We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Carpenter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Crystal, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk taking is probably one of the determining factors to if your business takes off or not. Scared money doesn’t make money is more truth than cliche. You can’t be scared or shaky about your own business because it’ll just make everybody else scared & shaky about you. If I was afraid to take risks I wouldn’t have a suite or a product line. No risk no reward.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a hairstylist & I think the major difference between me & other stylists is that I genuinely care about my clients’ hair. They’re used to a new generation of stylist who rush their work, make them come overly prepped, & are in a hurry to get them out. My clients are so loyal because I build relationships with them & set hair goals with them then do my best to help them reach those goals. I actually become a part of their lives. So that’s the biggest difference along with my customer service being top tier.

It took a while for me to get to where I am now. Everything wasn’t always just uphill & successful so it wasn’t easy at all. I think me & everyone around me just knew that I wasn’t meant to do anything else so on the days where I wanted to give up they would be in my ear telling me that quitting wasn’t an option because I wasn’t meant to do anything else.There are always challenges starting off. Everyone starts from ground zero. You have no clientele, no following, you basically make no money but you literally just have to stay consistent. Consistency brings in clients, money, & a following. So I waited out the rough patch stayed consistent & things moved in the right direction.

I’ve learned a lot. I’m becoming better at reading people because I’ve learned that sometimes people do support you & want you to do good as long as you don’t have the potential to do better than them. Then you become a threat so you have to be wary of those people. I’ve also learned to constantly be open to learning new things. You’re never done learning & you never know it all, that’s a lesson we all have to learn if we want to keep growing. But I think the biggest lesson I learned was you always have to try again even when stuff goes wrong you try again because if you quit in that moment of frustration everything you worked so hard to do up until that point was a waste of time. So you always try again when things go wrong & more than likely the breakthrough comes right after.

I feel like I want people to know that I have every intention on making my brand big. I see big things for my brand & for my business so I’m going to fight my hardest to reach the goals I see down the line for myself. What I’ve accomplished so far is such a small portion compared to what I have in mind & I’m younger than most people think so I have time to accomplish so much more but I work like I’m running out of time so it’ll all get done. The owner of Detour Hair Studio told me I’d probably be on Essence by the time I’m 35 so I’m trying to make it happen.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA has a lot of great places for people to genuinely enjoy themselves & I’m talking about real LA not the stuff you see on tv. We’d probably go to Coffee Company for breakfast because I always leave there full & pretty faded, we could go to the beach afterwards because I absolutely love the beach it’s my happy place I truly feel like I can breathe & be still for a moment when I’m at the beach, we could take a quick trip to the Slauson to visit my body butter lady because she has the most amazing products, then to Fiesta Martin for some quick drinks because they’re drinks are amazing, more than likely go to the nail shop for a good pedicure, & then go to Fin & Feathers for dinner because everyone I know absolutely loves that place. I’m pretty much a simple girl so those are kind of my vibes for a good time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a few people in my life that helped me get to where I am today. My biggest shoutouts would probably have to go to Ladonna, the owner of Detour Hair Studio in Inglewood because she’s been sort of a mentor to me & my best friend she’s always behind the scenes working through my ideas with me.

Website: https://thegrowthsystem.store/

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