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Check Out Lauren Walker’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Walker. 

Hi Lauren, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I grew up in a family of multiple hairstylists, so I was very familiar with the trade. I learned how to manage my own hair very early on, and I would do my peers’ hair in undergrad for some extra bucks. I was a pre-med major, and my plan was to become this wonderful doctor and save the world; with careful consideration, partying, and common sense, I settled for a career in psychology! When I graduated from college, I jumped right into the workforce, and needless to say, I hated it! I worked with children who have mental health and behavioral issues, which I loved because helping others is what drives me. What I hated was the structure and routine. Creatively I was bursting out of the seams! I would always tell the kids, “Hey, if you have a good week, I’ll curl your hair Friday.” Hair was always this never-ending talent that I couldn’t run away from. When I decided to attend cosmetology school, it was just to pick up a side job for extra income, but I had no idea it would become my life. I started noticing how many of my clients were balding and thinning and the effect that it had on their mental health. It was devastating, to say the least. That magical cape that I kept hidden was poking out. This was my chance! I started thinking of new ways to cut and style to cover the spots. Wigs, weaving techniques, toupees. I dived into the chemistry of hair, and I finally found that thing that made me tick. That thing that all humans are searching for. Passion, my “reason,” my ministry! I never realized how boxed in I was until I was free to pursue something that was bigger than me. And that moment birthed Lauren’s Hairtique. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Heck no! But has it been worth it, YES! I wouldn’t trade any of the obstacles because it built my character. Life still happens while we are operating our businesses. So how you juggle the two will determine your success. One of the biggest hurdles was losing my home to a fire during my first year in business. I remember going to Walmart afterwards to get the essentials, soap, toothpaste, 2 pair of leggings, and I borrowed my niece’s shoes which she never got back! I took my butt to work the very next day. I’m not telling this story to say don’t take time off or grieve, but that would have did nothing for me. My reality was I had a small wedding party the next day, and the bride wanted to finally feel beautiful after hiding behind horrible wigs for years. It was a hard lesson for when you have a God-given gift. Sometimes situations and circumstances are bigger than us. My mission and my purpose was stamped on that day. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an associate trichologist through the US trichology institute. A trichologist is someone who studies diseases and disorders related to the hair and scalp. I specialize in non-surgical hair replacements. I customize and alter wigs, weaves, and toupees to create natural-looking tresses for women experiencing hair loss. What people love is that I offer a small intimate 1 on 1 salon setting to my customers. 70 percent of women will experience hair loss in their lifetime, and it can be a traumatic experience. I cater to that by offering maximum privacy. I believe what sets me apart is my background in psychology and the psychosocial effects that hair loss can have on both men and women. I am able to empathize with them and empower them in such a way that only a therapist could! My clients get a 2-for-1 special! I am most proud of my clients that become confident over their time with me. Upon our initial meeting, they are nervous, insecure and they are grieving the loss of their hair. After several visits, they are unashamed and free, and I love it! I’ve had women that haven’t showed anyone their hair in over 30 years! It’s amazing to see the transformations physically and emotionally. Healing inside and out is the goal. 

How do you define success?
Success is doing what you love while helping others and maintaining a prosperous and profitable life for your loved ones. Let’s be honest; we all need money to live. But helping our brothers and sisters by giving them hope, building our communities for the next generation, and being financially free and happy is the cherry on top. 

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