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Check Out Kinley Thomson’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kinley Thomson.

Hi Kinley, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
From a very young age, I knew I was going to go into the beauty industry. In fifth grade my mom bought me my first ever makeup palette an eyeshadow palette from elf, yes I still remember my first eyeshadow palette. She let me practice on her and myself. when I was in seventh grade they did what was called a CCR, basically, so you can align your classes for the next five years before going into college.

My vice principal asked me what I wanted to do for a career, instantly my answer was a hairstylist. To which he obviously came back with the “well why don’t we pick another career too and hair can be your second option.” And I told him nope hair is what I wanna do. Finally, when senior year rolled around, I was able to enroll myself in Taylor Andrews academy for hair in 2019, and that started the journey of me doing what I love.

I had enough credits that I could spend the majority of my time at the hair school, while only having 1-2 classes at the high school so I could still enjoy senior year. There have definitely been many challenges and many moments where I thought I should give up this career, but with perseverance and help for my loved ones I have realized that the beauty industry is where I need to be.

Whether that be doing hair or doing something else along the lines of beauty.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
have there been struggles? Oh boy, there have been struggles let me tell you. First off being a graduate of 2020 with my hair license already starting out in a very difficult time for the world, trying to build a clientele has been the hardest. Right after I got out of hair school things were still starting to open back up.

I was very fortunate to be in a town where we didn’t have many covid restrictions but people were still nervous about coming to get their hair done. So getting a head start in the client department didn’t work out for me. And trying to figure out if you truly are meant to be in this business. When the slow months hit you definitely question whether you should go to a normal 9-to-5 job, but then you get those clients that make everything all worth it.

I feel like finding your place in a salon can be very challenging as well. To be a hairstylist you have to have a strong personality and work ethic, so when you put all of those types of people into one room it can be very intimidating. I’ve always felt like I have to work 10x harder than the other people in my salon, whether that’s true or not, that’s how I’ve always felt.

Especially going into a well-developed salon right out of hair school. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m so beyond grateful for the experience I got in that salon space and all the wonderful stylists I got to meet, but I always felt like I could barely keep my head above water compared to the others.

The women I worked with had to do hair for almost as long as I’ve been alive. They had full clientele and would take multiple clients at one time; I honestly think it intimidated me more than I would have liked to admit. But they also gave me a goal worth fighting for to get to.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a hairstylist. I specialize in blending/living in hair and colors. I am most known for the beautiful reds that I can create. Working with reds can be tricky because you never know how a red could take in a client’s hair.

I feel I have a special skill for picking out the different tones in a head of hair, where the light is supposed to hit with said tones, and mixing the perfect formula to match my client. To try and pick out just one head of hair that I’ve been most proud of would be so hard. I feel like I fall in love with each new head of hair I do because I feel like my skills get better and better with each new person.

Also, for me to try and pick a favorite between the reds I do and the blondes I do would be impossible. Both heads of hair are unique in their own way that I couldn’t begin to choose just one. what I feel sets me apart most is my bubbly attitude and I instantly want to make you feel like family when you’re sitting in my chair.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
While there have been many important lessons, I’ve learned in the two years that I’ve been doing hair, the most important has got to be not being jealous of other people’s successes. Especially now with social media, I feel like it’s super easy to tear yourself down and be jealous of other people’s success and how busy they are because you see it every single day.

Some girls I’ve gone to hair school with have had a strong clientele from the moment they graduated. Seeing that can be really hard because you tend to compare yourself to them. I have found myself being extremely jealous of them and trying to nitpick their work to make myself feel better. But doing that only made me feel worse in the long run. Being jealous of them and almost despising them for their success wasn’t going to instantly make me a better stylist, it wasn’t going to bring their clients to me.

I’ve had to learn that with patients and working my butt off my time will come when it is my turn to be as successful as them and hopefully more. These girls I’ve to spend months being jealous over have even become some of my closest friends and someone I know I can turn to should I ever have a question.

That’s why I feel this has been my hardest struggle and one of the most important lessons I’ve had to learn because since I let go of the jealousy, I have become leaps and bounds better than I could have ever been. If you find yourself being jealous of another stylist, reach out to them with questions and learn from them. Take this experience and turn it into a positive, learning experience.

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  • Instagram: @beauty.bykin

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