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Life and Work with Armani Franklin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Armani Franklin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Armani. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
About three years ago, when I was a senior in high school, I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do when I graduated. I use to do my friends and my hair and makeup, just playing around with it but I eventually decided, “why not go to school for cosmetology. After high school, I started doing faux locs. At first, my clientele was like really slow, but then I move into a shop that help me build my clientele and learn new skills. By 2018 summer, I was booked and busy and I was known as “the girl who do locs.” That fall of 2018, I became pregnant and really sick, so I couldn’t take too many clients and also because of the season, the appointments start slowing down. Let’s just say I have a season where my business BOOM and after that, everything slows down. I still worked while I was pregnant but I work from home to be comfortable.

In May 2019, I had my son and I really couldn’t do hair at all because I had a whole newborn to take care of. So I would have like two clients in one month, which was hard for me but I decided to just go back to school to at least feel like I’m doing something. I even got a 9-5 to make ends meet. I still had to return clients but nobody was really booking. In March, a girl came to me ask for locs in a different texture. I took on the challenge, and now people won’t stop booking. I have to block times on my booking sites to give myself me time. I can’t do anything but thank god and all my clients (new and returning).

Has it been a smooth road?
It was not smooth at all. Being young and making the type of money I was making, I should’ve handled it better. The times business got slow for me should’ve been my time to learn new skills. The goal is six different incomes. To my ladies, my advice is to stay humble and do your part. Your time will come. Things don’t happen overnight but don’t ever give up on that dream.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a hairstylist, but I specialize in faux locs goddess, locs, bohemian locs, or any kind of loc you can name. If you don’t know anything about me, you know I do locs. Lol, that’s what I’m known for. The thing I’m most proud of with my brand is there isn’t one type of loc, so I’m not doing the same thing every client. It’s always something different.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Growing up as a kid, I just had a mom that made things happen by any means. That rubbed off on me a lot. I can’t sit and wait for anything to come to me. You have to work for it.

Pricing:

  • Distressed Locs (Bob) $160 – hair included
  • Goddess Locs (Lowerback) $260 – hair included

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Picture of me taken by @keno.yk

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