We had the good fortune of connecting with Maryam Kamran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maryam, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Lahore, Pakistan. Growing up, my mom was also a hairstylist. It was inspiring to see her work in a society where men are in control of women’s education and other important choices in life. My dad was very supportive of her working and chasing her dreams. She started off her own business by herself in our house and ended up with 2 salons as well as becoming an educator in the hair industry. Having opportunities in the U.S. helped me start off my career and I took advantage of the resources to help me grow and succeed . I was inspired at a young age that if I hard and believe in myself, I can pursue my dreams and become successful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I work in the hair color service industry. It was not easy to reach the place I am now, I had to work from rock bottom as a shampoo assistant, then learn the basics through education and continue learning even after I worked at salon for years. I met new people at work as clients and stylists, I became an educator and mentor, and inspired others with my knowledge and skills. I had to make clients happy by putting my heart and soul into this. Finding balance in work and personal life was hard, as well as staying consistent and not giving up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food: Himalaya Restaurant (Pakistani cuisine) | EggHaus Gourmet (Breakfast) | Amorino Gelato (Dessert) Sites: Museum District, Hermann Park, NASA, Highland Village, CityCentreWho else deserves some credit and recognition?
Arthur Barnes, he is a hairstylist and a salon owner. @artherthecolorist