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Rising Stars: Meet Danielle Pointer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Pointer.

Hi Danielle, 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?
How did I get here? My journey took a lot of twists and turns and I never thought that I would be here! Never! I started out doing my family hair while in high school but never thought it would be a career for me. After high school, I wanted to go to college and if that didn’t work, I was going into the Army. That was the path I would take and what was next I didn’t know. Well, college didn’t work and off to the Army, I went. I was in the Army for 9 1/2 years and it was my tour in Germany that inspired me to go to Cosmetology school. Europe was filled with so much fashion and amazing hair cuts and hair color. So after my last duty station in California, I decided that the Army life was it and it was time to start my new career of beauty! This transition was so challenging, but it was all so worth it. While in Atlanta Technical College for Cosmetology, I was also working full-time as a studio photographer at Fort Mcpherson. It took almost two years to complete the Cosmetology program and after finishing school, it was time to get to work, but I didn’t know what that looked like. I had a friend in Cosmetology School that was a class ahead of me and told me that I could work at her salon if I wanted to. And that is where it all started! I’m so thankful for Kim Love and her salon at the time, A Touch of Love! This was my training ground and I’m so grateful and thankful. This is where it all started for me. My work ethic, my photoshoots, my clientele, and where I grew as a stylist.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Absolutely no smooth road, but the passion and love for hair kept me going when I felt like giving up! God most definitely strategically sent me my clients. He led me to people who were willing to help and pour into me. This field can be a very selfish field. Some stylists don’t want to help or share info, for whatever reason, and its really sad. But I’m so thankful for the Kim Love’s and the hosts of professionals and clients that helped and encouraged me to keep going. Leaving a world of order and routine to start an entrepreneurial life was a huge challenge for me. I would not be who I am if not one for God and the people He surrounded me with. I truly believe that as an entrepreneur, you will have ups and downs in your business, but who you are in your business and who you are surrounded around in your business is what will help you to sustain.

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 always like to think of myself of more than a hairstylist because it’s so much more than touching my client’s hair. I’m a therapist, a friend, just an ear, a prayer partner, and so much more! My main specialty is in healthy hair. I mainly work with my client’s hair versus commercial hair. It’s funny how that when I first started as a hairstylist, I had over 90% short relaxed pixie clients and now majority of my clientele are relaxer free, either getting my Silk Press service or rocking their natural coils and curls. Being part of the most amazing salon, The Societe` Salon in Hapeville, GA with owner/stylist Shawna Chevon has also helped me to be who I am today. God work in amazing ways! I’m most proud of my growth in learning my craft and my professional work ethic. I believe that my clients should receive V.I.P status service every time they sit in my chair and I try my best to provide that for them no matter if you are a new client or have been rocking with me since 2009. I think that is what set me apart from others!

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
One of my favorite childhood memory is playing with my cousins in the summertime. I mean hanging outside all day long playing, running, fighting, jump roping and just being kids. Not a care in the world. I miss those days, but also grateful that I was able to have them.

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