We had the good fortune of connecting with Atiya Wright Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Atiya, how do you think about risk?
When i first decided to open my salon, i had no idea how i was going to manage but i jumped right in. It went from me saying ” by the end of 2021 i’ll have a salon” to ” in 6 months”. I sat up in my bed and looked for local salons and that same day i signed a lease. I was questioning myself wondering if i was moving too fast, or if i was doing to right thing. Now look at me!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Look….. How i got where i am was no where close to easy. So many set backs , let downs, self doubt and many tears. I havent fully overcome the trials yet but with experience i am better suited to get through them. I feel what sets me apart from others is me just being me. My personality, my drive , my spirit, my willingness to be successful and the love for hair is unmatched because no one else can be me. Im just Tia. Ive learned that you cant focus on others while trying to be successful and it isnt bad to take advice from experienced stylist, they paved the way for many of use today. You take the best advice you are given and apply it. I want people to know that even when you think no one is watching or when you think you aren’t doing enough, someone is looking up to you and that everyday is a lesson. Never think you have all the answers because you dont.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Heres the thing, Houston has such a variety of places, i wouldnt know where to start. I love Red Circle located in china town, The Melting Pot near The Galleria and Discovery Green. Discovery Green is filled with life. So many groups of people can be found there, events restaurants and more.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The people who deserve a shoutout are my clients. Without them, i wouldnt be where i am today.