Makayla Holmes: Taking the Hair Industry By a Storm One Hairstyle at a Time
Hair stylist, and soon to be a graduate with a business administration degree in marketing are just a few things that make Makayla Holmes someone to admire. Growing up, she was always taught to be educated and to be her own boss and those lessons stuck with her through adulthood. As she keeps the words of wisdom given by her mother in the back of her mind she’s constantly striving to better herself.
Read more below to see how Makayla is changing lives one hairstyle at a time.
What was it like growing up in your family? As a child, what experiences profoundly impacted your life?
I come from a family of very strong women and I was taught to be independent at a very young age. I’m the oldest of four girls so I had a lot of responsibility and it molded me into the woman I am today. I believe that if you work hard you’ll get something great in return. You’ll be able to be financially stable, and you’ll always have an education. I was also always taught that education is the key to everything. And I always felt the need to go an extra mile. I worked two jobs, and started school full time. And I’ll be graduating this December with a business administration degree in marketing. My mother always put it in my head to be my own boss. And that is what put me in the position I’m in today.
I know that you said that you’re originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What made you move to Houston, Texas?
Majority of the city is the inner city so it’s a lot of violence there and not a lot of job opportunities. So when I got the chance to leave I did. And Houston seemed like the perfect place to start my new journey.
What insecurities have you overcome and what advice do you have for women who may be experiencing those same insecurities?
I struggled with confidence. Growing up a lot of people in my family were hair stylist, my grandfather, my aunts, and cousins. I didn’t start as young as they did because anything I did I wanted it to be perfect. But I learned that growing is not about being perfect and you should always try. For the longest, I was running from my passion! It wasn't until after high school, when I turned 19, that I decided to go to cosmetology school. I’m still learning and getting better as a person and in my profession. So I always encourage people to have the confidence to try and don’t just give up on yourself before you give things a chance.
You mentioned that you have your cosmetology license and that you will be graduating this year with your business administration degree with a minor in marketing. As an entrepreneur, how do you plan to use all of those in the future?
With my marketing degree it’ll help me market the products. I do plan to have a product line in the future. And I also have a really nice scarf idea that I’ll hopefully be able to launch next year. It’ll help me be able to market my lines in a way that will be a lot faster than most new business owners that don’t have the knowledge I learned in school. Also, if one day I decide I don’t want to do hair anymore, I’ll always have that degree to fall back on. I always thought about working in the marketing department of L’Oréal or one of those big hair companies. Since I have those marketing skills and also know how to manage hair care I feel like I would be a good asset.
In the past you’ve worked with the Houston Texan cheerleaders, how did that opportunity come about and who else do you aspire to work with in the future?
I started off as an assistant for the owner of the salon I work at now but she took me under her wings and taught me a lot. She was working for the Houston Texan cheerleaders and the cheerleading coach asked if I wanted to join the team as well. So I worked with the girls. And we were in charge of curling and styling the girls hair on game days. But it taught me a lot, like how to be faster and how to manage all different textures of hair. It was a very exciting job. It really helped ground me and made me consider new opportunities for the future such as working for celebrities and working with clients outside of the salon.
On your worst days, what motivates you to keep pushing forward?
I love to see people happy and feel good about themselves. Even when I’m tired and have been in my seat all day I’m able to push through because I know at the end of the day they’re going to look beautiful and feel good about themselves and that makes me happy.
Keep up with Makayla on Instagram, @HairByKaylaChante.