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

Hi Lauren, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking a risk can be scary- it’s you doing something out of your comfort zone. I think it’s important to really analyze every risk taking situation before jumping in… but I also think it’s equally as important to not let fear of the unknown control you. Taking risks has allowed me to understand myself more than I ever have before & has opened the door to so many opportunities. I mean hey, if I never risked leaving college for cosmo school then there would not be a StylesByLauren.(:

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.
What an adventure this has been so far! My mom was actually the one who planted the seed of going to beauty school in my head. I never thought about it because honestly, trade schools aren’t really talked about when you’re in high school prepping for college.

After touring Paul Mitchell I immediately enrolled. Like take my money & let’s do the dang thing. After graduating their program, I was working in a salon at this point & undergoing my apprenticeship. Once that training was over, I started working at David Michael Salon. I learned so much from David, Nenette & Amy while I was there!

Then the biggest challenge of my career yet happened. We moved to Colorado. I start at a salon here in Colorado Springs in January 2019 & just really put myself out there to build a clientele as soon as I could. It was not easy by any means but once I felt I got to a steady pace in the salon, I moved into my own suite which I share with another talented artist. This is by far my proudest moment yet!

Being a stylist for just over 7.5 years now, I’ve learned to keep your head down & go after everything you want for yourself in this industry. You are an artist, express your creativity baby.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Okay so first, we are going to my parents house. My mom is going to make you the cutest breakfast burritos you have ever seen. Seriously, you’ll thank me later.

On the warm sunny days I love finding a cute spot off Washington Ave or in the Heights to grab a cute cocktail. A good margarita is the way to my heart & El Tiempo Mexican Cantina has the best!

This city is known for it’s food but Taste of Texas is a Houston classic & a must try for a good steak!!!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is for everyone who told me that being a hairstylist isn’t a real career.

Instagram: @stylesbylauren

Image Credits
Justin Martin

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