Today we’d like to introduce you to Anya McKenzie.
Hi Anya, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started doing hair at the age of 14 in my parent’s kitchen & began to take it seriously after I had my first child at 19. I went to hair school & after working as an assistant and hairstylist for a few years, I decided to open my shop at age 21. Providing a good life for my daughters was the push I needed to become what I am today.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has been difficult but worth it. Being a young mother is very trying yet still rewarding. Having to completely gut the space that I was in & turning it into a beautiful storefront while also balancing being a young mother of two has been challenging. The sky is the limit & I’m willing to do whatever to keep becoming a woman my daughters can look up to.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a hairstylist & I specialize in weaves and wig extensions. I am known for slaying frontals & being creative with my styles. I am most proud of being a young salon/boutique owner. I can set myself apart by constantly staying on top of new trends.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those just starting?
I advise anyone starting in the business to take as many classes as possible. Even if you think you don’t need to. The smallest thing can make your technique 10x better. And don’t listen to outside opinions get to you. Stay true to yourself and listen to your gut always.
- Instagram: Styledbyanyanicole
- Youtube: Anya Nicole