We had the good fortune of connecting with Candice and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candice, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I came up with the idea or name of my business based on a combination of things like my first name, nick name, and the french word coiffure. I remembered a childhood salon having coiffure in their name and wanted to incorporate it in my salon name. When you look up the definition of Coiffure, it refers to a person’s hairstyle usually an elaborate one. That’s the feeling I want all my salon guest to have when they look in the mirror at the end of their service.
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.
When it comes to my work, I take pride in thoroughly educating each salon guest I encounter on their hair or eyebrow needs. We work together on developing a plan to achieve the goals they express to me early on usually during a consultation or first salon visit. I feel like the way that I teach them different tips and tricks is what sets me apart from others in my industry. I’ve had multiple clients say that after meeting me and talking with me I make them feel so much better and more comfortable when it comes to their natural tresses. That’s so heartwarming to hear! It took me some years and I mean years of trial and error to get comfortable enough to build a clientele, go part time in Nursing, and now have my own salon suite. It was not easy and still isn’t easy but I like to reflect on a saying a fellow stylist I look up to always says and that’s to “Do it SCARED” -Nuk (IG: stylesbynuk). If I could’ve changed anything, I would’ve probably worked full time for a while in the beginning of my salon career vs going straight into Nursing school right after graduating cosmetology school so that I could’ve been around more veteran stylists to learn from them. Since we cannot go back and change the past, I learned sometimes you have to pivot and make the best of my situation. Never compare yourself or your situation to others, what’s meant for you is for you!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, that’s a good question because I don’t go out much because I’m usually working. I would recommend brunching at somewhere like Grace’s or Phil and Derek’s. The breakfast Klub is a delicious breakfast spot too. For hanging out or on a Sunday Funday Prospect park is cool. The wings are good, have some drinks with good music and a hookah of course! You want to get there early though because it gets busy quick. Then if all else fails I would either hop on google maps, yelp, or blackbookhouston to find other things for us to get into during their stay to show them a good time while in H-town!Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the courageous woman that birthed me, my mom. She is my biggest cheerleader in any and every endeavour I’ve ever embarked on during my 30+ years on this earth. I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for her teaching me to go after whatever it is I wanted in life. It’s because of her that I did not fear not only becoming a licensed cosmetologist/ entrepreneur but she also gave me the push I needed to become a Nurse as well. She sacrificed so much and for that I am forever thankful. Love you mom! To my son, who keeps me going on the days I may not have the energy or drive knowing he is counting on me is all I need to push through. Thank you so much to every Candii’s Coiffure client, supporter, colleague, other beauty professionals, photographers, etc that have supported my business in any way you are truly appreciated.
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