As a 6’2” 277 lb black man, I found it really difficult to break in the bridal hairstylist market. There were a few bridal agencies that followed my work on Instagram and I met face to face with a San Francisco based bridal hair and makeup agency but I still couldn’t catch a break. After applying repeatedly to aforementioned agencies, I finally came the closest that I had been to becoming a wedding hairstylist. I was referred to a young affianced woman by a former classmate from the Aveda Institute in SF. She was asked to do the future bride’s hair but was unable to because she would be on vacation at the time of her wedding. I gave her the okay to pass the future bride my contact information. I was sooooooo excited! My time had come. I was so eager, honored and secretly desperate to break into this market that I drove twice to her house in Marin for a bridal updo trial. I didn’t charge anything for those trips. The wedding date was set and we agreed on a price and the countdown began. About one week prior to the wedding date she called me and told me that she had chosen another stylist to style her hair for her wedding. I was taken aback by the news and was saddened.
To be continued………..