We had the good fortune of connecting with Nesha Weems and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nesha, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has definitely changed throughout the years. When I first decided to start my own business ‘Sets Salon’ the scales were tilted, there was no balance. Work over everything! I demanded from myself extremely long hours living off coffee and never getting enough sleep because I wanted to make sure I was successful. I worked in two salons in different cities for years dividing my time, I was stretched and saying ‘No’ was not an option.
Self-care wasn’t a thing back then, so I didn’t see a problem overworking and not making myself a priority. It wasn’t until a couple years into running my business that I learned taking a break is okay. Learning to delegate which is one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn and building a solid team helped me find the balance I needed to take it to the next level. I never knew working on myself personally would positively impact my business. I started working out, eating better, eating in general and spending more time with my family and friends. I was putting more energy into my personal relationships which made me a happier person positively impacting my business operations and overall success. As a professional stylist I work closely with people every day. The moment they entire my chair I am putting my hands on them, and I believe they can feel my energy, so taking care of myself became more of a priority. I definitely work smarter these days and if this pandemic has taught me anything it’s that you can slow down, you can take a break and still reach your goals.
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.
Starting out as a stylist I would take any client who would have me. I did a little bit of everything because I always wanted to be a well-rounded stylist. One of my biggest fears was getting a client in the chair that I didn’t know what to do with. I learned all hair types, styles, extensions, coloring, cuts etc. which ultimately led me to what I am most passionate about, hair care. Choosing a specialty isn’t the easiest choice because it takes so many services off the menu which means turning away a lot of business, but I knew if I let my passion lead the way I wouldn’t lose. I stopped trying to be good at everything and decided to be great at one. I took it back to the basics and built my business around roller sets, conditioning treatments, and haircuts focusing solely on real hair. I wanted women to embrace their real hair and show them it’s possible to have the styles and colors they wanted in a healthy way.
Hair care is a long game, a lifestyle so trying to convince some clients to trust the process isn’t easy but what helped me overcome this challenge is the relationships I’ve built with my clients. Relationships built on trust, communication and teamwork which are all important when on a healthy hair care journey. Treating your hair means spending time in the salon so my team and I not only provide a service we provide an experience for our clients. Most importantly, one of my core values is to lead by example and practice what I preach which means I include my hair care in my self-care journey making sure my hair speaks volumes to what I do.
I want the world to know that healthy hair is achievable for all hair types and at Sets Salon that is our goal.
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?
Great breakfast spots The butcher baker and cappuccino maker
Dinner and drinks
Katana, Nobu, Ysabel and Craig’s
Shopping and people watching at the grove, century city mall. Walking the board walk in Manhattan beach
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Provi and Sabrina. Sabrina gave me my first salon job in the city of Los Angeles. She and her mother Provi showed me so much warmth and kindness. Their family work environment is a standard I still go by with my own business. Provi taught me so much about hair care and introduced me techniques I later built my foundation on. Working closely with some who loves their craft the same way you do is a driving force. The special please I have for them in my heart is endless
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