Interview With Tennisia
What role do you play in the hair and beauty industry?
I wear many hats in the Colorado hair and beauty industry. I am a locally and internationally published makeup and hair artist. My work has been published in My Black Colorado, 303 magazine, 5280 magazine, Italian Vogue, Defined magazine, Empowered magazine, and more. I am also a runway producer, runway etiquette adviser, and creative director.
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because it is thrilling to work with so many diverse and talented people. I seek the fulfillment of creating beautiful things and people are a marvelous canvas of individual uniqueness.
How long have you been in this industry?
I have been doing this for 20+ years
What do other people say they love about your products and services?
I listen to them, their vision, and I see it important to incorporate their authentic brand and make it a point to ensure they are representing what they intend to portray and execute.
What are the top 3 things that make you stand out?
I don’t discriminate I believe beauty exists in everyone, I think different is good, and all praises to odd or provocative artistic expressions!
What are some hair or beauty tips that would benefit your client base?
Eat and drink healthy … water, fruit, veggies, herbs, and natural or organic supplements which are approved by your physician to ensure internal and external health, what one puts into the body can make or break you
What is your perspective on how our society views beauty, and what is your perspective on what it means?
Society is temperamental, it’s not about society to me. Opinions are something of the past in my book… it’s more about the individual and how they feel about themselves to me. Building each client up with the guidance that they don’t have to fit into a box is my method. Beauty is as beauty does, so if one is softly beautiful that is fantastic, but so is being fierce, or stately. There is no bar or standard in which one fits i tell my clients that they define beauty, beauty does not define them. You can quote me on that!!!
What are you learning in this season of life and business that can help others out?
Seasons change … go with the flow. Fluidity is peace.
Being Black, What unique challenges do you face as a professional in the beauty industry?
One of my biggest challenges was Being a makeup artist, hair artist, and model… so many times I would get my makeup or hair done by a person who said they were professional, but had no idea how to blend or match makeup with my skin tone, Or who had no experience with natural hair. On many occasions I’d be embarrassed to walk on the runway because i looked washed out, orange, or ashy because the artist did not have experience with ethnic skin or hair.
What does good customer service look like in the beauty industry?
Attentive, interested, creative, willing to listen, innovative, artistic, empathetic, cultured, enthusiastic, professional, experienced, compassionate, empowering, knowledgeable, and tenacious!!!!!