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

Hi Nancy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve taken many risks. I’m a military wife. I’ve had to raise 3 children across multiple moves to multiple states. To say that I’ve taken a leap of faith is an understatement: I would not be here, had I not taken these great, scary at the time, but ultimately gratifying and soul-enriching risks. I am the mom and wife and business owner that I am, because of the risks I’ve pushed myself to take.

To give you an idea: at the start of Covid, just like the rest of the world, I took stock of my life, what I valued and held dear to my heart. And that was my family and my health. And so, while in quarantine, I sat down and drew up plans of what I wanted the future to be like for me and my family. I returned to my lifelong pattern of growing beyond the expectations of those around me. It’s like those pretty flowers that call you to change their pots, because their roots have literally grown too big for that original space. And so my latest leap of faith involved leaving a successful salon with a very established clientele in the Cypress community and moving to open my own boutique beauty lounge.

Although, of course I was afraid that my client base would perhaps hesitate, or simply not want to change stylists or salons at a time when the world was so scary in all its new normal, I pushed that fear aside and trusted my work and reputation over the years would follow me. And so it did. My clients welcomed the space and environment I created and tailored just for them.

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.
Whether I’m doing outreach with folks enduring housing insecurity with Hope for Houston,or catering to the anxieties of a stay-at-home mom, the work that I do is healing and therapeutic. Everyone that we meet is fighting a battle that we know little to nothing about, and something as “little” as a haircut can be life-changing and empowering.

I don’t think of myself as “just” a hair stylist, I think my clients would tell you that I provide a truly safe space and an environment free of judgement and shame. Everyone who sits in my chair, knows that I am a confidant and real friend; some may even call me “essential,” believe it or not.

No one knows what we all walk around with, and when someone comes to me, for color, let’s say, I know to listen beyond a request for a natural, lived-in color. We are all multi-dimensional with the need to be seen and heard.

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?
I’d take them to my favorite watering hole, Hamilton pool near Austin. It’s Texas and it’s like an oasis of cool bliss.

For a carnivore’s delight, Steak 48.

For authentic Mexican, XOCHI downtown in the lobby of the JW Marriot.

And drinks at Secret Garden Houston.

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?
You know, in Spanish I like to say, mi madre es mi motor, my mother is my engine, truly. She is an immigrant and like all immigrants, she is all about the hustle, because immigrants don’t have the time to waste or whine, and she instilled that in me. My mother is an immigrant lady who at at one point worked cleaning homes, and she speaks THREE, not 2 languages. My madre speaks Spanish, English AND Italian. Ha!

Early on, she helped me to figure out what my own talents were and I knew that following in the steps of my aunties who are hair stylists, wouldn’t be to settle but to pursue greatness. And now my own son, is intent on becoming a barber. It’s our family legacy and I’m grateful to the women in my family for inspiring and encouraging me to pursue my passion.

Website: taboobeautylounge.com

Instagram: Taboo BeautyLounge

Linkedin: Nancy Gomez @ Taboo Beauty Lounge

Facebook: Taboo Beauty Lounge

Image Credits
Photos of Nancy and Taboo Beauty Lounge by Kreative Media, and photos working with housing insecure people by Hope for Houston staff.

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