We had the good fortune of connecting with Janine Cardenas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janine, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My job consists of making women feel beautiful. Actually, I should say enhancing their beauty. You’d be surprised at how much a simple haircut can have women’s self confidence shine. I try to constantly remind all my clients that self care is sooo important. I feel like it’s so easy for us as women to let ourselves go and worry about what other bill we could use the money for, or what new toy we can get our kids. The importance for one’s self care is so overlooked. We fail to realize that this is a big factor in our mental health.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart from most is that when you sit in my chair, I will try to build a relationship with you. I will try to learn all the important aspects of my client’s life to establish trust and a build a bond. Things like knowing what your favorite food is, what your dog’s name is, & things that make you mad that your husband does….etc. This is genuinely so important to me. I will stand there and I will listen. I feel like some stylist just do it for the money. However, I want you to sit in my chair and know that I got your back. I want you to know that I will do everything in my power to make sure you leave happy. I want people to know that getting their hair done should be fun and therapeutic, not scary. People are left traumatized from stylists frying their hair, burning their scalp. or cutting 10 inches off instead of 2. I love anything beauty related, when I first got behind the chair I was on hustle mode. I was running specials, doing giveaways, woking late/long hours, paying people practically to come sit in my chair so I could practice my craft and get better. There was days I would leave the salon with cramps on my legs from being on my feet 10+ hours with no breaks sometimes. It was definitely a challenge. I questioned several times if I had even made the right decision on going to hair school. I was hard on myself, I never thought I would have gotten as much support as I do now. From family, friends, and even clients who have been with me since the beginning. I owe it all to them.
I want people to know that I truly love what I do. The quality of my work is so important to me. Hearing people tell me “Do what you want Janine, I trust you.” means more than y’all will ever know.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite places to eat are Waffle Bus and Chama Guacha. Their food is so amazing!. We would also probably go to arcades like dave and busters, or maybe even go to Galveston and admire the view of the beach while we ride bikes.
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 give a huge shout out to my mom. Growing up I was a huge daddy’s girl. My mom and I would constantly bump heads. My father lost his battle to pancreatic cancer when I was 12 in 2010. I battled depression for 3 years. I’m sure you can imagine how heartbroken I was. I know I was a handful for her. She went from being a stay at home mom to cleaning houses to make ends meet for my 3 siblings and I. She always worked so hard for us. When I got to an age where I understood how the world worked a little more, I knew I wanted to be like my mom; Independent and hard working. I know she wished she could have gave us more growing up, but the little we had was more than enough. Thanks to her I am the person I am today. She has always been our biggest supporter.
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