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Conversations with Lia Winbush

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lia Winbush. 

Hi Lia, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m the youngest of 4 girls. Being the youngest gave me a lot of opportunities because I always had someone older to teach me things. My mom taught me patience. My dad taught me willpower. My older sisters taught me how to stand up for myself. These qualities carried over into the career that I have chosen. It took patience to perfect my work. Will-power to not give up. And I always stand up for my work. I’ve always been interested in hair and crafts so I combined the 2 and created Lovely Looks by Lia. My mom enrolled me in hair braiding classes when I was a little girl, and I’m very thankful she did! I practiced in all my friends and got better and better. I have 3 little ones at home, so doing this line of work allows me to still be their full-time caregiver which is my number 1 priority. 

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?
Fresh out of high school, I had no clients, so I ended up working a retail job. I worked in a few different stores and eventually at a bank. They all supported me as needed, but I still just wasn’t happy. That’s were sat fing up for myself came in. I quit my job and never looked back. I just had to believe in myself. I decided to make my hobbies a full-time career. I had to do a bit of free work to get my name out there, but it all paid off. Another challenge was there were so many other people in these fields. But I make sure I stand out as different among the rest. The services and products I provide are absolutely top tier. 

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 do natural hairstyles and braids. I enjoy making women and young ladies feel beautiful! Nothing makes me happier than seeing a smile on their face when they look in the mirror. I also design and make t-shirts earrings, mugs, etc. If someone sends me a picture, I can cartoon it and add it to a mug, a pencil pouch, puzzle, or even a keychain. I’m constantly adding new products to my list. I also love to do family reunion T-shirts! I do all of this right from home! Sometimes I sell pre-made crafts at vendor shows. With these skills, I am also able to surprise friends and family with custom gifts for whatever occasion. I’ll never forget when I put my husband’s picture on a mug! He couldn’t stop smiling. 

I’m so proud of how many people find me through word of mouth. To me, that means a lot because it shows they are happy with all the work I put into my business, and they just can’t help but talk about me. 

What sets me apart is my turnaround period. I take pride in every order I do, and I get it back to the client quickly. Same when I’m doing a client’s hair. I rarely take a break because I want to give them a quick but still beautiful service. 

What does success mean to you?
Being happy with yourself when you go to bed at night. You don’t have to have a lot of money. Just knowing you’ve put your all into something and where an honest person is successful!!! I can’t say that I have a lot of money. I drive my dad’s old car, and I don’t get to travel much. But my family loves me, my clients appreciate me, and I am proud of the work that I do!!! Therefore, I am successful! 

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