We had the good fortune of connecting with Dulce Mcbride and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dulce, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
As natural giver, work/life balance was not something I knew anything healthy about. In the hair industry its very commonly known that what you put in is what your going to get out. This mantra is engraved in school and vey early on in apprenticeship programs. So I threw my self in completely putting aside just about everything ,including my life, to achieve a goal. That mindset consumed over a decade and one day I woke up and questioned why I was doing it at all. It was a HUGE mindset shift that didn’t come easily and every now and then still struggle with. However I look back and realize that my priorities were in the wrong place. I only get one life and I want show up for it by being with people I love experiencing all that life has to offer. By shifting my work life balance I was able to be authentically present in my professional life as well.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Im a hairstylist yet I do more than just do hair. The scope of my work has the ability to give back in so many ways and I get to empower people through beauty. I get to connect and uplift one appointment at a time while crafting a customized look for each guest. I often get asked what I love the most doing. The answer quite frankly is all of it. Creating the right look to match each clients lifestyle and upkeep is truly the best. I love to show the beauty within and enhance what is already there. Ive partnered with an innovating beauty company that has been a pioneer in holistic beauty, environmental responsibility, and social responsibility. It embodies a lot of my personal belief and values. As well as it aligns with the aesthetic I enjoy creating which are natural, “lived in” looks, that have depth, and movement. Being in the service industry is not not meant for everyone. It can be demanding and very self sacrificing. Building a successful hair career consist of many different skillsets working successfully all at the same time. You have to be a good listener to truly hear what someone is saying. You have to be a good communicator to have the back and forth dialogue addressing the expectations of an appointment. You have be good with chemistry as our color formulations are all customized.Most importantly you have to have the knowledge and experience that really just develops over time. That sometimes can really be hardest leap to overcome..My clients come to me for my professional opinion and aesthetic that honestly took time to develop.
As eager and devoted as I was to my craft there were so many bumps and detours along the way that make me take stylist that I am today. There was no direct route to getting to where I am now but every challenge provided more self confidence every detour provided a skillset honed. Hair found me and for that I am fortunate. I chose hair because I saw the impact I could have on people. The drive to empower, uplift, and create self love is what got me all going and fast forward its still what gets me going today.
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.
Omg. where wouldn’t I take them! San Diego has soooooo many great spots especially since I love to eat and be outside. The perfect day would begin with a to go breakfast burrito from Los Dos Pedros in Pacific Beach and a walk to Tourmaline Beach. Los Dos Pedros has been a delicious staple for decades and taking in the waves at cherished surfers mecca is the best way to start your day. A walk down to the pier and a picture perfect session is a great way to digest breakfast. Then a drive up to check out and Bird rock area shops then take a peak at the lunch menu at Wayfarer Bread and Pastry which goes quickly because of its deliciousness. If you miss out pick up some their baked goodies and fresh baked bread. A pit stop at Wind and Sea to catch some sun then off to downtown La Jolla to the in the sights with the shops and a trip down to the see the seals and La Jolla Cove. We would end the day at Herringbone not only because of the atmosphere but because of the food. Second day would require a leisurely walk through Balboa park to check our the museum and botanical gardens with lunch at The Prado.Their drink menu is extensive and the vibe and food are unlike another. Would take the rest of the day to visit to our world Famous zoo.
Third day would consist of a walk through old town with stop at Casa De Reyes for some guac and chips to take in the sights. Then off to explore Seaport Village for a full hang out session at Portside Pier. Ending the day with with a sunset bonfire at La Jolla shores.
Fourth day would consist of a leisurely morning at home and to kick off our afternoon with a reservation for some wine tasking at Carruth Cellars Wine and Garden. Not only do I love their wine but the planes flying over is just a great touch to the vibe. Then off to dinner at the Wine Vault Bistro which is unlike any other place I have found in San Diego. For starters it is cute and intimate experience with a 5 course tasting menu with paired wines.
The rest of the week would consist of a pretty much would be left open for spontaneity but in particular order would consist of more beach time, good eats, and a day trip to the Valle de Guadalupe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people along the way that have carved out time and energy that have helped shape me. By far the biggest shift in my life was partaking in Life Skills San Diego. in which I learned the skills to help uncover the root causes of behavior patterns in my life. It helped connect me with myself but most importantly I learned the WHY when it came to my decision making.
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