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

Hi Lisa, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My business began as so many other small businesses, in our initial quarantine. I spent the first two months sick with what I believe was covid and devastated over the loss of one of my dear friends. I’ve been a self employed single mother running my hair salon for over 15 yrs and was panic stricken over the potential loss of my business which added to the fear and worry of covid. The end of April I volunteered to make masks with a group of local women for first responders. It gave me a sense of purpose and was a contribution to my community. In doing so I noticed the way I was feeling. I realized that creating something,  anything, helped me with my depression and anxiety. I had lived in my new house for only 2 weeks before lockdown and had not fully unpacked or decorated. I decided I was going to actually attempt some of the project’s I had saved on pinterest through the years. Fast forward to finding a sculpture. I told my daughter I had purchased some clay and was going to make these little body figures and asked if she would be interested in “playing”.  We discovered something about ourselves and that creating, sculpting gave us intense focus and helped tremendously with depression and anxiety. We sent pics to our friends and family and everyone wanted one. I said we need to do something with this. Lets think of a name. Let’s do this! We started with the female figure and the pregnant figure then we added the male and female candles ( Hymm + Holly) and then it just grew from there. Olivia is now focused on her school and her full time job and is no longer assisting me with sculpting etc. I coukd no not maintain my salon any longer and made the difficult decision to close it down in October. Hymm + Holly has sparked a joy within me that I have not had in a very long time. It has been a type of medicine in helping me with my anxiety. And the best partnership is that I’ve met and connected with some amazing people along the way! It amazes me when I think of all of the countries I’ve shipped to and that they have a little piece of me in their homes but they don’t realize they have given me so much more!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a hairstylist by trade and I displayed some of my sculptures for my clients to see and stated to one that I didn’t know I could do this. She replied that I have always been a sculptor in the sense that I have been sculpting hair. I was just using a different “medium” with Clay. I had never thought of it that way.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to take the opportunity to thank my followers and influencers. Hymm + Holly wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the support of them xo

Website: https://hymmandholly.com/

Instagram: @hymmandholly

Image Credits
Hailey Mai Photo (incense photos)
The cool jag Jacquex – content creator (trio w/David bust)
Lisa Langlois

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