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Inspiring Conversations with Gianni Hagans of The OMGi Salon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gianni Hagans.  

Gianni, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My mother was a cosmetologist so I grew up in the salon setting. I was like 13-14 braiding other kids’ and some men’s hair on Saturdays. Due to life experiences, I didn’t take advantage of the cosmetology program at the career center so doing hair was just always a side hustle as I worked my main job. 2017 rolls around and I’m just completely fed up with working for corporate America so I got a plan together, gave my two weeks’ notice, and started at the Aveda Institute of Columbus to obtain my cosmetology license. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
In the beginning, it was definitely bumpy. At the time I was a mother to my 7-year-old son, going to school from 9a-8p, M-W-F, and working 10p-6a those same nights… talk about tired. On the opposite days, I was working in a salon setting as a braid to help build up my clientele. Balancing being present for my son as well as grinding to secure a better career was quite exhausting, to say the least. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Growing up, I grew up in an environment that was often chaotic and I didn’t have a place to go for escape so in my salon, my goal is to be a place of peace and reset from the outside world. Our saying is that beauty is more than how you look but how you feel so when each guest is finished, they have an “OMG! I look/feel good and feel refreshed” feeling. 

Our salon is known for providing consistent and quality service. You may not see a lot of the hot trends like wigs & weaves but what you do see is ahead of healthy hair and returning customers. First and foremost, healthy hair for all of our guests is the main goal. It doesn’t matter what you do with your hair to make it look good, if it isn’t healthy, what’s the point? So, we tackle that first. 

The OMGi Salon is big on giving back and building connections. Given that I went through children’s services and the Huckleberry House as a teen, I’ve seen first-hand how your outer appearance can affect how you feel so it’s important for me to be able to help out when I can. Being behind the chair allows for us to not only be hairstylists but mentors, big & little sisters, & just a friend to the people we provide services for. 

We service everyone regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity. 

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Get connected! Join local groups on social media, make a status on your page about needing a mentor, etc. Building relationships in the beauty industry is important. For me, I have a few people I could seek advice from but I honestly navigated this industry of my own will. I want to be able to give back to those coming up in the beauty industry. 

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