We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Working in the beauty business for 8 years now, I have met so many different personalities. I can’t even begin to tell you all the amazing people that have encouraged me and all the people that have made me want to quit on the spot. But if clients have taught me anything throughout my career, It would be that you never know what that person might be dealing with and sometimes you just have to shake it off and breath ( or scream in the break room).
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I was in beauty school I had the dream of not working in a salon but working on movie sets or styling wigs for plays, anything but being behind the chair! When I finished Cosmetology school I knew that I would have to get experience from all the challenges that are thrown at you while working in a salon. I took every service that I could, every hair texture and every color just to get experience and 8 years later I can’t imagine not being behind the chair at least 1 day a week. Sure there are clients that push your buttons and you want to tell them to get out of your chair and never come back but, I have learned to stand up for myself and what I believe in. I always trust my instinct and don’t take any clients that I don’t vibe with. Doing hair and trusting someone to do your hair is a very special thing, I love when clients feel they can trust my artistic opinion and let me do my thing!
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?
First up would be a day at Balboa Park. Visiting the museums, grabbing a bite to eat and a drink at Panama 66 and after a few drinks hop on a scooter and head down to Little Italy and grab some Ice cream at Salt & Straw then end the night looking at the skyline at the waterfront park and, probably get a end cap on University Ave. somewhere like Baja Betty’s.
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 defiantly have to shoutout to every salon, manager and, coworker I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Each person has taught me to much. Revamp Salon & Bloom Salon in San Francisco, Ulta beauty, The Electric Chair, Bellezza and Eco Chic.