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

Hi Desiree’, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is so important!! I believe if you aren’t truly scared of you own dreams and you aren’t taking risks often enough then your dreams aren’t big enough. We weren’t out here to just live mediocre and play small. I’ve take risks and sure I’ve failed at some of them. But to me those are discoveries and learning lessons. If I hadn’t taken those risks, then I wouldn’t have met certain people, or crossed paths with certain people, been given opportunities I was given ect along the way that have put me where I am today and aligned me for success I am currently achieving. “You gotta risk it to get the biscuit”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a full time hairstylist, educator, and freelance bridal stylist. I love what I do I get to make people most women feel beautiful everyday and remind them that they are a bad ass! I specialize in blondes, low maintenance color, and extensions and in my free time I run all the social media marketing for the salon I work at which is so fun. I love taking pictures afterwards and giving clients a mini photoshoot.

I’ve been in the beauty industry for 15 years doing all things from management, front desk, ect and have been doing hair for almost 12 years. It hasn’t been the easiest journey by any means, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!! There has been lots of blood literally, sweat, and so many tears. I honestly never even was on a track to do hair, I originally want to college studies fine arts, then exercise science and then landed in the beauty industry and fell in love so here I am and I’m not going anywhere.

I have a great passion for it and I love sharing my knowledge I educate in the salon and outside of the salon and I currently am working on a project when I am going to be creating a blog to share education and knowledge with clients about styling, products, ect with clients! And possibly even a podcast.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I’ve grown up in ATL my entire life so an entire 37 years so there are so many options I don’t even know where to start. I live in Historic Roswell so we definitely would have an evening is dinner and drinks there now what restaurant that’s a tough one! And we also have to visit Ponce City Market and scooter around the city. Some of my favorite places to eat would be Bar Taco, Rumi’s Kitchen, and drinks and entertainment and The Claremont!

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?
Wow honestly so many people deserve credit for my success. I wouldn’t be half of the person I am today without the support of my amazing family and friends that literally cheer me on and support every endeavor I choose!

However, there is this one teacher I had in hair school and also the director that every time I wanted to give up and there were many times they wouldn’t let me. They saw something in me that took me many years to see, but now I do. They saw the talent, passion, and drive before it even was there! I’m so glad they didn’t give up on me and pushed me to be my best!

Website: msha.ke/desireealyshair

Instagram: @desireealyshair

Facebook: Facebook.com/cactiwildflowerbeauty

Other: What’s App Business account…Cacti & Wild Flower Beauty Co.

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