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Life & Work with Meghan Noakes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meghan Noakes.

Hi Meghan, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I graduated cosmetology school in Columbia MO in 2007 and loved it so much I went back to the same school in order to get my Esthetician’s license. I worked at a small college town barbershop with my cosmetology license while I was in school for my esthetician license. Once I graduated with my second license, I moved back home stl and began working at my first big salon and spa. The truth is, I was already deep into addiction and alcoholism, and on the outside, I think I portrayed a thriving professional, but I really wasn’t.

Fast forward thru a few years of struggling hairstylist to the part where I stepped away from the chair to get sober and get my life together. It wasn’t pretty. It’s was actually super ugly and I was briefly homeless and walking around with warrants out for my arrest. I struggled hard for about two years to get sober once I realized the seriousness of my condition. But then I finally got sober. Like for real sober. Recovery. 12/12/2018. That’s when I realized my potential as a person. I spent my first ten months in recovery managing a tanning salon bc that’s the only place that would hire me at the time. I then got back behind the chair to begin the journey of re-establishing myself as a hair professional. It’s been fantastic. It’ll be two years in September that I’ve been back behind the chair at The Bend Salon in Webster Groves. I started there as a commission stylist but was able to rebuild my business strong enough to go rental after one year. I love my career and I love my clients. I feel passionate about creating looks for people to enjoy. I’m passionate about making money for the first time in my life. Saving money and making amends to society for all those years, I was sick in my addiction. I just recently competed in my first national hair competition, and my work has been featured a few times, which is always an amazing feeling.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Lol nope. I already touched on my sobriety journey but worth nothing, I did not have a car when I finally got sober. And when I got sober, a condition of my sobriety was that I get real honest and willing so I ultimately surrendered to the warrant I had for my arrest. I had to wear a scram bracelet for 16months and I didn’t have a car so I walked and rode my bike everywhere I needed to be. I also had to enroll in a court program that I am still actively a part of. It’s a lot, but I got a life in return that I never dreamed possible.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in painting hair. I create dimensions and lived in color. I call it the 3rd dimension. Foiling is great and can be really pretty but painting hair creates the 3rd dimension of color. I do A LOT of big before and after shots and makeovers. I’m really good at bringing out a person’s good hair potential.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Outwardly I was super talkative and friendly, but inside I was super insecure. I loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. I was a tomboy but fixated on beauty. Kind of an enigma, really.

Contact Info:

  • Email: meghannoakes@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: Meghan Noakes
  • Facebook: Meghan Noakes

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