We had the good fortune of connecting with Tic V. Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tic V., can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was determination. I was determined to make my work successful. I really love seeing the end results of my work and seeing how happy my clients are at the end. Loving what I do made it even easier to start my own business.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I honestly take great pride in my work. I’ve learned so much through my whole career. I’ve learned that some times you can’t make everyone happy. Something that might look good to you might not look good to someone else. This is ok though, you just have to have confidence and take pride in your work, THAT alone is what makes people see what you see. I love doing hair extensions. Through the years of doing hair I’ve learned so many different techniques on how to do extensions. From weave in extensions to Itip and tape extensions. I love seeing the before and after on these ladies and also the glow on their faces when they see their hair with so much body and length. I also love doing color, highlights, cuts, smoothing treatments, you name it! Overall I love doing hair and making my clients day by helping them see how gorgeous they look after. I can tell you it’s not always easy but you just have to stay confident about your art and stay humble. Relax, loosen up, and just enjoy your work.

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?
I would definitely take her to the gaslamp area. The whole downtown area has so many great restaurants along with shopping, different bars, and great scenery. I would take her to one of my favorites which is Rustic Root. Maybe eat some brunch at the top of their roof so we can people watch. Sip on some mimosas and just enjoy sunny San Diego. I would then take her to seaport village. One of my favorite places to go with my husband and two fur babies. It’s not the same as it use to be back in the day but I still love going to see everything surrounding the village. We can walk through and take some pictures where you’ll see the Coronado bridge in the background. We can walk all the way towards harbor drive and visit all the famous landmarks SD has to offer. Now they have little taco stands and restaurants lining up on harbor drive that you can walk up and have a drink and some eats. During my 20’s and 30’s I went out a lot and enjoyed the nightlife. Now a days since I’ve settled down I’m not sure what is popular anymore in downtown. But, I do know my bff and I would love to hit the clubs for good music and drinks. First we would probably go to a little dive bar to get cheap drinks to get our buzz on. Probably Taste of Thirst for happy hour or Starbar. Cheap strong drinks, why not when we will probably end up spending a lot more when we finally enter the night club we will be heading to after the dive bar. I would then take her to the last night club I experienced in DT SD which is Parq. I enjoyed that place because they had good music to dance to and the ambiance is nice. After all the dancing and cocktails I know we will get hungry after. I would probably take her to a Mexican joint for some rolled tacos in the gas lamp or we can drive to National city for Super Sergio’s. This place was always popular because everyone headed there after the clubs to eat since they were open 24 hours. San Diego has endless places to go. Since I have a week with her, we can also see Little Italy, Pacific Beach, Northpark, and Lajolla. All great places to spend the day at.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my shout out to all my clients (most have turned into good friends) who have supported and stuck by me since day one. They are the reasons why I love what I do so much. Seeing them happy after leaving my chair is worth all the hard work. I’d also like to shout out to my work wife, Nashla Renteria. I’ve worked and known Nashla during my whole career. I’ve learned a lot from her and don’t know if I’d be where I’m at without her. She’s always there for me to turn to when I have a problem or questions about anything at work. My last shout out is to my family and my wonderful husband who have supported me through this journey. On my good and bad days, thank you for always having my back. Thank you for believing in me and always making me feel like I’m the best at what I do.

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