Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Chance.
Hi Kimberly, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for sharing your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
My love for hair started as a teenager when I was hired as a receptionist at the JCPenney salon. I instantly knew that’s what I wanted to go to school for. I looked into all the local cosmetology schools, and I remember telling my mom, and she said, “Absolutely not. You’re going to stick with the medical field.”
The whole time I was in college, all I could think was how can I go to cosmetology school at the same time. I knew exactly where the closest cosmetology school was to my college and where I was going to open my own salon in Cape Girardeau.
In my second year at SEMO, I got pregnant with my oldest daughter and moved back home at the end of the first semester. After my daughter was born, I took a tour of Paul Mitchell the School – St. Louis. I instantly fell in love and knew that’s where I was going to go to school. However, at the time, I had just moved out on my own into my first apartment and didn’t feel like financially it was the right time, so I decided to take a job instead. I worked for that company for exactly 3 years. I still couldn’t stop thinking about being a cosmetologist, so I scheduled another tour at Paul Mitchell, except this time, I finally signed up for the program and quit my job to pursue my dreams!
While I was at Paul Mitchell, I found mentors to learn from, and I would shadow other stylists to learn different techniques. After graduating, I worked at my first salon in St. Louis County, doing an associate’s program to learn even more and set myself up for success. I eventually decided to work closer to home in Washington, MO.
I got pregnant with my youngest in June 2020 and had hyperemesis gravidarum my whole pregnancy, so I barely worked. She was born premature, had a month-long NICU stay, was diagnosed with an airway disorder, and ended up needing surgery at a few months old. I was out of work again for about 6 months, so when I returned in July 2021, I had to start over completely. I joined Thrivers Society in October and hit the ground running, doing everything I was being coached to so I could rebuild my clientele. In May, I decided to take an opportunity and open my salon suite in Washington,
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 most definitely has not been a smooth road. I think the stigma surrounding a career as a cosmetologist stopped me from pursuing my dreams of being a cosmetologist. I can’t even count how many people told me I was making a horrible decision and I would never be successful or make money. After graduating, Covid happened within a year, and I got pregnant with my youngest, which set me back two separate times.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a blonding and balayage specialist.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
What I like best about Washington is that it has a small-town feel without being too small. It’s also fairly close to STL to easily drive there for anything. What I like least is how far behind most other stylists and salons are in my area. There aren’t many salons that enforce policies or have websites and online booking.
- Full Blonding – $200+
- Blonding Maintenance – $165
- Balayage – $175+
- Mini Highlight – $100
- Gloss Refresh – $65
- Website: www.kimberlychancestylist.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kosmetologistkimber
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pg/kimberlychancestylist
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