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

Hi Dominiquè, what do you attribute your success to?
In being a Master Cosmetologist I believe that one of the most important factors behind my success would be giving my absolute best to each and every person that sits in my chair. When they sit down it’s more than me just doing their hair, it’s also about building a relationship with the client. Through conversation I’m able to give them the insight of what can work best for them based on their lifestyle, hobbies, things they like or dislike. Giving my best also includes making sure I take continuing education classes and take certification classes to make sure I can serve each and every client to the best of my ability.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think one of the things that sets me apart from others is my ability to relate and connect with my clients. It comes natural for me. So many of my clients have become good friends along the way. I love people! I love encouraging, motivating, and building up women! This is one of my purposes here on earth and my career allows me to fulfill it daily! If someone comes in one day feeling burdened I want them to leave me feeling renewed, refreshed, encouraged, and knowing that nothing we go through in life is in vain.

I am most proud of my growth as a stylist over the years. It’s amazing what hardwork and determination can do for you. I remember when I started of at the salon and I had one client within a two week span, but guess what I did not give up!! I kept marketing myself and my work, I kept learning new techniques, I kept pushing forward. Now I say this in the most humbling way I have to make sure I close my book off atleast a month in advance for days I want to take off, or appointments etc. I use to sit back and wonder why stylist say they aren’t accepting new clients at this time and now I see why. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that every client is not for you and that’s completely ok! Know your target market and stick with it.

This industry has allowed me to be myself! I don’t have to pretend to be someone I am not! I just want to continue giving women a space where they can literally let their hair down, have a safe place and leave out feeling like they are on top of the world!

Healthy hair is a lifestyle! It takes commitment! Healthy hair is good hair!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting the area I would have Chef Spencer of Suspenceful Flavors come to my home and cook a dinner! He came and cooked for my husband and I and it was absolutely delicious! The best steak we’ve ever had!! As far as drinks go we’d go to Two Guys beer and wine and grab a bottle of wine or two and go back to the house sit on the porch and laugh the night away while enjoying our adult beverages. I’d also take her to see Georgia Southen University’s campus while she’s here and catch a basketball or football game depending on which season it is!

One of my absolute favorite places here in Statesboro, Ga is mill creek park. I love sitting by the ponds out there and just relaxing. They also have a playground that my kids absolutely love to go to.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My love for hair came from watching my Auntie Laurel do hair in her salon in Barbados from a little girl. I became intrigued with watching her do hair. I would sit for hours and watch and learn! She let me do my first wash at 9 for one of her clients and they even mentioned about how good the wash was. Fast forward to adulthood I have to give a shoutout to Davita Foster who took me under her wing and really helped lay the foundation for where I am at now in my career! I’ve been working at her salon Brow Baby for 7 years and have learned so much. I’ve grown so much as a stylist since I first walked in the door and for that I’m forever grateful to her for that.

I also have 3 children and they attend daycare and school, but of course Saturdays are a busy day at the salon and my husband works a demanding job as well. So there is a young lady by the name of Ludaysha Howard that has literally been a saving grace when it comes to making sure our kids are taken care of while we work..or better yet anytime we need her! It’s been 5 years and I thank God daily for her!

Last but surely not least my husband Samose Mays and children Michael, Levi, Trè, and Solè! My husband is so supportive when it comes to my career! He knows I love what I do ! He never complains about me going in early, staying late! Whatever I need he’s got me 110%. The only thing he ever says…”is you know you don’t have to go so hard baby, you don’t want for anything, but I know you love what you do” He’s also always pushing me to step out on faith! He’s ready to invest into me taking that step into owning my own salon, but he also respects the fact that I’m not interested in that right now. To me salon ownership doesn’t measure my level of success in the beauty industry.

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