We had the good fortune of connecting with Clarissa Karagosian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clarissa, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am originally from Worcester, a city outside of Boston, Massachusetts. My parents had no accomplished any of their dreams, therefore always discouraged me of doing such. I was raised hearing that creative jobs were fun college jobs, not careers. This made me want to follow my calling even more. I knew I wanted to work for myself, and lead others while inspiring their creative side. I knew I wanted so much more than I was told I was capable of. My upbringing filed the fire to succeed and do what I love, regardless of what anyone thought of it. My complete focus for as long as I can remember, was to prove people wrong and simply keep getting better and learning new ways to be creative. Worcester was full of crime and low income households, however I met so many great artists in all different forms of art. Most of the creatives I came across were photographers and painters. I grew up always loving art as my mom did, however both of my parents worked normal low paying hourly jobs with no creative tasks. The people in my city I met mostly through social media, they also inspired me to make art for a living. As a hairstylist, I’m able to make others feel beautiful while working with different textures, mixing different colors & styling. I’m also able to photograph my work and create an aesthetic feed to showcase what I do. Today, I’m so glad I was told I could never make a career out of art or hair. Because it’s exactly what I’m doing and it’s only just begun.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Clarshairs is my brand. I want everyone to feel beautiful, I want everyone to find the colors that suit them best and wear them confidently. Most importantly I want my clients hair to feel good. I’ve learned a lot about customer service, social media, & communication through my work and I love handling the business side as much as I love working on clients. It was not easy to uproot and move to Los Angeles to follow my dreams, but today I’m almost always fully booked in Hollywood California. I moved here without a single client and met so many wonderful people since, so thankful for the clients with me since my first day! Communication was key in gaining new connections and clients. Making sure I was confident in my abilities when talking about my work. Social media truly helped me to grow a business as well, it is so powerful and connects so many people to small businesses.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friend out to coffee at Philz. After that we could walk around the Americana, I always loved the atmosphere it’s so clean and peaceful walking around the fountain there. There are so many cool rooftop brunch spots in downtown la, With views of the city and good food. The jewelry district is also a favorite of mine in downtown, really interesting area but so many vendors and unique things for good prices.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My fellow service providers that go above and beyond to create a wonderful experience for their clients