We had the good fortune of connecting with Briley Finney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Briley, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I would say some habits that helped me succeed are being steadfast. There are days that can be discouraging in the hair industry, but if you stay dedicated, hard work pays off. I also would say being a good listener. Listening to hear, and not just respond. I also had the privilege of being surrounded by talented artists, that were happy to mentor me. I believe it’s extremely important to be okay with saying no, and knowing your value, I have learned a lot of valuable advice, from my favorite podcast by Britt Seva. At the end of the day, consistency, work life balance, and knowing who you are as an artist, while supporting other artists, are habits that help you succeed.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a hairstylist that offers many services. I’ve worked under several mentors, who have encouraged me, pushed me, critiqued me, and inspired me to truly understand what it means to listen. I absolutely love sitting and having a thorough consultation with my clients. I love creating textured looks, lived-in color, (looks natural and has a soft grow out), blonde color, short styles, and many other things. I feel like being a stylist is much more than the art you create on the client. I do feel like each person’s hair is my canvas, but the ability to love people, listen to people and give them excellent customer service is an art itself. I want every client to feel heard. I want to always be willing to learn and grow so that I can confidently offer something creative and new. I’ve moved salons a couple of times, and ran into some challenges, that have helped me understand what I’m wanting in a salon. Some lessons that I’ve learned, is to stay true to who you are, it’s easy to jump on Instagram, and try and change your brand or how you do things that set you apart. Encourage other artist and their work, without questioning your own work. I’ve learned it’s okay to say no, and not every client needs to be your client. My brand is Fringe in Focus. I love cutting fringe (bangs) and I love how hair and photography go hand and hand. I love how I can take pictures of my best work, and go back later and make mental notes, so that I can always improve my work, and learn to better my craft.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Britt Seva: Thriving Stylist Podcast Maria memorial hair stylist: my mentor Kelly Lake at T’nT Hair salon: my mentor Taylor & Toni at T‘nT Hair Salo and Liz Haven Oneill
Facebook: Fringe in Focus