Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrienne Clark.
Hi Adrienne, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always loved hair. Well, mostly my hair. I’ve always been a salon baby since my mom relaxed my hair in elementary school. I loved getting in the chair and getting my hair washed. I appreciate it even more now that I do my own. I would find myself studying everything my stylist did. I’m a visual learner so it was pretty easy to watch and mimic things at home. This helped me take care of my hairstyles when I wasn’t in the salon chair. I take pride in my own hair and use it to express myself, except I was never allowed to color it.
In high school, I began wearing extensions and could definitely color those instead. I carried this hobby thru high school and college, learning and trying new things on my friend and myself -including making wigs. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with my bachelor’s in Social Work, all I knew was that I wanted to help people, but social work within the system didn’t seem like the right fit for me. All of my friends loved asking me to help them style their hair and I loved doing it, so it only made sense to get serious about it. I began coloring hair, studying Youtube, learning how to make wigs and buying supplies. I eventually sought out cosmetology school at Paul Mitchell to get licensed and expand my scope of practice. I’m set to graduate this April, so my journey is just getting started!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been everything but smooth. After my bachelor’s, I decided to go for my Masters which didn’t exactly work out. I felt really lost until I enrolled in cosmetology school. Paul Mitchell actually helped me inside and out, so I’m glad I decided to attend. As a business owner, everyone only thinks about the profit and not about the cost. Everything has come out of pocket, so I’m not able to do everything I would like to but I’ll be able to soon. As long as Covid-19 stops affecting my graduation date lol.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in custom color and custom wig units. Color is very dear to me, especially as a black woman. We’re often steered away from fashion colors as they can be unprofessional or unflattering for our skin. That’s far from the truth. I am most proud that I am originally self taught but now that I have the technical training and knowledge, I’m able to apply that to my custom units and colors, offering better results.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I’m open to any business partnerships, whether it just be a promo, working on a project, a giveaway-anything! My Instagram is @Candycolors__ If you’re in Orlando, you can also book with me at Paul Mitchell The School Orlando under student number #4781.
- Custom Closure Units $70
- Custom Frontal Units $80
- Full Color Application begins at $50
- Partial Color Application begins at $45
- Website: https://www.promptlypolished.com/store/candy-colors/
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/candycolors__/