Q&A: Creating beautiful things

Our Q&A Column is a way for us to highlight the interesting people within our community.

This week we talked with hair stylist, make up artist and HairBar owner, Lesha Etheredge.

Why Were You Interested In Your Current Role/Job in the Beginning?

I had a natural talent for it, and when I was a senior in high school I was torn between Cosmetology and Culinary. Ultimately I decided that on days I didn’t want to do hair I could still do good hair, but on days I didn’t want to cook I wouldn’t cook good food.

What Are The Roles Of Your Position?

Mine are two fold. As a stylist I have to do colors, highlights, cuts, extensions, etc. Mix and apply products, wash, blow dry, and fix my clients hair.  As a salon owner I have to place orders, advertise, manage social media, finances, teach newer stylists and manage employees.

What Major Challenges Have You Faced So Far?

COVID was really tough on my industry.  We couldn’t work and had to work at a reduced client load when we could return. I was constantly worried about not only myself and the salon but also those who worked with me. We all took pay cuts even with the unemployment payments.

What Kind of Strategies And Mindset Is Required For This Role?

I have to remind myself I’m doing what’s right for the right reasons.  Owning a business is a labor of love and as long as I still love it I will continue to work for the people that count on me.

How Do You Stay Motivated In Your Work?

Doing hair is a creative outlet for me. I get to create beautiful things and make people feel their best.

Describe A Time When You Failed In This Role And The Lesson You Learned?

Over the 12+ years I’ve been doing hair the main lesson I’ve learned is that failing can be your biggest tool towards success. I’ve failed as a stylist and salon owner, but I have tried to retain the lesson that each experience could grant me.

Tell me something fun that not many people may know about you.

I have 1 double jointed big toe

If You Could Time Travel, When Would You Go?

Probably the 50’s

What’s Your Best Natchitoches Memory?

I’ve lived here my entire life so that’s a hard one. Christmas Festival and Mardi Gras Ball are always a good time for me.

What Is The Best Piece Of Advice You’ve Received?

You’re never too old to learn.

What Accomplishment Are You Most Proud Of?

In life becoming a mother. In business, the new Hair Bar building within the first 5 years of business is huge for me.