Today we’d like to introduce you to Raushanah Sheffield.
Hi Raushanah, 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?
How it started All started when I was a little girl. I always got teased about how kinky my hair was. As a result of my hair being so kinky my mother mixed to brands of relaxers together and put it in my hair. As a result of her mixing to different brands of chemicals my hair broke off and started shedding. That was the most embarrassing time of my life. My aunt told me to mix mayonnaise, a little hair oil, and eggs together in a bowl. She said use that as a conditioner to help strengthen your hair. After, a couple of months of “do it yourself” treatments I decided to learn how to clips my ends. Which leaded me into my hair journey.
How you got to where u are today
Where I am today took me two tries in hair school, having a strong support team and learning how to keep my faith.
The first time in hair school I dropped out due to not having the confidence in myself. Letting people around influence me in all the wrong ways by focusing on everything but school.
The second go-round in hair school I jumped out on faith and quit my job. I told myself, this time focus on what you really want. Do not let you kids see you as a failure. That’s when I realized my support team had my back.
Having that mustard seed of faith was extremely hard while in school. In my mind, I was going to drop out of school every day. That’s when I had to listen to some motivational speakers. Les Brown and Steve Harvey became my best friend. Another one of my goals I told myself is to meet them to and let them know they helped me every bit of the way.
With all the obstacles, the trials and tribulations that arise I stood strong, built an empire that I am very proud of. As I continue this journey, I know things will become greater, because of my faith in God and the love around me.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Has it been a smooth ride A smooth ride yea I wish. Every obstacle that could happen I felt happened. While in hair school my transportation broke down which seems like every other day. The commute to school was about 30 to 40 minutes one-way. The stress was at an all-time high with one income. I remember days I had to beg for a ride, days I had to start walking home. I appreciated the few classmates who took me home. I feel like every day I had a sad song and dance because of me not having transportation. During this time, I found out who was there for me and who wasn’t. Trouble times bring out the best in folks who claim to be down for you. After being in hair school for a whole year bumming rides, I was faced with having to drop out of school during the last week. I was tired of asking for rides, I was tired of feeling like I was begging for help. One of my classmates heard me saying I was going to drop out and she told me no she was not going to let that happen. This lovely lady drove from Indiana to the west side of Cincinnati to get me and drive us to school in Sharonville. I’m in tears thinking about it all over again as I am writing this. She was a true blessing. She ask for nothing in return. She said I can come and get you these last few days, but I can’t do it on the final day for you to clock out. I thanked her every day. The final clocked out they came in one of my cousins came to take me he was going to be late for work but he said he didn’t care he was going to get me there. Looking back, I was blessed in school. After I graduated from hair school, I went straight to state boards past first try. I was ready to put my skills to the test then all of a sudden, the world shut down. In my mind, I felt like the world was against me. So, I use that time to spend all I could with my kids it’s a continue to educate myself. Once the world opens back up, I was face with another challenge. I still had no car I was catching the bus to and from the salon. I was having a hard time getting clientele. It was very discouraging, I felt like I wasted all my time going to hair school. I found myself giving out free hairstyles and begging people to share my page as well as sharing my cards. All while still having to pay booth rent. As time went on, I realize that working in a traditional hair salon was not for me. I was ready to leave the hair salon and get my own suite. I wanted to offer my clients more, I was ready to supply my clients with things they needed without them having to run to the hair store. My end goal was to be a one-stop shop.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am proud to say that I am a suite owner located in blue Ash Ohio. Specializing in natural healthy hair. I the stylist supplies everything for my clients, braiding hair, the beads, bonnets, hair oil, edge brushes, and body butters, and many more. Becoming a hairstylist was the best decision I’ve ever made for me and my family. The best reward is watching someone fall in love with their hair. My favorite challenge and what I am known for is taking your hair from brittle, dull, and dry to healthy, strong, and full. Just call me Ms. Growing Hands. When clients book with me they do not have to worry about a million others sitting around waiting to get serviced. My clients get my full attention, it’s just me and them. I feel that’s what sets me apart from other stylist! As the stylist, I get to set the mood.
I, Shana Sheff, Will continue to be a role model. I am a stylist, a mom, and most of all I am me. I will always water my own seeds and continue to watch me blossom into the best version possible.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
The best childhood memory I have is when I use to watch my aunt travel to the house to do my grandmother’s hair. There was a couple times she let me tag along to see how she did things. She always told me how much fun it was to see the reaction on people’s face when they looked in the mirror after getting their hair done. She overheard my grandmother telling me that it’s OK that I do hair, just don’t make it a career because they don’t make that much money. My aunt stopped her and said, “no ma’am do not believe that if this is something you want to do go for it.” The encouraging words she said to me when I was a child really didn’t make sense until I got grown. She always told me to never water down myself to satisfy others. To learn everything that I have that I can, and in this field, you can be as creative as you would like without no one criticizing you. And now I can say her words mean everything to me as an adult.
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