Today we’d like to introduce you to Helaine Marie.
Helaine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was younger, I was a very creative child, I loved to color and give all my dolls haircuts. Oh and draw, I was always doing the little things on the back of the matchbooks “Draw Cubby”. One day, I sent it in, and a gentleman came to my house to do an interview and wanted me to go to art school. I was only 13 and I had a stranger in my house and my mom totally freaked. As I got older, I lived with a family friend and she used to get her haircut at Dellaria on Newbury Street, I was in awe of all the different people, personalities and everything that was going on, from there, I was hooked. I begged my grandfather to lend me the money to go to hairdressing school and so began my journey. I worked part-time and went to school part-time. A few weeks into hair school, I was like, wait, all my friends are at the beach having fun and I’m stuck at school, so I did what every 17 years old would do (or so I thought), I quit. Now, summer is over and I’m working full time slinging pizzas? Hell, no. I can’t ask my grandfather for the money, so I worked full time and went to school part time nights. Yay, I’m done now. I’m gonna take myself right over to Dellaria. I took advantage of their classes and worked with them on and off for ten years, but I was never going to be where I wanted to be if I stayed with them! I wanted more. I drove every day through Stoneham to get to Burlington and there was this quint little salon in town, I used to say to myself, I want to check this place out, the one day I stopped to check it out, the salon had closed but the spot was for rent. It was perfect, 200 square feet of heaven. At this time, I am 32, yeah I had to suck it up and move back home with my mom to open up my shop. But I wouldn’t change I thing. I have been in business for 14 years and I’m blessed.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The struggle was real. FOR SURE! Unfortunately, I worked with girls who were very unkind and condescending. To this day, I still wonder why they were so rude. I would look to them for guidance as I was very inquisitive but when I asked questions I would get the response “If you have to ask a question, you shouldn’t be doing hair”! I would go to work every day with a lump in my throat and if I didn’t have the attitude and personality I do, I probably wouldn’t have lasted in the field. It was the very, very cutthroat. Thankfully, the industry has changed a lot. Especially, with social media. Questions are good! There are no stupid questions, we are all here to learn. I’ve been doing hair for 26 years and guess what? I still don’t know it all. I learn from people every day and every ounce of knowledge I learn I suck it up like a sponge. I’ve seen the most amazing stylists right out of hair school. If you are in a salon that you feel like you can’t learn and grow, “leave” and do it as quickly as you can.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Helaine Marie Salon – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am an official Copyright holder, of “The Foliage Foil” that is my biggest accomplishment besides opening my own salon.
In 2012 I went to New York and took a two-day course at the Famous Ouidad Salon and honed in on my craft of specializing in curly hair. Curls are definitely my passion. When I was certified, there were only 14 salons in a 200-mile radius who offered this signature cut. I am definitely the queen of curl!
I live for multi-dimensional foils and coloring, I just live and love everything about what I do. I once heard the saying “If you do what you love, you won’t work a day in your life”. BINGO! HERE I AM.
I am blessed to say I don’t work, I create, and I make people look and feel good about themselves and it is such an amazing feeling.
The salon also offers Organic Spray Tans which is a big business for me as well, I worked with KMS and Wella and have traveled all over the country training and educating, but it was too much for me. I feel like I wanted to be a little more grounded.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My childhood was dark and dreary, I spent a lot of time alone and didn’t have many friends. So, I definitely was an imaginative kid. I used to run around my neighborhood in Wonder Woman Under-Roos, that was my escape. I just always used to say to myself, there has to be something better than this.
- Ouidad $125
- Foliage Foil Starting At $125
- Organic Spray Tan $40
- Address: 366 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
- Website: helainemarie.com
- Phone: 781-438-0263
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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