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

Hi Hailey, what role has risk played in your life or career?
If you do not take risk then you will not be successful. Taking gambles in this industry is a must because there is always a new trend, technique or beauty guru in the wind. If you are comfortable then you are not growing with the industry. I have been in the hair game for nearly five years now, but before that I attended college for a bachelors degree. I have always loved makeup, hair and fashion and knew it as ultimately what I wanted to do for a career. I always loved the idea of making people feel pretty, valued and important. Fast forward I dropped out of college and went to the Aveda Institute Houston and had tons of great educators. There was one in particular Miss Tony she said, “If you want to make it in this industry you have to be a shark”.
Being a shark is taking what you want, being fearless and taking risks in every situation and I live by that. One big risk in my life was my husband joining the United States Coast Guard. My husbands job requires lots of time away and lots of moving around the country. Ultimately this is difficult with my career, but I look at it as a new adventure! A new risk! I worked at a salon in Florida and I learned so man new tips, tricks and ideas. Now we are back in Houston and I am able to take what I learned and apply it with my clients.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other stylist is I will get super honest and blunt with my clients all the way from personal life to what would work best for them hair wise. In the hair world were told to do anything and everything on a client; however, every hair style will not work for everyone. I take into account their face shape, cheek bones and eye color when deciding what hair color and cut would be best suited for them! One of the hardest lessons I learned in this industry is you will NOT make everyone happy and it something that is super hard to accept because we are naturally people pleasers. It took a few years to have faith in myself and my work to not let unhappy people get the best of me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spot is The Houston Zoo during Christmas time because of Zoo Lights! My husband and I go practically every year! Best bar in my opinion is The Truck Yard I love the live music, different types of trucks every night and all their signature drinks. Also, it is legit an adult playground and what is better than that? Now if y’all are wanting to take a trip to the North East side in Humble, TX my hometown! Taco Flores has the BEST breakfast tacos along with their bomb lunch/dinner menu. Super cheap and great people.

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?
My number one supporter is my husband Trey because no matter what I want to do has always has my back. He is my biggest cheerleader and he always pushes me to purse my dreams and I would not be where I am today without my best friend.

My Mom, Dad and brothers for always believing in me when I never believed in myself.

My mentor Leif Christiansen at Leif’s Hair Studio came to the United States in the 1970’s with only $20 in his pocket and has been doing hair for nearly 65 years. He has taught me everything when it comes to hair and I can only hope to become the hair stylist he is one day.

Website: leifhair.com

Instagram: instagram.com/greinyourgears

Facebook: Hailey Grein

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