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Conversations with Kelsey Vetri

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Vetri. 

Hi Kelsey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story… well it started when I decided to attend cosmetology school at 18 years old. My grandmother and mother, who are also hairstylists, pretty much raised me in a salon environment, and as some may say “it runs in my blood.” The craft was something I fell in love immediately and the fact that it came so easy made me want to dive headfirst into this career. 

After getting my Cosmetology license I started in an Associate Program at Tranquille Hair and Body located in Towson, Maryland. I worked next to the owner for a few months learning and advancing my knowledge to set myself up for growth behind the chair. 

7 years later and here I am; working with my second Associate this year while managing the salon’s social media accounts and continuing to grow my own clientele. The feeling of my career really coming full circle gives me so much joy. I love the education side of this industry and being able to share what I know to other stylists has become a true passion. 

I’m so excited what to see what the future holds for my career! There really is nothing better than loving what you do and being able to connect on such a personal level with people every day. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. 

About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease causing me to need multiple surgeries and A LOT of time off of work. With my health taking a turn for the worst I had to put my career on pause and focus on getting better! 

Things have been under control for a few years with little hiccups along the way. Having an autoimmune disease has created so many bumps along the way but I will never let it control me. My career is my passion. 

Once I had returned to work, a few years later I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I had a very high-risk pregnancy requiring a ton of doctors’ appointments and resulting in my son, Decker, being born with Gastroschisis. This birth defect causes a baby to be born with its intestines outside of their body. Decker needed intensive care for the first 3 1/2 months of his life. After coming back from a short maternity leave, I was trying to balance my time between being in the salon and being at the hospital, which was so difficult. 

I’m now a blessed Mama of a healthy 3-year-old and couldn’t be more grateful. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a Level 2 Summit Salon Stylist and Educator at Tranquille Hair and Body. I work with our Associates on advanced techniques and growing their skill while providing my clients with the best experience possible. 

I specialize in Blondes, Lived – In Color, and multiple forms of Extension methods. 

I’m also the social media manager for all of the salon’s social platforms as well as the marketing for my own platforms. 

The thing I have to say I’m most proud of is getting to a point where I can have an associate working with me. I have a true passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with anyone just starting out their career. I was once in that exact place. From being an Associate to having an Associate; that was a huge goal of mine. 

I’m a team player. Simple as that. I’m the type of hairstylist that is always willing to help out another colleague. I think when the. beauty industry stands together it’s a very POWERFUL thing. 

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I think the industry is going to be BOOMING. Coming back from a pandemic was one of the scariest things this career or any career has had to face. 

Was I going to be busy? Were my clients going to be able to have the same experience? And so many more. 

I was so surprised that clients were ready; no, more than ready to come sit in my chair. Business hasn’t slowed down since. 

I think maintaining a social media presence during shutdown and even now has helped me gain more reach for possible clientele. 

I think the best has yet to come! 

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