We had the good fortune of connecting with Bretina Pittman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bretina, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always been a relatively creative person and my interest in the beauty industry started when I was super young. So I guess you can say that being a hairstylist has always been my “dream job”. I love that what I do allows me to express my creativity but it also creates an opportunity to pour into those in my chair and help them feel beautiful and confident in their natural hair. This is to me is what makes the this job so rewarding.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’ve been a hairstylist for about 10years and it’s been such a wild and rewarding journey. About 6 years into my career I made the decision to pivot from the safety of my consistent clientele to start all over and begin specializing in curly hair. To be honest at the time only about 20% of my clientele was curly, so it was like hitting the restart button on my career. The transition was uncomfortable and humbling, imposter syndrome is a real thing, but it was the best decision I could have made. It made me remember my why behind what I do and helped me find my passion again. For the last two and half years my clientele has been exclusively curly and I provide custom services that help them embrace, love and feel confident in their curls everyday. It’s such an honor to be apart of their journey. I’m also excited to start passing along my knowledge with other stylist so they can feel more confident while working with curls. I honestly I feel like I’m living a dream.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s a hard one. I would say a trip to beach is absolutely necessary, Corona Del Mar is my favorite. I also believe Disneyland is an experience everyone needs in their life. Apart from the fun of the beach and Disney, I would take them to Viva La Boba. If you haven’t been there, you’re missing out on the most delicious iced matcha. Thai Spoon is a must and hands down is the best Thai food in the area. And downtown Redlands has the cutest shops and restaurants.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
While there are so many that have supported me along the way, Heather Mogel, at Blume & Co., has been the most amazing mentor. She has helped me not only technically behind the chair but has always been my cheerleader and has continued to encourage me to grow and chase after my dreams.
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