Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Maddock.
Melissa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Once I graduated high school at 17 years old, I went straight to community college and working full time as a receptionist. After the first semester, I felt like I was stuck. So, initially, I wanted to take a year off. That year turned into Wednesday – Saturday at Penrose Academy studying cosmetology and Sunday – Tuesday as a receptionist. The day of my final clock out at Penrose, I met with Michelle Zeller (@mane_ivy) for an interview to be her assistant and the next day I started working for her. She is like the most “Boss Lady” I have ever met. Learning from her and getting the experiences that I got by her side is so pivotal to my success. After nine months with her, I went to Chase Salon in Surprise, where I started renting a station part time and assisting part-time. Now, 21 years old, I opened a Salon Suite in Peoria, shared with my good friend Sarah (@_sarahjeannn) and we have been there for about 1 year now!
Great, 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?
The biggest obstacle for me has been feeling inadequate like I’m not where I should be compared to where other people are. Remember that it’s still the beginning of your journey and instead of using these people as a comparison, let them be an inspiration.
Please tell us about MaddHair.
As a hairstylist, I specialize in natural-toned, effortless color and long flowing cuts with a lived-in style. What I am most proud of as a service provider is the ability to empower women by looking and feeling beautiful, to encourage self-confidence. As for what sets me apart from others, I have no idea! This world is full of unique individuals. There is a client for every stylist and a stylist for every client. There is plenty of room for all of us in this industry.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
I actually struggled with this question because everyone, men and women, are faced with challenges. Women just have the upper hand in my opinion because we take our challenges and turn them into opportunity. We have the ability to use intellect and emotion in the same scenario. Using our education and intelligence can lead to success, however, by being vulnerable we are able to show our peers how we care, make connections and build rapport.
- Babylights + Balayage $175
- All Over Color $115
- Full Highlight $125
- Address: 25546 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy. #1350 Peoria, AZ 85383
- Instagram: @maddhair__
Ashley Wilfong @asleywilfongphotography