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

Hi Rozie, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I have learned so many lessons actually! My business has taught me developing true, genuine relationships is a key to life. I have also learned that staying stagnant won’t get you very far, that growth comes from the unknown and that evolving everyday is essential. It is important to stay educated and on top of new trends because the beauty industry is always evolving. If I didn’t know how to do something or get through it, I would find a way. I have also realized so much about the transmission of energy. The more energy you put into something, the more you will get out of it. I even started looking at money as energy. If you are a small business and want other people to support you, go out there and start supporting other small businesses! One of my favorite lessons I have learned through this journey is patience, staying true to myself, what God has put into my heart, and living authentically will take you places I never imagined!

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.
As far as my art goes, I feel I am very versatile. I have a design and marketing degree as well and it has allowed me to stretch the seams and look at a bigger picture of artistry. I love to paint in my free time, which also teaches me new things about hair coloring in some aspects. I also design and make jewelry, and I am about to launch my own herbal haircare line so I am VERY excited about that! Professionally, I have got to where I am by experience. I have worked for many hair salons before opening my own and it taught me many skills, what I think works, what doesn’t, and how I want my clients to feel in the atmosphere I have created. The creative world is not the easiest journey. I feel as if my creativity comes naturally to me but managing myself and a business can sometimes be challenging. I’ve learned to keep going even when I feel like giving up, to continue to learn and evolve everyday, and to take rest days so I can evaluate from a place of clarity. I want the world to know to keep moving, even when things seem impossible or difficult, timing is of the essence, stay true to the fire in your heart, do NOT listen to naysayers, be a genuinely good person, treat people how you want to be treated, and have good work ethic…these characteristics will allow you to create any life you desire!

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?
I’m a huge fan of nature and a city girl so we would do a combination of places to explore. Luckily, Atlanta is the best of both worlds! I would start with a nice day of hiking. There are so many beautiful waterfalls and grounds to explore in Georgia. Then, we would grab a local, healthy meal at Tassili’s Raw Reality and a chai latte at Urban Grind Coffee Shop. Throughout the rest of the week, we would visit many spots around the city. We would grab pizza at Fellini’s. I would take them to Ponce City Market and/or Krog Street Market where you can shop and grab a local bite from various food vendors. It’s the perfect places if you have friends with different taste buds. We would continue to do some neighborhood hopping and grab drinks at Bon Ton, Argosy, and Poor Hendrix which all have amazing craft cocktails. I would also take them to one of my favorite Indian restaurants, Zyka. I would take them exploring in Little 5 points, East Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward and catch some rooftop views at The Clermont Hotel and New Realm Brewery. We would finish out the week with brunch at Gypsy Kitchen and have a spa day at either Jeju, Harmony Massage, or I have been wanting to check out this place called “Ode to Wonder” that a friend recently told me about!

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 would have to shoutout my Dad, Mom, family, and friends for always keeping me pushing and striving to be better! As a creative, it can be challenging to balance both the business and creative side of things. I am very blessed to have a Dad who is a businessman to help guide me through some of the technical parts of having your own business. I have had alot of creative mentors along the way such as previous bosses, other artist friends, musicians, and even strangers I have encountered who have taught me to keeping following my passion. Shoutout to everyone who has been there along this journey!

Website: www.hairbyrozie.com
Instagram: Aqua_roze
Facebook: Rozie Virani
Yelp: Aqua Roze Hair Studio

Image Credits
Rick Booher, Nate Dorn, Brittany Anderson, and myself.

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