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Life & Work with Peta-Gaye Robinson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peta-Gaye Robinson.

Hi Peta-Gaye, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Doing hair is my passion. It started in my teen years when I really wanted nice braids and those nice do’s I would see my peers with, but I couldn’t afford to go into the salon and get it done. My mom would do my hair but it wasn’t to my liking. I started practicing on my own hair, I used weaves and extensions and try to replicate hairstyles that I would saw, desired but couldn’t afford at the time. My friends and sisters would let me practice in their hair, I got better with time and got to the point where I was confident to venture out and do other people’s hair. I migrated to the US from the islands when I was 20 years old, it was different from what I was used to, the neighbors and people in the community let me do their hair, the money I was making was a small amount so I ventured out into the work world and at this point I was only doing my own hair. I occasionally would get questions about my hairstyles, I would say I did it, and then it would be just that.

Fast forward to 2017, after many miserable jobs and unemployment, I decided to pursue my cosmetology license, I did 1200 hours of schooling, took the state boards passed and got licensed. I was super happy and eager to open my own salon, I envisioned everything and knew exactly how I wanted it, but financial difficulties and fear swept that dream under the rug. I picked up a few clients here and there working from home but it was just not enough and not what I wanted. In 2020 I took the leap of faith and with constant annoyance from my boyfriend, we rented out this suite which is today StylesbyCP HairStudio. It’s not the dream I desire but its a great start that I’m proud of and the beginning of bigger and greater things.

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?
The journey hasn’t been smooth, there were and still is many obstacles to overcome. Fear, self-doubt, lack of motivation were all things that contributed to a rough journey. I would look at other hairstylists work and somehow convince myself that I could never do what they do or even be half as good. This would put me in a depressing state and I would come up with a hundred excuses why I’m not good enough. Finances also played a major role in making the Journey uncomfortable, but today I can say I’ve overcome and conquered many of these obstacles and I’m still on this journey pushing forward.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a licensed Cosmetologist, I specialize in braiding with extensions, natural hair braiding, locs repairs, retwist and styling. Braiding hair is art, you have to have a creative mind, clients come in and they’re not sure what they want, so it’s left up to me as the stylist to recommend something that I know will work for this particular person. Most time its only a picture that’s a guide and its often fun to recreate what’s in that picture. I love doing locs, the creativeness is endless, all locs were not created equal, so styling and grooming is really artistic. What I’m most proud of is the ability to do what I do and that I can do it and make somebody feel good about themself. What sets me apart from others is that I’m very understanding and I ensure a happy ending before you leave my shop.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success for me is reaching a point in my life where I don’t have to depend on doing physical work to make money to cover living expenses, to me it’s having multiple streams of income to earn while I’m sleeping, it’s taking a vacation without worrying that I’m not at work so I’m missing out, its setting goals and conquering them, its being proud of myself every step of the Journey. Success to me also is being financially stable enough to take care of my family and children in this life and the afterlife.

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