We had the good fortune of connecting with Davaughn Hailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davaughn, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Far from cliche, I was in a sense forced to do this. I’ve tried multiple jobs where my ideas where either overlooked or my overall skill was nothing of importance. I was always taught to work and make the best of your path on one end. And on the other to do as you feel always if you can answer the why? Then, you can figure out when to make the right moves and what to do next. So I took the “leap of faith” and quit my job no money saved nothing just thinking starting my own was so easy. After years of struggling and thinking I need to go back to work, I can say seeing clear now. Revenue and clientele is growing, I’m becoming more conscious with decisions. Creative flow is going just things are going good for me finally, yet there is so much more to gain. I’ve started a clothing line F.A.D.E.D GoD Inc. I’m learning daily that networking and being open to criticism yet not letting it control my movement. I’m reading more just the mental I have now compared to that of what I had a few years back is so different. Scary yet something that makes me move differently daily. I’m ready for my path and the journey that comes with it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t necessarily say I’m the best. Nor do I tend to feel as if anything I’m doing is competition. This is a hidden gem for me. Many spend so much time trying to out do the next. When you can give that same energy to self and your craft. I sit back and watch more than I do talking. My work I feel is great with room to grow to better heights, leaving me no room to gloat. With my cuts I separate myself by precision, fun and including the client. I think that knowing who you cut and what they like and how they feel helps the you do the cut better. Having the proper knowledge of the tools you use and products that help not only the cut but, continued hair growth and treatment aids as well. This is what I bring to the table. Many can’t say this, they cut to make money I cut because I love it simple.
With my clothing line, I’m currently searching and creating, being that I’m just starting I’m not going to assume I’m the best but, I’ll make the best movements to get there soon.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One thing I’ve learned living here in Atlanta, is it what you make it. Depending on who’s coming, I’d have them stay near the city probably have them get an air bnb in Smyrna. Being that its 15 minutes away from the city. There’s honestly not a list I can give you being that I’ll prolly just Google something of their wants at the time. Spontaneous planning here works so well to me. Especially being that typically you’ll what with all reservations lol. I have many clients that are promoters so I can name some spots but they’ll change depending on what my.guest may like to do.
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?
I want to thank my clientele, I’m nothing without them letting me become who I am. My entire family, my rock my mother especially. Big Len, Tyrone, for always motivating me. And many friends and associates in which our paths has crossed and helped each other grow in a certain aspect of life. Just thank you all