We had the good fortune of connecting with Quitina High and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quitina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I worked for various small businesses within the beauty industry since I was 15. I have always been inspired by the drive, discipline and determination of the owners I have encountered. Early in my career, I begin managing small businesses, corporate based salons and even did some work in Human Resources for a short time. Throughout my journey, I was developed into a strong leader and was given strong business skills, but I was lacking control of my schedule and home life. I pursued my own businesses to put all the things I had learned over the years in motion, and to spend time with my growing family. Being in control of how the industry was perceived was also very important to me. I wanted to bring class and professionalism back to the forefront of the beauty industry, and I knew that starting my own business would give me the freedom to do so.
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.
I am an Ethnic Haircare Specialist, and I am passionate about hair that looks great but maintains being healthy. I have also built my brand based on breaking the stigma of long wait times, unprofessional stylists and cookie cutter appointments within the industry. All services are designed according to the client, their hair type and texture and their goals. I arrived here professionally after I worked for Drybar as a General Manager for about 2 years. I wanted to take all of the empowerment and knowledge I had gained in that arena and position myself to open a salon studio. The appointments are efficient, thorough, luxurious and affordable. I also use my platform to empower women, and to break the stigma and have candid conversations surrounding mental health. On this journey, the most important thing I’ve learned along the way is to remain a student. Blazing your own trail is sometimes lonely and can be difficult when you have your own vision and path to follow. I am always open to learning new techniques, new ways of doing things and adaption to changes within the industry. The world should know that my passion for changing the standard in the beauty industry and beyond is evident in my brand, business, and my clients.
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.
Because I’m currently in the DC area, we would visit NuVegan, a soul food style vegan restaurant. We would also visit The Wharf, and have dinner at Kith and Kin, have s’mores by the pier, and visit 12 Stories Club for dining and dancing, I would also do a guided tour of the Georgetown Waterfront, and the Monuments, especially at night.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband and best friend deserves so much credit in my story. I was working a full time job, but super unhappy and he encouraged me to branch out and open my own studio. It was a financial sacrifice, and I only had a handful of clients, but he believed in my ability and cheered me on. He put up shelves, helped me set up everything on the administrative end, and was even the inspiration for the salon name– Hair Everywhere. That came about when I was doing blowouts in the kitchen and he would complain about finding random strands when clients left. He is my best friend and biggest supporter!
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