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

Hi Melissa, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue a creative career because I didn’t want to work in an office every day. I needed a professional where it was okay to be a weirdo, and of utmost importance was to have a skill in which was something that was my own that would also help people. Plus I talk a lot so being a hairstylist that caters to an eco-conscious clientele was the perfect choice for me. And while I love working with my clients I still have creativity that runs through me so I have a second career as an author who’s published everything from novels to poems in genres ranging from horror to spy thriller.

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.
As a hairstylist I get to create art that someone wears everyday, and using only vegan ingredients which can not only give my guests all the vibrant colors of the rainbow it also ensures that their tresses stay beyond healthy. Nothing about being hairstylist is easy, however it is rewarding (and not just in a monetary sense). Every day is new, as are my guests requests so keeping in time with the trends with continued education is a must. My continued education isn’t just about the best color formulas and latest technique, but working on my business as the CFO, CEO, and CMO as well as ‘the talent’. Overcoming challenges behind the chair are much like those when writing, publishing, and promoting my latest novel in that it all starts and ends with me. While I am a commissioned stylist that works at a salon in the heart of Montrose in Houston, it is my sole responsibility to give my guests the best service while in my chair and set them up for success with their at home care. I overcome these challenges by listening to my guests needs while at the salon, and by having volunteers reading my novel before I publish it so I can get feedback from prospective readers.
Basically my job is as much about working on myself as it is listening to my guests and readers. That also includes listing and taking advice from my peers and mentors when I’m branching out-which is something I do a lot because change is scary but good.

When I have a guest in my chair I hope that they feel confident to be themselves, feel beautiful, and more confident.

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?
Anyone that visits Houston I tell them they have to check out the Water Wall in the Galleria. It’s a serene slice of life in probably the busiest part of the city and you’ll be sure to see someone get engaged as well. All your shopping needs are met down Westheimer between Montrose and Hazard from eclectic clothes, antiques, and more than a few tattoo shops if you want to memorialize the trip.
Barnaby’s and Pinks Pizza on West Gray are great places to dine for more casual fare, but for those wanting something a little more fine dinning then I’d recommend Hugo’s with it’s authentic Mexican food that’s so delicious you’ll be sure to dream about it long after you leave.

For a quick morning run I’d recommend the trails along Rice University that have some beautiful trees and you can stop by the botanical gardens one of my favorite places for a date.

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 boss Anthony Skoog-owner of Green Apple Salon took a chance on a stylist who’d only cut hair and trained me to become a master colorist. Now I’m working toward becoming an educator myself.

Instagram: @melgreenapple

Twitter: @melalgood

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melalgoodhair/

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/green-apple-salon-houston-2

Image Credits
Bianca Gaviria, Katherine Corro

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