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

Hi Heather, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
The last book I read was My Hope For Tomorrow by Ruby Dhal. It is a book of poems about path to self-discovery and mending broken pieces. “It is tender to the heart, kind to the soul and food for the mind, but it aims to alleviate all the pain and unease that people all over the world are experiencing,” as Ruby Dhal writes it. 2 1/2 years ago my personal life and professional life was going thru a massive growth period. The more I started to love myself and realize my self confidence in me and my career, the more my marriage was suffering. And thru my divorce came so many uncertainty, confusion, clarification, and emotions that I thought were not normal or not right to be feeling and thinking. After I read My Hope For Tomorrow it was like Ruby had personally written that book for me. The healing process of a divorce was something I never thought I would have to experience. Everything she had said made me feel that what I was going thru was okay and normal. I can now look back at my 2 year and know it wasn’t for nothing. That personal growth is what we are supposed to do. That even in the darkest times of our lives is when the most beautiful chaos appears.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a cosmetologist since 2007, specializing in hair and make up for special events but loving cuts and color. I am most proud of watching Shade and Strand come to life and excited to see what the future holds for my company. All my achievements and choices came from a negative situation that I used as motivation to be better, to want better for me. Was it easy? Easy is a mind frame. Its all apart of the process. I don’t feel like my journey was hard. I made a decision and then had to trust the processes. Sure it came with all kinds of emotions but I never felt like i was on the wrong path. I learned to believe in myself. I learned that happiness came at a cost. I learned to trust the universe and enjoy the beauty in the chaos.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When my bestie Kelly Dix comes to San Diego we all ways have a great time. There would be no itinerary. It would be more like let go….. We would pick up my other bestie/partner of Shade and Strand, Tiffany. Tiff is a walking yelp when it comes to food. So Tiff would take us the best taco shops. Meze Greek Fusion restaurant in Gas Lamp would diffidently be on the list. Tiff would introduce us to life changing foods! Then I would take the Bestie to hang out with the Volleyball crew. We would have to go to ski beach on Sunday to Plays 3/5 hours of volleyball. Even if you don’t play my Volleyball friends are such good company. Just being around them is enjoyable. There will probably be a lot of time watching movies and drinking tea and trips to Michaels arts n craft store with the Bestie

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My littlest brother Georgie! George Raco was the one who came up with the name “Shade and Strand”. He is the one who light the match to my fire. Conversation of my vision and making the 1st steps in my career coming forth. The salon owner of So Cal Salon LLC, Jynneva Crook, I met this beautiful positive soul at my very 1st salon in San Diego. Then she opened up her own salon giving me the opportunity to take over the store front with Shade and Strand.

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Image Credits
no credits needed, they are all from my phone