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

Hi GiA, why did you pursue a creative career?
I was given the gift of desperation for the second time in my life.The first time I received the gift of desperation was when I decided to get sober back in 2011 and it changed the trajectory of my life. The second time the gift of desperation was bestowed on me was during nervous break down caused to my demanding job in finance. I was over worked and overmedicated with antidepressants. Before I had the epiphany to go to hair school I worked in corporate banking for over 10 years in the Bay Area.

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?
Hiya Curlfriends, I am GiA Watson owner of GiA Watson Master Colorist. I am a Redken Certified Colorist and Certified Invisible Bead extension artist. What sets me apart from other hairstylist is my advanced education in cutting and coloring all done in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. The dedication to my craft is what I am most proud of and equally what I am most excited about is opening up my own hair salon “The canary diamond, a salon by GiA “. The success I have had as a hairstylist can all be channeled back to a decade in corporate finance, reading and researching books about success in the hair industry, continuous education and most importantly showing up to work early organized and prepared as well as, leaving late. What’s most important to me personally is knowing that not everyone will like you and that’s ok, your ego is not your amigo & you will fail…but always remembering it’s progress not perfection and take note what you learned from that mistake. Some challenges I faced early on in my career as a hairstylist is my learning disability I am dyslexic. I had very hard time learning and not memorizing to cut and color. I was always the last student to finish and always asked the most questions (not to be annoying or a smart ass, just trying to comprehend and not let the shame of not understanding eat me alive). Instead of hiding my learning disability and being ashamed of It, I told on myself to any and all of my instructors. After graduating cosmetology school I immersed myself in my advanced education as a way to overcompensate for my learning disability and to prove to myself that successful hairstylist were not innately born smart or gifted in hair talent…they studied. When I started beauty school I had no idea if I would be good, successful or even if I would like it…I didn’t even know how to hold a comb. I wish I could say “I knew since I was a little girl I wanted to be a hairstylist or I love playing with hair” but I don’t I went to beauty school based on the fact that I knew What it was like to hate your corporate job, everyone always told me I looked like a hairstylist so I knew had a unique style and an eye for fashion and most importantly a prayer…That’s it .One of my life mantras that I learned from my friend Norma Jean who is from Waikiki Hawaii is “a career is what you are paid for, But a calling is what you are made for: Your outcome is more important then your income”.

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?
If my besties in town first order of business is we’re going to Salon On First in Coronado where I rent a little space so I can fix her hair. Then I would drop her off at our favorite boutique bungalow motel The Sand Castle Inn located in imperial Beach where she would be greeted with the kindest sweetest soul Dottie who runs a tight ship as the manager.. after a little disco nap we are heading down to my favorite tattoo shop located in Little Italy called Bearcat Tattoo Gallery to get tattooed by my artist Nathan Anderson. After getting tattooed for a few hours we’ve definitely worked up our appetite where will head over to the absolute best Thai restaurant in San Diego Thai Joint on Adams Avenue in Kensington. On our way back we’re definitely stopping by my favorite ice cream parlor on Coronado MOO Time creamery where we will order our Sundaes and walk along the Hotel Del and Coronado beach.

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 like to dedicate this shout out to my personal Mentor Jacob Khan Of which I had the opportunity to have six months of a personal one on one mentorship. I would secondly like to dedicate this interview to Sam Villa And all the Redken artists at the Redken Exchange in New York City for which I’ve had the pleasure of attending and receiving all of my advanced haircutting and haircoloring certifications. And most importantly my husband Michael who believed in me before I believed in myself.

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