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

Hi Denise, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from Baltimore city, inner city but predominantly poverty to be exact. Growing up in the communities that I grew up in were challenging. There were constant struggles and a cycle that seemed as if it would never end. One traumatic event after another but in a sense of a way it was all so normal to me. I grew up less fortunate and I always felt that I was missing out on a lot. When I took it upon myself to make a change, I wasn’t thinking longevity. I was thinking about what I could do to get me by for the next few days ahead of me. I had a talent that I started to share with people, and that was my gift to do hair. Aside from the financial aspect of it, doing hair has blessed me in so many ways that I didn’t imagine. I’ve had a significant amount of support from people and I’m grateful for that. The trails and tribulations that I’ve faced have forced me to be the woman that I am today. Had I not endured what I have been through and experienced such trauma, I’m not sure where life would have taken me. I’m most grateful for my ability to be committed to growth and being the best Denise 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.
Im a creative individual who happens to be a hairstylist. Being a hairstylist is one of the ways that I express my creativity.

I’m most proud of my consistency. It wasn’t always as easy for me to stay on track and fully commit myself to what I couldn’t see. What I mean by that is, my faith and courage wasn’t as strong so it was easy for me to prolong what I needed to focus on.

I got where I am professional today by keeping my eyes on the prize. That prize was me. When it comes to building a business many people speak upon the business challenges that they’ve faced. Rarely, do you hear about the personal development that has to take place to reach a certain level of success. In order for me to be anything for my business I had to work through and enhance those things within myself. This isn’t an easy road but if you stay committed to growth, it’ll become better.

I am a living proof of the things that I’m saying so I want the world to know that. Also, it doesn’t matter where you come from and what you’ve been through. You can change your life around by simply just wanting more, doing more, and being more. Whatever that looks like for you

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As stated prior, I’m most grateful for my ability to be committed to growth. One of my daily “Growth Commitments” as I call it, would be reading. I love expanding my mind but I enjoy a lot of self help books. One of the books that has changed my entire prospective is “Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson”

That has been my favorite because throughout my years of navigating through my career, I had an inner child in me that I never healed. Aside from personal relationships, she showed up in my business ones as well. I didn’t understand a lot about myself and my actions until reading this book. Mostly a lot that I was feeling, acting on, etc. stemmed from my instability in my childhood.

Website: www.deniselarellhairstudio.com

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