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Conversations with the Inspiring Taylor Rae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Rae.

Taylor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I attended Regency Beauty Institute from 2007 – 2008. I then apprenticed for ten months at a salon in Lakewood before receiving my own hair to start building my own clientele. After working there for eight years, it was time to start my own thing, so I moved to Downtown Denver in the fall of 2016 to open my own studio suite. Making the decision to work for myself was the best thing that I could’ve done for my career. At the beginning of 2017, I was offered an opportunity to be a part of the PRAVANA Collective, which is an elite team of educators who travel the US to teach and share knowledge and techniques on stage at hair shows and events. PRAVANA is one of the top hair color and styling companies in the US, and soon to be worldwide. Since then, I have taught many classes on and off stage. I also have the pleasure of working for other companies such as Brazilian Bond Builder and ColorTrak. All of the opportunities came from many years of hard work, continued education and social media. I started my hair Instagram page about five years ago with the intention of gaining a few new clients and having fun sharing my work with others, but not really thinking anything much of it. Somehow, my page took off and I started gaining lots of followers which turned into so many new clients. Instagram is really what has helped my business and career take off and also allowed me to open up my own studio.

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?
Anything worth having never comes easy. The first six years of my career, I worked my but off to perfect my craft and build a clientele but I felt like I was becoming stagnant and none of the people in my salon were really interested in going to the next level. When Instagram started becoming more popular, I decided to create a hair business page to share my work and maybe gain some new young clientele. My page started growing, I began to make awesome internet friends that shared the same passion and drive as myself. I began to do more things outside of my comfort zone such as vivid hair, attending classes and shows. One challenge I encountered as my page gained popularity was major push back from my boss who was super against anything regarding social media. Also, the girls I worked with were never really supportive and made me feel less than for discussing my new success. my boss would tell me that vivid hair and social media would never take me anywhere and if I tried to leave the salon to work for myself I wouldn’t make any money and fail. as a young professional who didn’t know any better, I listened to them for a few more years. Eventually, I started to lose love for my craft and decided I had to leave, even if that meant I would be making less money, I would at least be happy. It was the best decision I ever made. Less than six months after I left that salon, I was offered a position on the PRAVANA Collective which iOS an elite team of artists who educate around the US. My point with this is that you can’t listen to other people when it comes to your life and goals, believe in yourself and you WILL succeed. If I had never left that toxic environment, I wouldn’t have ever been able to reach my true potential and be more in love with my craft than ever before.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Taylor Rae Hair Studio story. Tell us more about it.
I am a colorist who specializes in vivid (rainbow) hair color, color corrections, balayage and blonding. I am most known for my vivid hair color, rainbows specifically. I am most proud of being a member of the PRAVANA Collective team and being able to travel the US educating other hairdressers.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Cut off your dead ends for growth, and I’m not just talking about your hair.

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Image Credit:
myself, Huck Hinshaw

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