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Check Out Autumn Landrum’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Autumn Landrum. 

Hi Autumn, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My story is pretty simple! I went to cosmetology school because I’ve always had a passion for hair. I remember telling my mom that’s what I wanted to do and I remember almost feeling shame (so many of my friends were going off to college) but she was so excited for me like she was going too and I knew then like ok, I can do this. After cos school, I took a year off to work and save some money because I knew I wanted to be an assistant and if I wanted to dedicate my time to the program, I’d need to have something saved. After assisting for a little over a year and a half I finally received my chair as a full-time stylist! Covid hit shortly after and going back salons just didn’t feel the same. That’s how moody hair studio came about. A small space to give my client 1-1 attention without all the chaos around. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest struggle for me was finding my niche. It’s so hard to stand out when you’re working around so many talented people daily. Work just did not seem fulfilling for me when I was trying to do every service to retain every client. In 2020 I took my first extension certification course and that’s when everything clicked for me. I’d finally felt like I found something I loved doing every single day… 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a hairstylist who specializes in extensions. Giving women their confidence with extensions has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I call it my specialty because it’s the one service I’ll never stop growing in and learning about. I spend so much time perfecting my sections, stitching, and final looks that I would say my work alone sets me apart from others. 

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Always take the risk! When I opened my salon suite, I had only been taking clients of my own for about 5 months. So needless to say, while I had a good loyal clientele I had nowhere near what I would need to go the distance long term. Which is something I knew going into it and I’m ok saying that. But it worked out and it for sure came together. I remember telling my clients I was starting my business and going out on my own, I’d do a little happy dance every time they were like “yup, I’ll see you there!” 

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