We had the good fortune of connecting with Denisse Carrillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Denisse, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I used to work 6-7 day weeks since I was 16. I thought it was normal- if I wanted to succeed I had to work hard enough, harder than everyone else, to make those dreams come true. I even burnt out a couple of times because of how much I was working, and I missed out on a lot of family events and time with my son. Now, at 25 I work 4 days a week and it’s been the best thing I could’ve ever done for myself and my family. And of course when you are starting your business or career for yourself you do need to hustle- but you need to find the appropriate times to do so! Set a calendar or specific time of the day to do that. I may only work physically 4 days a week but I do still work all the time from home. But now I know- If I’m with my family, a holiday, after 9 pm, or dinner then the phone is down and out of sight. I try to give my son my full attention when I am with him. The world is not going to stop because you didn’t respond to someone right away- and If it did for that person- then honestly they are not worth your time or business.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My medium is hair! It’s just another canvas for another kind of artist. I like to do fashion colors, dark hair, thick/long hair, fun haircuts and everything else in between! My style is a lived in grows out seamless look. For me personally, it was not easy to be where I am today. Teen mom, mental health struggles, school and an apprenticeship later I am the hairdresser I am and I continue to learn and grow every single day! We all make mistakes, we just have to take accountability and figure out how to resolve it or better yourself. I’ve learned to never be afraid, there are no stupid questions, always ask for help, and to keep on going. Hair is an investment, and so is your education- and that goes for anyone’s business.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this one coffee shop in montrose, south side espresso. It’s a cute locally owned cafe with fun pastries and yummy coffee- my drink order is an iced honey butter oat latte! If you were vegan, I’d take you to the Cascabel Mexican restaurant and recommend the tamarindo margarita with the mole enchiladas! Then more tex mex at Goode Co. kitchen and cantina for drinks, quesoo and chocolate cream pie! I love the arboretum because there are miles of trails and you get some good nature in the middle of our city, or levy park for the kids and dogs! Oh, and I can’t forget Mia’s table for some chicken tenders 🤤

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?
I could NOT have done this without my mentors at my salon, Hue salon in Montrose. Specifically, Tess and Alan. They encouraged me to be who I am, coached me, and always have my back. Honestly all of my coworkers inspire me everyday to be a better person and hairdresser- we all ask for help when we need it and we never hesitate. Team work makes the dream work! Apart from my work family, my partner Elmer has always been my biggest cheerleader. He pushed me everyday to help me meet my goals. He was also my biggest ear to the venting lol! Love y’all forever.

Website: Hue-salon.com

Instagram: @clenisse, @huesalon

Yelp: Hue salon

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