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Check Out Debbie Harb’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Harb.  

Hi Debbie, 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?
I’ve always wanted to do hair since I was a little girl. When I left high school, I attempted cosmetology school but I was very intimidated by the industry. Questioning if I would be good enough. I ended up not finishing. After having my 3 kids, I knew I wouldn’t be happy with any job I ever had because hair was my passion. I went back to cosmetology school full time and finished in a year! Right after I passed state board, I had a job at a small salon in North Royalton. I built a large, loyal clientele very quickly and after 8yrs decided to work for myself. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done but it was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself and my children. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
For the most part, it has been smooth sailing, until Covid. Bring self-employed with no income for 8 weeks was very hard. Trying to get approved for some sort of pandemic unemployment was a struggle. Of course, you have slow weeks or months where you get nervous or question if being self-employed is worth the stress of wondering how you will support your family but it always works out in the end. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have an advanced cosmetology license and an independent contractor license. I specialize in color (including blonding, balayage, gray coverage, etc.), women, men & children’s haircuts, hair extensions, and the Brazilian Blowout. I am a Certified Extension Specialist with Dreamcatchers Hair Extensions and also Brazilian Blowout certified. 

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love our MetroParks and all the fun bars and restaurants downtown! 

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