Today we’d like to introduce you to Mericia Young.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Mericia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
At the age of four, I began playing with barbie dolls. My Godmother taught me how to do braids and different styles on their heads. Throughout middle school and high school, I would cornrow my hair and follow several hair trends. I would pay someone to braid my hair once I got to college, but this encouraged me to learn a new technique. I began practicing on manikin heads and on myself, to fulfill a full head of plaits (braids). Not having much money in college, I saw braiding as an opportunity to gain additional income. Family and friends began to book appointments, and word-of-mouth got me to where I am today.
Great, 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?
No, it has not been a smooth road. A lot of struggles came from clients booking appointments and canceling, sometimes on the same day. Til this day, a lot of women complain about my prices, but I have grown to know my worth, and I will not settle. Also, building an audience on social media was very difficult – it took a lot of time, patience, and energy. My advice to other women would be to always remain confident and consistent. Corporations do not blow up overnight. Have visions and set goals for yourself and your business. The income may be up and down, so remember to save and budget.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Braids.AMillion – what should we know?
I specialize in plaits and crochets, although the majority of my clients schedule to get plaits. I am known for my neat braids, versatility, and unique parts, I am most proud of my originality, professionalism, and ability to set trends. My consistency, love and dedication for my business is what sets me apart from others. I love Braids.Amillion as if it were my own child, and I would give anything to see it thrive.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
The most important piece of advice I’d give to a young woman just starting her career would be to find a mentor or someone who can help her along her journey. I do not have many people on my team, but my clients are always giving words of encouragement. I try my best to boost young women in confidence and push them to success. I tell them to never try to be like anyone else, but to perfect themselves.
- Braids (Plaits) – $200 and up
- Crochets – $90 and up
- Classes/Individual Sessions – $50 and up
- Website: www.BraidsAMillion.com
- Phone: 9044003077
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/braids.amillion/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/braids.amillion
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/c/braidsamillion
Mericia Young, Carrissa Glanton, Kyra Auguste