Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia MO.
Mia, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, my entrepreneur story started at a young age in sunny Southern California. I’m the youngest of three and the oldest of four. With such a large gap between myself and my siblings, I was raised as an only child by my single mother. I attribute all of my drive and hustle to my hometown and my heritage. I am a first-generation American from Los Angeles, California. Every day I had a front-row seat to just how far determination can take you and I learned early how to survive. I was in 7th grade when I was taught how to cornrow by my friends. We were only 11 but they were already making money doing hair. My cornrows were trash in the beginning. Aha seriously, nothing anyone would pay for; it took years for me to develop my craft.
It wasn’t until high school that I festered up enough courage to charge for my services. One of my first clients was a boy that I was crushing on at the time. I had a “thing” for guys with ponytails, I’m from the B2K era. Anywho, I cornrowed his hair and the next day at school HE HAD TOOK THEM DOWN. I was crushed, but I kept braiding and learning new ways to clean up my work.
My freshman year, we were living in Anaheim at the time, and I noticed one of the girls on my track team always wore her hair brushed up in this crazy looking bun. I asked her why she never did anything with her hair and she said she didn’t know-how. I offered to straighten it for her and she agreed. I woke up at 4 AM the next day and went to school early to wash, blow-dried and straightened her hair in the girl’s locker room. She took one look in the mirror and started crying. She’d never seen her hair like that, then I started crying. We were a mess that day but it was the first time I discovered the healing power of service to others.
Braids and wash and styles were my side money for years; I was 20 and living in AZ when I started doing weaves and advertising myself to people who weren’t friends or family. My cousin helped me create business cards that stood out from the bunch. I took those cards and dropped them off faithfully at just about every beauty supply in the valley.
My clientele grew pretty quickly and I discovered the people here needed help with properly caring for their hair, not just another stylist who’s going to sew it in and send them on their way. At 22 I decided to leave college and leave the call center circuit to attend cosmetology school and work as a stylist full time. Since getting my license I’ve traveled the world, studied under top celebrity stylists, worked New York Fashion Week, developed a healthy hair program and product line all while connecting with some amazing people along the way. That jump in 2013 was one of the best decisions I made in my life. There were times when I felt like I was falling, but I’ve been flying ever since.
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?
SMOOTH ROAD! There is no road when you’re making your way, you have to pave that thang yourself! As an entrepreneur there will be times when self-confidence and worth will be fleeting, you’ll ask yourself “who do I think I am to try this, to build this?” When I was building the My Hair Goals Program there were many nights I was up crying and praying for hours. I felt isolated and misunderstood by many people in my life at that time, but it strengthens my relationship with God. That’s also why the people around you have to be solid. They should want to build you up when you’re feeling low, but ultimately it made me stronger. Also learning how to set healthy boundaries with my friend’s family and clients has been imperative to my elevation.
I used to pride myself on being friends with everyone, being comfortable in just about every setting, and being able to solve every problem in front of me. I recently discovered that was just a pretty way of calling myself a controlling people pleaser. Now that I’m aware and recognize it, I give myself the space to say no when needed so I can say a strong yes when its time.
Making money wasn’t much of an issue in the beginning because hairstyling was a side job for years. Once I crossed the threshold I needed to provide for myself, I dived in full time. Some days the steps to take Mia Mo Styles and My Hair Goals to the level I’ve envisioned aren’t laid out. Learning to ask for help from people who have been where I’m going has help me tremendously on my journey this year and I’m thankful for my mentors.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Currently, I’m the Owner of Mia Mo Styles salon and the co-founder of the My Hair Goals program and product line. In the salon setting, I work full time as a stylist. I’m an extensions and a color specialist with a focus on maintaining natural hair health. I believe you can rock just about every color of the rainbow in the perfect hue no matter the color of your skin, and it’s my job as a specialist to find that color. As an extensions specialist, I pride myself on providing quality hair and services that help my clients grow and maintain their natural as well.
The My Hair Goals products and programs are an extension of this process. The program sets each client up with custom hair regimens tailored to fit their hair needs. Salons have loyalty programs and they have memberships, but there is no other program on the market like My Hair Goals and I’m very excited for the direction it is headed in. We plan to launch an online version of the program next year so we can further assist more women with their hair journeys wherever they are in the world
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Sheesh, do I have to pick one?! Discernment. You’re going to have to make decisions to move forward. Whether your next move is right or wrong I feel gets easier with discernment. Through my meditation and prayer practice I’ve learned its okay to be still. This is difficult because it’s my natural nature to keep it moving. I ask myself, “Is this right for me or my brand?” “Does this connection, relationship or interaction align with what I’m doing or where I’m going?” If it doesn’t, I’ve learned to say no and keep moving in confidence. Whew, DAILY struggle, but it’s getting easier the more I learn to listen to my intuition. And if you can’t hear your intuition, listen to your belly!
- My Hair Goals Program Starts at $99 month
- Address: Mia Mo Styles 13720 n 75th ave STE 228 peoria az 85381
- Website: miamostyles.com
- Phone: 6238246832
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- Instagram: miamostyles
- Facebook: miamostyles4u, myhairgoalss
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