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Meet Trailblazer Angelica Montejano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Montejano.

Angelica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always known I wanted to work in the beauty industry. I remember using my mom’s curling on my friend’s hair at an age that I shouldn’t have been touching one, let alone using it on anyone’s hair! I have an older sister that was very much into the industry as well. I always went into her makeup boxes until I was old enough to get my own. I was the girl in high school that had all my girlfriends come over for every single dance/party to get all of them fully glammed as well as myself (don’t get me started on my prom story). When I graduated high school, I started working in a very well known chain salon in Arizona as a receptionist. I learned a lot about the industry at that time. They are a full salon and spa, but I really felt like the hairstylists were treated like the stars. I attended and graduated from the Aveda Institute. In beauty school, you can tell if this talent comes naturally to you or not. I intended on becoming a makeup artist, but once I started learning more about the art of a hairstylist, I knew right away this was for me. It’s crazy to think how much we impact the lives of anyone and everyone who sits in our chair. When I worked in a salon full of stylists behind chairs, I loved getting the occasional client who would hop around. They would say: “I don’t mind who I see I just want my hair done.” I saw that as a challenge. There is nothing more rewarding than having that client request you for all of their beauty needs. Fast forward to 2018 when I decided to take a leap and open my own business at age 25. Lush Locks by Angelica started out as my Instagram handle and is now the name of my very own business and studio at Sola Salons. Sola has given me the opportunity to transition from a commission worker bee hairstylists to a free artist that can set the tone for every single client that walks in my room. So far, this has been the best decision I have made, career-wise. My clients love being a guest in my private space. It has given me the chance to become a personal friend to a lot of my clientele and that means so much to me. This is something I’ve always prayed for and now its reality. If I can do it, anyone can.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This sounds cliche but there are always going to be bumps in the road. If you continue to have faith in yourself and keep pushing, you will get there. I consider myself blessed because I’ve always had supportive friends and family to help me through tough times, but honestly, motivating yourself and having that “screw it” attitude will get you further than you think.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Lush Locks by Angelica – what should we know?
I can easily do all things beauty. Do you need hair and makeup done for your wedding? Im there. You also need your brows waxed? I got you. On a regular basis, I’m behind the chair doing the popular technique known as “balayage.” At the last salon, I worked at they called me “The Balayage Queen.” I basically taught myself how to balayage. With a lot of practice and watching tutorials online, I got there. I’m confident enough to say that is my specialty. I get a lot of families in the studio as well. Husband, wife, children. It’s convenient for them to spend some time privately in my workspace and get it all done at once. I would say what sets me apart from others is I really take my time with every single client I have. Not only it is important to me, but my clients are paying me to not only make them feel beautiful but to also be a confidant. I consider visits to me therapeutic.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
Ive always looked up to my mom and my older sister. They have inspired me to keep pushing and never stop until I reach my goals. Actually, every woman in my family is an extremely hard worker and I guess I can now say I’ve lived up to their name!

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