We sat down with Ms. Easum to find out more about her.
“I was born for this!” she replied, when asked why she decided to pursue a career in cosmetology. “As far back as I can remember, I knew what I wanted to be ‘when I grew up’. You could always find me fixing and styling cousin’s and friend’s hair. I even studied a book about how to cut hair at home, when I was barely into high school, and practiced on anyone who would let me near them! Being a cosmetologist isn’t what I do, it’s who I am. It’s my passion.”
Her professional career began 18 years ago, after graduating at the top of her class from the Community College of Cosmetology. She went straight to work in a corporate owned salon, where she honed her clipper cutting skills, and started building a loyal customer base. From there she continued working as a stylist and salon manager, before venturing into commission and independent booth rental salons.
Ms. Easum says she has finally found the place she was “meant to be”, and that place is owning her own salon studio.
“I love having the freedom to make my salon what I want it to be. From design and style, to the music and atmosphere. I enjoy treating my clients like royalty. After all, they’re the ones keeping me in business” Ms. Easum exclaims. “Far too often it’s taken for granted that the customer in your chair could have gone to a bazillion other stylists or salons, but they are right there, in YOUR chair.”
Here’s a little Q & A session we had with Amber:
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do with hair?
A: “I love cutting and coloring. Simply having my hands in hair, creating a masterpiece is so gratifying. Watching shape and color come together makes me the happiest!”
Q: What do you find exciting in this job?
A: “That every day is something a little different. My creative juices get to flow with each client request, and helping boost someone’s confidence and self esteem tickles me every time!”
Q: How do you stay up-to-date with the latest styles?
A: “Well, continuing education is very important to me. I enjoy traveling to hair shows, where platform artists teach new techniques and styles. I’m also very active in social media, and follow several celebrity hairstylists who teach the newest trends in coloring and cutting. I follow the motto ‘If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward’.”