We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracey Dabney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracey, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by a few things- love, nature, music, beauty & struggle but what inspires me the most is the belief that anything is possible. From as far back as I can remember my family, teachers & mentors always told me to believe that affirmation. It’s a way of life for me. This thought inspires me to dream without limitations.
Work life balance: how has your balance changed over time? How do you think about the balance?
The dichotomy between my old balance vs my new balance is night & day. When I first started my career, my mindset was to take as many clients as possible, perform all style request & be very accessible anytime. I felt like that was necessary to make more money & build my brand. I had no business boundaries & little to no free time to live because I placed my value in the dollar.
Now, I’ve discovered my niche so I’m more intentional about my time, service(s) & business goals. I have set salon hours so I’m not accessible when I’m out of the salon. This allows time to disconnect from work & live. The older I get the more I value & focus on real R&R ( Rest & Relaxation). These days quality of life is important to me so it’s all about BALANCE.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community? What sets me apart?
I’ve always had a desire to open my own salon, but I didn’t want the usual run of the mill so before I planned my idea I prayed and asked GOD for direction. It wasn’t revealed to me immediately but in increments. I documented every detail & started to slowly implement them into my services. After years of continuing education in the beauty industry, learning about natural healing/crystals & meditation practices I’ve created a unique salon experience called TATS, Tracey’s Aromatherapy Treatment Service. My signature TATS invites relaxation, inspiration & beautification at every salon visit. It also relieves stress, rejuvenates the mind all while addressing scalp needs & repairing hair damage/loss.
I’m most proud about staying the course. Life has so many twist & turns that it could’ve distracted me from my purpose. I’ve persevered through it ALL & the fruits of my labor are blossoming.
I’m most excited about my hair care line. It’s my life’s work in a bottle. My TATS Luxury Hair Mask & Beauty Oil should be anywhere you’d like to experience “Happy Feelings” & good hair.
Why did you pursue an artistic or creative career?
I believe my creative career was a gift from GOD. From the age of 5 years old, I was fascinated with hair & beauty. Watching the women in my family transform their look was so amazing to me. Just like most little girls I started with dolls & by 8 years old I had my first paying customer. Seeing a client smile, gain confidence & redefine their beauty after my hairstyle is priceless. I get to experience that magic every day.
What’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is knowing my worth & not taking everything so personal. My worth is not always measured by the amount I charge my clients or the revenue my business generates. It’s much deeper than that to me. It’s saying yes when it aligns with my business values/goals & saying no when it doesn’t, all while trying to remove some of the emotions that come along with change-it’s not personal it’s business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m all about concerts & live music, so I would definitely look for upcoming concerts but if there were none would head to The Dark Room Stl. It’s very warm & relaxing atmosphere great for just vibin’ to jazz music or connecting with a friend.
Food in Stl- I would have to visit Sweet Art Bakery. The quaint bakery feels like home as soon as you step in. Also, has some of the most decadent desserts & vegan food in the world.
Coffee in STL – I’m a coffee fan and hands down my favorite coffee spot is Park Ave Coffee in Lafeyette Square. They also serve the best gooey butter cake in the city. While were in the area if the weather is nice, we can take a nice stroll through the serene Lafayette Park.
Rest & Relaxation- I’m honestly a fan of Hilton Hotel so that’s always my preferred choice anytime I travel. The Hilton St Louis at Ball Park has a bar called the Hilton 360. It’s a rooftop bar with amazing views of Downtown STL, great food & urban vibe that invites a good time. If I had to choose a hotel experience to refer to a friend, it would be the Four Seasons downtown. The spa service/ amenities are therapeutic & necessary to relieve stress.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to anyone who has taught me, corrected me, encouraged me, mentored me, prayed for me, supported me, challenged me & changed me to unveil the life that I was meant to live. I’m grateful for every experience good & bad because it all led me here.
A special shout out to my wife (Qiana) for her unwavering support, affirmations & fortress of love. My life & business thrives because I have you by my side.
Linkedin: Tracey Dabney
Mena Darre Photography