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Meet Trailblazer Denise Titze

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Titze.

Denise, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I went to college out of high school. I didn’t really have a plan, but that was “just what you do”. I changed my major several time and attended a few different universities. I finally graduated with my degree in parks and recreation management.

I enjoyed my career but lost my job when the economy downturned. I wasn’t successful in finding a new job and was searching my options. I always thought about becoming a hair stylist and now was the time so i enrolled in cosmetology school.

I attended Kohler Academy (now Penrose Academy) in Scottsdale, Arizona. After I graduated, I worked in a salon as an assistant to a stylist. We had additional education every week and worked with an advanced stylist. In less than a year I made my way to the floor as a stylist.

From there, I moved to a different area and switched salons. I learned a great deal from my experience but I was ready for a new journey. I was at my next salon for two years when I decided to take the leap to become my own boss.

I have now been the owner of Shear Direction for four years. I work inside Sky Hair Studio in Ahwatukee. It has been the best decision I could have made.

All of my experiences have made me the stylist I am today. Sometimes, I still can’t believe I have my own business. I am thankful to all of my clients who make that possible. Without them, I don’t have a job.

It may seem silly, but I have the ability to change someone’s day by making them feel amazing when they leave my chair and that is my favorite part of my job.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have definitely had ups and downs. Building a clientele takes time and effort.

My advice to other women starting their journey would be to ask for help, always keep learning and never take your clients for granted.

Also to know your worth. It has taken me a long time to learn this. I know I can always be better and learn more, but I am also confident in where I am currently.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Shear Direction – what should we know?
I am a hair stylist. My favorite part of my job is making someone feel beautiful when they leave my chair.

I offer color services, men’s and women’s hair cuts, extensions, and up styling.

I am an educator for Colorproof evolved color care, so I use all of their shampoo/condition and styling products.

What sets me apart from others is my attention to detail and client relations skills.

I have the best job because I get to hang out with amazing people and make them feel beautiful.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I think networking is an excellent idea. I am a member of several industry social media groups. It is a great way to learn from other stylists and ask questions.

As an educator for Colorproof, I also get to network with other stylists around the country.

I am a firm believer we can all teach each other something and we can all be better when we work together to better ourselves.

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