Today we’d like to introduce you to Osheema Mills.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like.
My mom always said “Oshie, you were born to do hair”. Her favorite anecdote from my childhood is the story of me as a little girl telling her how I would want my hair. There I was, barely able to articulate my words but my hair, always looked fly! Growing up on the warm islands of St Kitts & Nevis, in the Caribbean, braids were the main hair style for young girls to wear to school. By the age of 9, I began braiding hair around the neighborhood for a small fee and continued to do so until I graduated high school. And thus, an entrepreneur was born. I went on to complete beauty school in Manhattan, New York , in 2014, where I then went straight to work as an assistant for a full service salon. After a month of working there, I left to work for the world renowned salon, Dry Bar. Within 6 months I was promoted to shop educator, and then to a Manger position one year later. In 2018, I moved to Sanford, FL to be closer to family and I transitioned to working at “Blo “, blow bar salon in Orlando as a Trainer. Stylist. After a year in Florida, I began collecting clients for personal stylings and events, I was booking so many clients that I decided to turn my side services into a mobile hairstyling business- fast forward to now, I am the CEO of Touch of Oshie LLC, and breaking glass ceilings one blow dry at a time!
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I actually am thankful for the bumps in the road. I try to learn from every experience whether or not the outcomes are positive or negative. I take each area of opportunity as life lessons that are meant to be a part of my life journey. I would say that one of the most challenging experiences of my life was moving to Florida- I had to learn to adapt to the environment here in the south and rebuild my clientele base that I left behind in New York. It took me a while, and I was pretty disheartened at first, thinking that I made the biggest mistake in moving. However, over time I learned to become resilient in my quest for success. And, each time I start over, I build myself up better than ever and I find that with each “struggle”, such as moving to a new place, I acquire a new opportunity, such as starting my own business, that overall leads to a more successful future.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a mobile hairstylist that specializes in Blowouts, braids and styling for weddings, party’s and special events in Central Florida. I am known around Orlando for my professional blowouts and outstanding customer service! I am so proud of how far I have come in this industry, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me as I strive for higher endeavors! The thing that sets me apart is my professionalism, personality, and personal brand! I believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and let her “crown” shine, and it’s so rewarding to be a part of that special day to help someone see the beauty that they have had all along!
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
It matters now more than ever that women are not only surviving in the Cosmetology world but succeeding to be the forefront of the industry. Being a woman of color has its challenges. You are automatically put in to a figurative box and told you are not good enough or fast enough or savvy enough but the one thing that keeps me moving forward is the idea that I am paving the way for young women like me. My success means that those young girls coming up in the world have an example to look up to and those who are hesitant to take that next step forward can see me as someone willing to stand in solidarity. Cause when I win, we all win!
- Blow Outs – $60
- Braids – (starting) $120
- Special Events – $85
- Photo Shoots – $85
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.touchofoshie.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/touchofoshie.llc/?hl=en
Photographer – Alex Titus Makeup Artist – Diana Contreras Makeup Artist – Ashley Reviera PA – Morgan Chaderton