We had the good fortune of connecting with Meredith Gunter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meredith, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor to any success I have had, has been love. Am I a good hairstylist? Absolutely, but that isn’t what keeps my clients coming back to me.There are countless good hairstylists in this city. I have always said my brand is love. I wanted to find a way to help people and show people love. Doing hair has afforded me both of those things. I tell my clients I love them and I mean it every single time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a hairstylist for the past 12 years. In the beginning it was very hard for me, because I was incredibly anxious and had no confidence. They don’t tell you that the only way to get good at hair, is to be really bad at it first. I absolutely hate being bad at anything, so this was a tough lesson to learn, daily. I have been very lucky in that every salon I have worked in I have found the most incredible, supportive people. I learned so much just through watching, asking questions and making mistakes. I didn’t really come into my own until I moved to NYC and after 7 years of doing hair, found myself at the assistant level again. I wouldn’t trade that experience or the confidence it gave me for anything. Not to mention it gave me the best hair encounter I have ever had. I had to shampoo Amy Sedaris. Strangers with Candy, Amy Sedaris. Sex and the City, Amy Sedaris. I could have died. I always get way too nervous in these situations and tried my very best to act normal. When we were all done and I had her setup for her stylist, I whispered I really love your work. She looked right at me and said, “I really love your work”. WOW. What a wonderful, gracious human. I love doing hair, because I love people. I am thankful to have the chance to show that love through my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
-Value Village on Memorial for thrifting -Clothing Warehouse in Little Five for Vintage (Fun fact I got my prom dress there in 2003 (!) but wasn’t allowed to wear it)
-Soba in EAV for food and drinks
-Arabia Mountain for hiking
-A Capella Books
-Hodgepodge for Coffee
-Loca Luna for dancing (RIP)
I can’t give away my secret spots, the city is already too busy! ; )
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?
To every hairstylist I have ever worked with, I have learned something from every single one of you. And to my clients, who are the joy of my career. And to every hairstylist I have ever worked with, I have learned something from every single one of you.