We had the good fortune of connecting with Shelbilyn Bibby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shelbilyn, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always gone at things full force. 100% commitment or nothing at all. So even at a young age, I reached for the stars. When I decided to pursue cosmetology rather than the marketing route- I told myself 3 things. 1. I wanted to be a blonding specialist. 2. I wanted to work in the Greater Houston Area. 3. I wanted to open my own salon. After just 3 short years , I accomplished 2 of the 3 goals I set for myself from the get go. The final goal to crush would be opening my own business. The thought of running my own business was scary but in a good way. I could fine tune every single detail and really make it my own by putting in the hard work and dedication. Riding out the good and the bad waves. So now that I have accomplished that last goal, I am working towards a new set of goals as a business owner to look back on and say “I DID THAT! I persevered when I thought it wasn’t possible.”
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.
At Hair by Shelbilyn Bibby, you get a REAL experience. You aren’t getting a conversation in someone’s customer service voice, You are getting laughs, realness, genuine conversations. Tell me about your son’s baseball practice. Your daughter’s formal dance. Your new job and more. I strive to make my clients feel as though we are friends hanging out and enjoying each others company. I look forward to continuing to grow as a stylist and as a business in the years to come. None of this has been easy by any means, But the good things usually don’t come easily. Much like a lot of artist, I had some personal struggles. I lost sight of who and what I was destined to be all until I found cosmetology. I tell people very often that “Hair saved me.” It took a lot of tears, questioning if this was the right thing for me. A lot of hard work, long days, mess ups and more. But one of the most important lessons I learned along the way is that there is always room to grow. I set my mind to something, so from there it’s all or nothing. I took that and ran with it. Being able to do what I love is what motivates me, what gets me out of bed in the morning and keeps me thriving from the inside out.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m always down for a good margarita. So definitely would have to visit The Don’Key or The Original Gringos. Their “Mexican candies” or “spicy ranch waters” hit the spot. Of course, Heights Bier Garten for a nice evening on the patio drinking refreshing southsides. But for a more lively experience, I love a good Friday night at Pitch 25 in Eado! The indoor soccer field is awesome! 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?
First and foremost, there were so many hands in my success story. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for every single client. Every single salon owner I have worked for. Every single instructor that taught me in the process. But the few that really took the time to help mold me into the stylist and business owner I am today are.. Staci and Matt- My momager, interior designer. My Super Hero Dad, IT Support & Handy Man. Thank you for never giving up on me, Thank you for helping me achieve my dreams. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for either of you. Oletha Brown- Thank you for pushing me in school. Staying on me about getting to class on time and paying attention to every detail. A BIG THANK YOU for making me fine tune those clipper cuts. Traci Duff- My first mentor. Thank you for taking a chance on me. Allowing me to get as close to you and your clients as you did. I learned so much from you. From a thorough consultation to really developing a bond with my clients. Thank you for always being available and continuing to mold me into a better hairstylist, even from afar. Amanda Goss- My Salon Mom. Thank you for being you. Thank you for always holding me accountable and telling it like it is.
Alexis Fernandez @alexisjuliaphoto