Today we’d like to introduce you to Edith Sanchez.
Hi Edith, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My journey as a hairstylist is pretty crazy I’d say.
When I was 19, I crossed the border to the United States. I was just a young woman with goals and ambitions. I started off cleaning houses in which sometimes the house owners would have me read them the English newspaper and that is where I learned to speak English.
I then got a job at a high school as a custodian and became the lead custodian. From there, I worked my way up and got offered a job as a principal’s secretary. It was around the age of 46 when I started to take interest in doing people’s hair.
I decided to pursue a career in cosmetology, I enrolled in school and got my license at the age of 47 and have been growing and learning more every day in this industry. Age to me didn’t matter I knew what I wanted to do, I went for it and now I am happy doing what I love.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has definitely not been an easy road.
The main struggle would be the language barrier. Also, being a new upcoming hair stylist there are so many techniques you have to learn.
There’s also the struggle of building up clientele in a very competitive industry, it’s even more difficult given that I am an older woman so dealing with social media and knowing how to properly work has been challenging.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in hair color. I create art by doing people’s hair by giving them a new hair color or updo.
The one thing I’m proud of is despite my age, I managed to come this far and grow as a person and in my career. I took a big step and changed my whole career around and went from working at a high school to becoming a hairstylist in my late 40s.
I believe in most cases people wouldn’t typically make that switch.
What matters most to you? Why?
My family is the most important thing to me.
Without their love and support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
What also matters to me most is god, who has given me the strength to push through this journey and has put the right people in my path who have helped me grow and learn.
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