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Conversations with Canesha Henry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Canesha Henry.

Hi Canesha, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In a nutshell, from as long as I could remember I’ve had a passion for fashion, anything that would speak to the artist in me and anything that could be transformed I wanted to be a part of. In grade school, I remember my mom investing in my first sewing kit, I had the fabric, the needles and the sewing machine! I’d knit and sew everyone’s heart together if I could. My mom was always an entrepreneur, she had businesses and hustles that my young mind couldn’t fully grasp at the time, but I watched her more than I realized. She’d complete her commercial cleaning gigs and come home to do her friends’ hair before church in the morning. When she couldn’t do their hair, her clients became my clients. Ten years old and paid. High-schooler doing hair and still paid. Fast forward, I became interested in photography took pictures of everything and everyone before there was even a name for “selfies”, won a couple of competitions too. Photography was just a hobby that grew into a passion though because since the age of eight, I was preparing to become an OB/GYN. I continued taking pictures all the way to college earning extra money and in college my friend purchased my first DSLR camera… while I was studying Criminal Justice, not Obstetrics and Gynecology.

You see, in the 11th grade I prayed about the career I should take (again) and I felt God leading me in a different direction. I was devastated not to be that young doctor, I had my whole life and career planned since the age of eight. I’d been making money babysitting since the age of eight and now all I wanted was to help women deliver and nurture their babies. Well anyways, I’d travel back and forth home and I do portraits at home and even secure some pretty big photography contracts too. I decided to come to establish my photography business, leaving college temporarily. At home, my photography clients knew I could do hair and wanted me to do theirs, so I would. I’m back in college now still not feeling peace, I decided to enroll in cosmetology school. This was only to be licensed to further serve my photography clients. Hair is what took off however, and now nearly five years I have a successful business, working as a full-time entrepreneur. I understand why I couldn’t be that OB/GYN now. Behind my chair, I help the women in front of it deliver their babies everyday, businesses are birthed in my salon, ideas and confidence too. I help women not only enhance their image but increase their impact as well. When you look good, you serve even better. It’s not just hair I’m grooming, but it’s families and communities too.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been smooth by any means, the first couple of salons I was at I borrowed money every other week struggling to pay booth rent. I wore my hair wrapped often because the hair products I’d buy, I would hardly use them on me so they could stretch through the little clients I did have. The only thing smooth about my road is that my belief to become did not waiver,

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a full-time licensed hairstylist in IL and MO. I specialize in hair color, natural hair, bridal hair and hair loss. In the age of lace fronts and 40-inch extensions, I take pride in teaching individuals how to be confident in their curls. Many people struggle with maintaining moisture and managing their mane that I’ve created easy to follow regimens for each of my clients based off lifestyle and their hair needs to create successful healthy hair journeys. I’ve reversed hair loss that seamed to be permanent and I’ve helped “grow” hair that seemed to be stuck!

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to teach a couple of more hair color and texture classes to prove hair is just a fabric with the hopes to alleviate terms like white and black hair or bad hair and good hair to bridge the gap in segregation within the hair industry in our local communities. I also plan to offer more brand consulting and business planning to those who are looking to step out. I’ve helped individuals legit make thousands of dollars just by casting ideas and direction to their visions and I think it’s time for me to do something more official with that! Other than I’m enjoying the new niche in my business; bridal hair! So rewarding!


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