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Rising Stars: Meet Amanda Stafford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Stafford. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve wanted to be a hairstylist since I was 4 years old. Making people feel beautiful and happy is something that will not get old for me. I started being a mentor 8 years ago and discovered a whole new passion for growing younger stylists. What I found is once you’ve mentored someone, it stays with them for life. The biggest gift I’ve been given is having someone say to me, years later that they couldn’t be the stylist they are without the help of my guidance. 

After the pandemic, the view of being a stylist changed. No longer was I asked, “oh you only cut hair,” people realized how much they cared about what was on their head. In times we couldn’t control anything, this was something they still could have say in. 

When the idea of BENJI salon was presented to me, as much as it was someone else’s dream, it fit perfectly with what I always had dreamt of. 

It fits the big picture. Helping others, the community… the skies the limit. Watch out world, you never know what a group of strong women are capable of! 

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?
If the road was smooth, everyone would take it. I’ve worked hard my whole life. You attract the same type of people along the way, they build you up, put air in your tires, and when they need it, you do the same. 

Every obstacle is a growing opportunity. That’s why my position as general manager allows for growth within myself and to build up others as well. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Most stylists when they’re younger, just want to color, color, color. I was the same, but I found a passion for cutting years ago and realized you cannot paint well on rocky surfaces. 

I love fixing haircuts, changing something around their face that enhances their whole look, making the morning Routine easier. 

I also love coloring and completing the whole look. 

I’m most proud of my extended education with Vidal Sassoon, that academy changed how I cut hair. So, you could say, I’m known for bobs, my precious mentees would tell you I’m known for teaching bobs. I think the saying goes “it’s not always easy but it’s worth it.” Learning a difficult level cut is not always fun. 

What I pride myself in is giving the client a look that works for their lifestyle, budget, and schedule! 

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
We need hairstylists! 

People will do some crazy things to get their hair done! 

Also, to not take anything for granted. It shook all of our worlds, not knowing what’s next. It also reminded me that no matter the client’s viewpoint, everyone just wants to be listened to. 

Hug a medical professional… they’re our heroes in this. 

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