Today we’d like to introduce you to Cecelia Davis.
Hi Cecelia, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Truthfully, I never set out to be a hairstylist. From as early as I can remember when asked what I wanted to be, I responded with the typical answers a 5-10-year-old will give… a doctor, a nurse, a lawyer.
I never knew that being a freelance hairstylist/entrepreneur, was a career option until I had already completed my first year of college and realized that something didn’t feel quite right. That whole first year, I had spent my spare time cutting, dying, and styling the hair of my dorm mates, which at the time was just something fun to do, until it hit me, that this was something fun to do, that I could also do for a living.
Faced with indecision, instead of returning to my four years, I moved home and enrolled in the local community college where I had grown up, and completed an AA degree, at which point I had a decision to make. I would either continue on to a bachelor’s degree or take my AA and spend a year in hair school.
I’m sure it’s clear what choice I made.
Upon completion of hair school, I tested for my state license, started out in a full-service salon, and eventually found my way into Haute Blow Dry Bar, a 2 salon company, in Baltimore, where I entered as a stylist, and resigned as COO. While at the blow dry bar, I discovered a passion for working with bridal clientele, and after many years, decided to move on to start Bmore Bobby Pins, a brand specializing in on-site wedding hair styling.
Fast forward to today, I’ve been able to create a career and a life that I’m sure 5 year old me, would hardly recognize but would love, because the other thing I wanted to be when I grew up, was a mom, and the flexibility of my work has blessed me with the opportunity to maximize my time with my family, watching my little one grow.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I will say there are definitely way, way more smooth days, probably due to systems I have built over the years, but what business hasn’t seen its share of hurdles?
When I went into business for myself, I metaphorically jumped off a cliff without a parachute, so from day one I’ve had obstacles. I had to within a matter of weeks, register my business, start a marketing campaign, develop a social media presence, and so much more.
The greatest struggle though was trusting my gut, because at the end of the day it was a solo operation. Where I once had a management team to conference with, I now had myself, and my husband, who was great for systems, but who knew next to nothing about trends and reaching a market that most men are pretty clueless about.
This experience and the struggle of learning to trust me has been challenging, exciting, and most of all rewarding to know that I did it my way, with integrity, and with a client-centered mindset.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Bmore Bobby Pins?
Bmore Bobby Pins is a mobile hairstyling service, specializing in wedding hair design.
I love all wedding hair, but most brides choose me for my clean, yet textured designs.
As far as what sets me apart from others, I would have to say, my temperament. I’ve been told countless times that I have a calming presence, which I attribute to proper planning and command of my skill set that I have mastered over the years that allows me to move seamlessly through my workday, which is also what I’m most proud of.
When a bride can feel cool and collected on her wedding day, I know I’m doing my job. My brand serves all parties large and small in the DMV.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
I have several, but any time I cooked with my grandma would top the list, I’m a big believer in heritage and legacy, and learning from my grandma, keeps a piece of her alive, as well as the women she learned from before her.
I have one memory in particular. The first time she gave me the recipe for golden oyster stew. We make it every year for Christmas, and I actually just made it last week! The recipe was a tiny square she had clipped out of a newspaper and copied onto something a little sturdier. It was yellow with age, as she referred to it faithfully every year.
I remember the feeling as I saw the pot come together, the sense of pride and accomplishment, and the satisfaction on her face for a successful cooking lesson. From that Christmas on, we made it together, the last time being 2014. Now that she is gone, the making of the stew always brings warm feelings and reminds me of the most valuable lesson she taught me from cooking. Love.
- Email: Cecelia@bmorebobbypins.com
- Website: Bmorebobbypins.com
- Instagram: @bmorebobbypins
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