Align Magazine got the chance to sit down Lindse’ Owens, a Millennial influencer who educates young women on how to care for their natural hair and love the skin they are in. Here is what she had to say…..
Tell us about yourself? My name is Lindse` Owens, I was born in Connecticut, but moved to NC within the first 6months of my birth. My father is a Pastor in the Methodist Church and he was moved to the NC area. I am currently finishing up my Master’s Degree in Communications (Public & Media Relations) at Johns Hopkins University. I currently have my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Johnson C Smith University, class of 2011. I also have my Natural Hair License and have been doing hair for over 10 years now. I am a creative person at heart.
Tell us a little about your endeavors and creative pursuits. Do you know what your purpose in life is? My purpose in life has been serving young girls and young women. No matter what I try to pursue, I always seem to come back to helping women in some way. I embark on many projects such as having different events and participating in various projects. However, my current organization is educating girls as young as 8 years old to young women and beauty professionals how to care for their natural hair. I do this by providing online courses as well as in-person MASTER Classes that are hands on.
That’s amazing. How did hair become an interest of yours? One thing I was born with and nurtured at an early age was my hair. It doesn’t matter where I go, I always get a question or compliment. Because the hair industry is a multi-billion dollar industry I am really just trying to find my niche, I don’t believe another product is needed on the market but I do believe proper education is needed and I don’t see much of that for the younger generation. I started doing my own hair at age 8, so that is the age that I’ve decided to start teaching with in my classes.
Has the journey been hard so far? Anytime I’m embarking on a journey in regards to hair it is always effortless, that is how I know that it’s part of my purpose in life. Of course you have challenges and doubts and I’ve struggled more so with the thoughts of “everyone else has already done this” or “the market is already over-saturated in this area”. I look at it this way, whatever it is that I’m destined to do in life I was born with it and it’s not something that an institution or person can give me. Of course, I can always get better at my craft and learn different things but ultimately I was born with everything I needed to be successful.
Lindse’, what’s one thing we should know about you and your business? That I will NEVER give out inaccurate information, and my first priority is to be of service and build trust between my clients and myself. I aim towards a true relationship
“I want to be remembered as a giver and that I desired to help other people.”Lindse’ Owens
Would you say there is a lot of competition within the hair industry? There is much competition, but I believe I stand out because I care about the health of your hair more than anything else. I am targeting the little girls so they will understand and appreciate their hair and how to care for it, I don’t see very many brands doing that, many are more so concerned about following trends.
Tell us your fondest moment in your career thus far? A few years back I hosted a workshop that was open to the community it was at my high school where I first took cosmetology classes. I had the girls that were currently in the cosmetology class to assist me. That was a great moment. I also had the opportunity to speak with them and give them words of encouragement.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years from now? I will have a family of my own, running a few businesses and traveling while servicing people where there is a need whether it is in regards to hair education or another area of need.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? Although I have many people that have been influential I’d like to focus on my mom. She has taught me the importance of consistency and the older I get the more I understand the value in not giving up so quickly and having stability in life.
How were you as a child? Quiet and very observant. And not to mention, always playing in someone’s hair ( 🙂 )
Is Charlotte a good city for all of your creative endeavors? My city is a good place to start and grow a “forever” support system and ultimately be content in small beginnings. However, it all depends on how I want to move. Although I could stay in my city, save money and travel for my career. I desire more, because I know there is more out there, I’ve seen it and I’ve experienced it. Many people don’t know there is more outside of “home”.
Last question, what would you like people to remember about you when you’re gone? That I was a giver. That I desired to help other people.
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