Today we’d like to introduce you to Divanna Suarez.
Divanna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The road to finding my passion began when I was 12 years old in the 8th grade when my friends came to my house to request hairstyles for prom. One of the best feelings I ever had was enhancing their beauty. As I started talking about my passion for hair, my mother, a hard-working Cuban mother who came in the 80s working as a manicurist warned me away. She told me about the wear and tear on her body and the long hours. Yet, with my father’s whispers of “put every sweat into your passion,” I went on looking for every opportunity to do a hairstyle here and there. Thankfully, I went to Miami High which has a vocational program that provided Cosmetology class and immediately I took advantage of the course. Cosmetology was my favorite part of my day and I fell more and more in love with the profession.
As soon as I graduated high school, with all my services and hours, I started working at a salon in Brickell. My mother insisted I went to college so I did, part-time, while happily working full time at Rikrak. It was a difficult year juggling my full-time passion for hair and school, but my mother soon saw what I had seen in myself as a little girl and that was my true life calling for hair. I was able to gain invaluable hair care experience at Rikrak. The salon noticed my talent and offered me great opportunities. Now, I am providing color, extensions, haircuts, keratin, treatments services and I specialize in color, balayage, baby lights, and hair extensions. With all of my experience, I’ve grown a business I take pride in.
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?
This career involves a lot of moving parts and like in any career, there are pieces that are inevitably not easy. Passing the exam to acquire my license was not easy. I had to spend countless hours studying, reviewing and memorizing. I had to take an exam to validate the work I did well and often. Luckily, I passed and I was never discouraged by the long shifts because it was something I loved to do. I was super excited about what my work would become.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am most proud of the clientele I have built over the years and their trust in my work. I am known for my color corrections and hair extensions. Throughout my career, I have developed my ability to style and select color that enhances my client’s beauty and leaves them satisfied.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well-positioned for?
All in all, the market place has embraced women in different careers and social media sheds a light on female success. It’s important that women continue to empower women. Opportunities have come a long way for women but we have a long way to go. My career has afforded me the chance to work with and meet a woman in all stages of their life. More importantly, today in 2019, I do hair not just for one type of women but to give all women a polished look to tackle their day with style.
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