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Meet Trailblazer Tanisha Harper

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanisha Harper.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My mom went to Gordon Phillips beauty school when I was younger. She would take me with her sometimes and do my hair in Shirley Temple curls, let me have them for like five minutes then comb all the curls out and put it back in pigtails (whomp whomp) couldn’t wait till I was old enough to do my own hair, lol. Experiencing the beauty salon environment at that age, I was hooked and it was so cool to me. Once I was old enough to do my own hair, I’d experiment and look at hairstyles in magazines and try to duplicate them. I would practice on family members and friends from high school.

After I graduated from high school, I went to Artistic beauty college all the way up until it was time for me to start on the clinic floor. I had a little speed bump, I ended up leaving because I was pregnant with my son. I used to beat myself up for dropping out but now I see it was a stumbling block that I learned and grew from. Now that I look back, I’m glad that things have played out the way they have because where I am today is exactly where I need to be. When the time was right, I went back to school and completed all of my hours. I would mainly take house calls until I was able to get a salon job which was at Beauty Brands. I remained there for about eight years, during that time I was able to build up my clientele and gain some awesome skills and insight from my peers. I can honestly say I learned a lot but I wanted more and to do it on my own terms. That’s when I decided to step out and open my own small business “Bangin’ Hair Salon” in November of 2017.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I would be lying if I said it was easy. Absolutely not, as I mentioned, I had to leave school and handle my responsibilities. Also, starting out in a salon with little clientele can be challenging and very intimidating. Especially if you pay attention to what is around you as far as how “far ahead” your peers are in comparison to you. You start to question yourself. There were times where I lost my spark and that was because of the environment I was in I became stagnant and content. I lost my passion it started to become a JOB. So, I had to change my mindset and remember why I started doing hair. My advice would be to never forget why you started, research and make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Strive to be better each day, don’t get comfortable. Always have a positive mindset and keep that type of energy around you and people who are in your corner. Make sure you have a strong foundation. MOST IMPORTANTLY, TRUST GOD AND HAVE FUN!!

We’d love to hear more about Bangin’ Hair Salon.
I am the owner of Bangin’ Hair Salon. I specialize in short cuts, color, and blowouts/flat irons. I’ve been told my head massages are the best, so I can say I am known for that. I offer a variety of services and my clientele is very diverse. I like to focus on healthy hair, whether it’s relaxed, natural, color-treated or lightened. My main focus is doing what’s best for my VIPs while keeping the integrity of their hair as the primary focus. What I’m most proud of is that my VIPs know that they are my main focus, from the time they walk in until the time they leave. I pride myself on being on time and professional. I don’t believe in making clients wait or treating them like another number. I want them to leave my salon not only looking great but feeling great on the inside and like a VIP because that’s what they are to me. VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I feel like with females in particular, its always a competition, instead of uplifting one another. We are stronger together and can accomplish so much more if we support each other. It’s ok to give each other praise.

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1 Comment

  1. Shaneen M Scott

    May 29, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I have gone to Tanisha since she left Beauty school and I must say her professionalism, talent, creativity, and head massages keeps me coming back. She is a gem in my community!

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