We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominique Lashai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominique, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
To take everything slow! Slow and steady wins the race. When I first began as a hairstylist, I was so eager to learn & build my way up without appreciating the process. That became very overwhelming, until I stepped back and acknowledged how far I’ve came. When you realize you have a lifetime to go & to appreciate your growth, it doesn’t hurt to move at your own pace.
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.
I’m a hairstylist, based in Atlanta, Georgia. I feel like what sets me apart from others is my personality & my drive. I’m very welcoming, optimistic & caring.
I’ve gotten to where I am today with the help of my clients sticking beside me from the beginning and with my close knit circle of friends and family, including my daughter pushing me to be the greatest I could be. I had a handful of people grab my hand and place me in positions through networking & exposing me to different settings that would help later in life .
Starting my business was not hard at first because it was something I loved to do. It got harder, the more exposure I got. It’s not easy running a business by yourself, especially moving during a pandemic as well, but I had the support from my family to excel beyond what I imagined in a short time frame. I kept posting, working & marketing through social media even when I felt like nobody was watching, because you never know who is.
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to stay in my own lane, go my own pace & to do my job each day as if it’s my last time. Being a creative in the beauty industry has been one of the best decisions I’ve made because I do what I love, meet people who become close extended family & get opportunities that college could’ve never gave.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First we would do brunch at my favorite brunch spot Area 4 & have bottomless mimosas. Of course, we would do some shopping with the luxury of having several malls here in Atlanta. For a night out, it’s always something to do here in, whether we go on Edgewood and visit the best lounge CRU or we would go to some of the nightclubs, it’s guaranteed to have a good time no matter where you end up.
The best place to visit as a tourist is the Georgia Aquarium and it’s surrounding attractions as well as the Mercedes Benz stadium when there’s a game going on.
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’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my father. At a young age he’s always instilled in me to have my own hustle and to succeed in anything that I love . Without him, I would’ve never thought to run a business or even put my foot in the beauty industry. My dad was behind me every step of the way when it came to starting back in 2015.
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