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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nikia Barner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikia Barner.

Nikia, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Well, I actually started braiding at the age of 9. I had lots of interest in keeping my sister and younger cousins’ hair done. As I became older, I found myself doing the kid’s hair in my neighborhood.

Then in high school, I started making money braiding hair. For a while after that, I would do hair on and off but not as much. At the age of 22, now having my own two daughters, my interest changed.

My heart wanted to help others and I wanted a more consistent income. So I took a course and became a Certified Nursing Assistant for 7 years. I enjoyed being a Nurse Assistant but eventually got bored. I wanted to further my education and begin a career still helping others but in a different way. I enrolled in college and majored in Criminal Justice to become a Juvenile and Correctional Counselor. I was a great student and made the dean’s list a few times.

Things seemed to be going in my favor and almost two years in, practically at the finish line of completing life happened. My apartment caught fire. The fire department boarded up my home and we had to stay in a hotel for a few weeks. I was robbed of my belongings in my home that same night, then also evicted. I was so lost, here I am one day everything appeared to be so perfect now feeling empty. Two years of my life were in chaos. I stopped going to school after several attempts to finish.

Fast forward, I now have me and my children stable in our own space and I found myself enrolling in Cosmetology School. In 2015, I became licensed and started working immediately. In 2017, I decided to move to Phoenix Arizona. I wanted something different for my children, I wanted them to experience life differently than I did and here we are! We moved from Virginia 35 hours away from our family. I’ve been in Phoenix for almost 5 years now and I can truly say I’m walking in my purpose despite the things I’ve endured.

Yes, I am a hairstylist but overall my heart’s desire never changed, “helping others”. Every time someone sits in my chair I truly feel that I poured into them. My goal is to radiate love and confidence in my clients. My vision is to heal through my hands and my heart. Everyone deserves peace and the enjoyment of life no matter what we go through. I want every person that I connect with to feel beautiful inside and out.

Hello, my name is Nikia and I am now the owner of Hair By Nikia LLC and also H.E.R. Extended Collection offering all hair care services and beauty needs. H.E.R. Extended Collection represents my attempt to empower women through “HER” experience to be resilient.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing worth having comes easy!

So, of course, there were some hiccups on this journey. Everything I’ve faced to get to where I am now was a lesson for me and I appreciate them. I’ve already kinda explained some of my struggles along the way.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a Licensed Cosmetologist and I have a Mink Lash Line, Satin Hair Bonnets, Custom Braided Wig Line, and Hair Growth Serum.

I specialize in braiding but can do pretty much anything. I am most proud of myself for never giving up no matter what stood in my way. My customer service and professionalism are what sets me apart from others.

It is so important to me that I respond effectively and be of support to my clients/customers before, during, and after any services and or purchases with me.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
During the Covid-19 crisis, I learned the power of your mindset.

You only can achieve what you put your mind to and focus on no matter what’s going on around you. The Covid-19 crisis showed me who I truly am and the power of the mind.

My focus was only on succeeding and I honestly grew with this experience.

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