Rosalene Wade-Horace, 46, Hair Stylist/ Salon Owner/Loose Ends Salon LLC Founder/Horace Empowerment Inc.
Q: How did you start within the profession you’re currently in
& how long have you been it? Who are some people that inspired you?
Well, I’ve always had a love for hair. My next door neighbor growing up, was a beautiful girl named Anita Brown. She had these beautiful Brown dolls with Long hair. (Looking back, I wonder WHERE she got black dolls from back in the 70’s) She would let me comb their hair. She became a Hairstylist and actually she did my hair and make-up for my first prom. Funny…I remember asking her a lot of questions about my make-up, because I was nervous. She said to me, “don’t worry about anything. Just sit back and think about how pretty you’re gonna look.” That was just her nature. She was so pretty and sweet too. I would talk to her about all kinds of things. She just made me feel comfortable.
There was another family friend, Lula Watson Bellamy, she was a Hair Stylist and Salon Owner. The name of her salon was Watu Wazuri. From my understanding, the name in Swahili means Beautiful People. Mrs. Lula was Fabulous! She always looked nice and she had a Boutique inside of her salon, where she sold sequined dresses and even sold Mink Coats! She had commercials on television back in the 80’s! She was just really ahead of her time. Mrs. Lula actually did my first Jherri Curl.
There was another Stylist and salon Owner named Sylvia. Mrs. Sylvia was fabulous too! Her salon was Beautiful! She had genuine leather sectional sofas throughout with beautiful accessories. Her salon was even featured in a magazine! That was a big deal back in the 80’s! Did I mention she also drove a Rolls Royce? Yes…she was just that Fabulous.
All three of these ladies (and others) had an influence on me Getting and Staying in the beauty business. They were great hairstylist and they looked good while they styled others.
Mrs. Lula and Mrs. Anita are deceased now.
Q: What is your inspiration that keeps you thriving?
Part of what keeps me going is that I know I’m putting things in place so that when I walk away from the salon, the transition will be smooth. The other part that keeps me going is that I’d like to have something to pass on to my children. They don’t have to keep the Salon Business going. But, I’d just like to leave them with some sort of legacy to know that there are all kinds of ways to create WEALTH. And that it’s okay to step outside the box.
Q: What has been the hardest part of what you do, that you
make look Pretty easy?
Hmmm…I think I make running a business look pretty easy. Don’t misunderstand, it has gotten easier over the years, but there’s a lot of behind the scenes maintenance involved. Even styling hair all day can look pretty easy…and some days it really is. However, there are days I may not be feeling my best, BUT there is a client that is expecting and deserves my time and attention. You just do what you have to do.
I think being a working wife and mom is pretty hard too. Most times it’s difficult to balance Home and Work…but it gets done.
Q: What has been your biggest achievement thus far, that
you’re most proud of?
My biggest achievement thus far is The Beauty Honors 2019. I’ve had lots of events over the years. This past one was the closest I’ve gotten to my vision of an Awards Show. I’m most proud of that.
Q: What would you say makes you Pretty & Powerful? What
do most call on you for? (your superpower)
Pretty and Powerful?!?!? I’m a hard worker. I’m not afraid of hard work. I’m disciplined to do the work even when I’m exhausted.
Others call on me for Business-Financial advice. First let me say, I’m NO Financial Expert, but I’m truthful with people when they ask How This? or How That? I don’t mind sharing what Did and what Didn’t work for me, Business wise. I’m truthful because when I was younger and interested in business, when I asked other people for advice, the only answer I’d get was “You have to work hard”.... well I’ve always done that. That’s not really an answer.
Q. What advice would you give to someone that may be
aspiring to enter into the profession or industry you’re in?
My advice to someone that wants to go into the beauty business is to learn the beauty business. Don’t be in a hurry to make money. The money will come in due time. Get experience assisting a busy stylist. Get experience being a receptionist in a busy salon. Visit some salons outside of your city. Go to some beauty events outside of your city. Once you start working with a full clientele, it’s not as easy to leave the salon and go to events. I say especially while you’re young, get out and network with other beauty professionals.
Q: On a transparent level, name a moment when you
almost gave up on your success journey, but found the
momentum & power to move forward?
Hmmm… one that sticks out is when I was trying to purchase my building. It was a long process because the property had to be zoned “Commercial”. That process took almost a year. In the meantime, I was paying rent at the salon I was Renting and paying a Mortgage on the salon I was trying to move into. Working in the salon and trying to oversee Contractors doing a remodel at another location was extremely difficult. All I can say is prayer works. God just made everything fall in place. Don’t misunderstand, I still had to put in the work, but at the end of the day he made it all possible.
Q. What projects are you working on; that you can share &
where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years?
Well, I’d like to continue to build my portfolio of rental properties. In the next 3-5 years, I see myself Semi-retired and working in the salon part-time.
Q: In closing what Powerful profound message would you
leave to other fellow Pretty & Powerful females climbing the
ladder to success?
Pray and ask God what He wants you to do. I say that because, if it’s under His direction, it can’t fail. Many times we chase other Peoples dreams and ideas because it looks good. So we say, “Oh I can do that.” But “That” may not be for You. Pray and ask God to send the right people your way. Also ask God to give you the gift of Delegating responsibilities. It really is an art to passing on responsibilities to someone else. Delegating isn’t something that comes natural for me. You have not because you ask not… Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
All of the above is really me talking to myself J
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