorite movie, or just catch up while they’re being pampered for a wedding, a girl’s night out, or just because. And when they leave, I want them to leave feeling good about themselves.
I want them to leave feeling like the baddie they were born to be!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
When the first salon I worked at had to close down, we were all feeling pretty lost.
But it was that situation that gave me the courage to open my own suite. Of course, moving from such a big salon to a tiny suite was scary, especially because I had lost a number of clients during the shutdown. Needless to say, the first two years on my own were difficult, but over time, we were able to grow our clientele back up.
And when the time came to leave my previous suite to start on this new adventure, that leap was also a difficult one. I really did love the environment, and I had called it home for so long. But I knew it was time for something different.
Getting the beauty bus all dolled up and ready for action was also pretty stressful. Between contractors and delayed materials and products due to COVID, it felt like there was always something. But, in the end, my vision came to life thanks to the several amazing people who helped me along the way.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’ve been a hairdresser now for eight years, and a make-up artist for five.
I absolutely love what I do. From cutting to color, highlights, balayage, big Barbie styles, Brazilian blowouts, intense going-out makeup, soft bridal makeup, and everything in between — my job is never boring.
What does success mean to you?
To me, success is built from a go-getter. A person who has a vision that is outside of the box or norm. A person that many will doubt because they can’t see the vision until it all comes together.
A person who is willing to share their knowledge and support others in their dreams and passions. A person whose hustle makes them unstoppable, yet humble.
- Balayage $200.00
- Bridal $150.00 +
- Makeup $80.00 +
- Brazilian blowouts $250.00
- All over color $80.00
- Website: WWW.lavishonthego.com
- Instagram: @Lavishonthego