Our owner and lead stylist, Yolie, is the definition of a work horse. If you know her, you know she never stops! Most days, she doesn't take lunches because it is important to her to fit in all of her devoted guests that have been with her since she started her career. She is a great example as a boss, and someone who all of us look up to in our career and we couldn't think of anyone other than her to dedicate our first Q & A!
What inspired you to become a hairstylist?
-I've always wanted to do it! I used to style my dolls hair when I was little. I never dreamed I would ever leave Corpus to be educated several times in New York, Chicago, Seattle, California, and all over Texas.
Where was your favorite place for education?
-New York because of the fashion, the diverse cultures, and different styles. Everything is alive, and the city never sleeps.
What drives your passion for hair?
-The instant gratification we give to our guests when they love their hair. Making them feel beautiful and confident drives me. It amazes me how you can change someone's confidence by changing their hair!
How long have you been doing hair?
-Since 1981. (We quickly did the math...) Oh my gosh, that's 35 years! Haha!
When did you open your first salon?
-In 1996, it was called Salon Diva. We had 6 stylists and 2 nail techs.
In 35 years, how has your career changed?
-We went from paper to computer! From writing paper tickets to everything being computerized...oh and also, the internet! It has influenced and evolved all of my guests who come in such a positive way!
One major challenge as a stylists in your 35 years?
-Always trying to keep up with the latest trends. And also, getting my guests who have been with me for so long to try new things and get out of their comfort zones.
What are your top 3 favorite products and why?
-1) Davines Oi Milk---it's organic, the delicate scent, makes your hair so soft and healthy.
2) Amika Wizard---it's a must have for the kind of humidity we have here in Corpus! It's magic!
3) Shades EQ Color Gloss---there's no other product like it! It conditions while coloring your hair and it's so universal, everyone could use it!
What do you like to do when you're not doing hair?
-Play with my grandson, Rhett. I cycle, go to the gym, and I like to do yard work.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
-Still doing hair!
How long do you plan on continuing your career as a hairstylist?
-Until I physically can't do it anymore!