We had the good fortune of connecting with Carynne King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carynne, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been a creative person, I was artistic when artistic wasn’t cool, haha. I began doing hair at the age of 18. With being so young and being a struggling stylist at first, my family and friends pressured me to get a “real job”. So, I went back to school and earned my Masters in Psychology and worked in that field for 5 years, completely turning away from my creative side and embracing my analytical side, before realizing that I was miserable suppressing my true self. I quit psychology after my third child and dived head first back into the world of hair with the knowledge of what it is like to work at a job-not a career you love. I don’t view hair as a simple color job, or haircut; each client gets an experience in my chair and gets my full attention to implement an individualized color and haircut placement and goal. Hair is my canvas, I look at each head of hair as a unique process, thus getting to express myself creatively. Now, I have my own hair studio, an amazing clientele, and absolutely love being my own boss. It’s true that when you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life-I dont see my career as work, I get to go do what I love everyday!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been doing hair since I was 18 years old. I took a break for several years after earning my Masters in Psychology to work in that field. I thought I needed a more “professional” job. I believe that we all have a path to follow, whether it easy or hard and I had alot of trials to run through prior to becoming who I am today and where I am in life and in my career. I utilized my education, my experiences with various people, and knowledge of hair to start over and build from the ground up after having my third child in 2019. The beauty industry can be daunting at times, but nowhere have I found more of what I would consider “my people”, we are all creative, artistic, and beautiful people in our own ways and I learn so much from others around me. I recently opened my own studio coming out of COVID, and while it can be a bit of a scary venture to be self-employed and responsible for everything inside that space, I love the freedom and creativity that I have in it. I want the client to have the best experience when in my salon, from the pre-booking, to refreshments, color, scalp massage, and finished photo session. My goal is to open my own salon in the next few years and be able to educate and mentor other stylists to help them grow in this industry and be successful as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh my gosh, there are so many great places in San Diego to go to when first visiting! I think my favorites have changed over time as I have three children to consider now. However, major spots I would take them to are La Jolla Shores or Moonlight beach, as those are my fave beach spots. The Gaslamp for the city feel, Little Italy is one my fave areas for great restaurants and bars. San Diego also has great hiking, so probably take them up Potato Chip Rock. Where you will typically find me on my days off are in Encinitas! My fave area in all of San Diego.
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?
Oh my gosh, I believe that all people, things, experiences come into our lives for a reason. I have read so many great books in my life, but honestly I think it is the support and experiences in my life that have shaped me and I appreciate and am grateful for all of them, good or bad. Life is a learning journey, I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without all of the people and paths taken in life. However, my number one supporter, the one who has ALWAYS encouraged me to follow my own arrow, no matter what the outcome, is my best friend, my husband, Ossie.