Type 4 Naturals is highlighting woman entrepreneur, Tamika Wesley of Wesley Styles NYC studio. Tamika is a hair, make-up and tonsorial (barbering) artist that offers beauty and customer service. Wesley Styles serves and provides guests the best beauty, grooming, and image enhancement experience. Tamika Wesley also provides conversation and a haven that guests can feel comfortable, relax and let their hair down.
Tell us abut your business. What product or service do you provide? Who is your target audience?
My business is Wesley Styles NYC. I am WESLEY (my last name) and I’m providing my STYLES in NYC.
My services are for anyone, men women, and children, that may want to enhance or change their look. My target audience is the person that is looking for a professional artist, that they can trust, create, and communicate with, as well as an artist who cares about the integrity and health of the client, their hair and well being.
What would you say makes your business different from the competition in your field?
My business is different than the competition because, I really care about the person that I’m servicing. I want to make my guest feel as though they are at my home, comfortable and relaxed. It’s private and exclusive. I enjoy making my guest feel and look amazing.
Why did you become an entrepreneur? What does owning your own business mean to you?
I became an entrepreneur because I wanted the independence that an artist should have. Owning my own business means freedom to me. It means that I have the freedom, to create, to learn and to explore the many aspects of my industry. I don’t always have to be behind my chair.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
My family is my greatest influence. They give me the motivation, love, and strength to keep going, especially my daughter.
My daughter influences me to keep growing. I want her to see that there is no limit. That woman can soar!
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
I am super proud of all of the things that I have accomplished.
Going out on my own, and being an independent artist many years ago, before it was as trendy as it is, is a great accomplishment for me. I have been in business for myself for over 12 years.
Having my own studio, Great client guest that trust and support my business is an accomplishment, as well as the positive reviews they give.
These things are great accomplishments to me. The fact that people allow me to service them and do what I love, and I’m able to make a living is an accomplishment!
Tell us about a time when things did not go the way you expected it to. What did you learn from the experience?
There are many times things haven’t gone my way, lol, I can’t pick one.
One major time when things didn’t go my way was when the cosmetology school I was attending went bankrupt, and I had 3 months left to graduate. This was the 2nd time that a situation like that happened to me with the same institution and I began to question if this was the right path that I should be taking.
I learned from these experiences, is that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for. Some people may have quit, but I knew that this was for me.
I also learned how to be patient and keep calm. I learned to try to think everything out, weigh my options, and choose the best option and what’s going to make the most sense for the situation.
Do you have any new projects coming up? If so, let’s talk about it.
YES, I do have some new projects coming up. I don’t want to talk about them yet, I don’t want to jinx anything, lol, BUT some cool fun things, I love and I think my guest will too!
What is a goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
Goals that I plan to accomplish are making the studio extra swanky, more shoots, more advanced training classes, making sure my new projects are executed properly, and having fun events.
What would be the best advice you have received and still follow?
The best advice I have received and still follow is to listen, meditate, and always be humble. Also, to not take things personal. This is hard because I am a sensitive person.
What’s the worst business advice you received? How did the advice impact your business?
I haven’t really received any horrible business advice. I often get advice from successful business women and men and pay attention to what the greats are doing, and try to make it fit for my business model.
Do you have non-work habits to help you with work-life balance?
My non-work habits that help with my work-life balance is praying, meditating, listening to music, drawing, reading and playing with my daughter. I am a big kid, and I LOVE being able to play with munchie and her toys!
Any last minute thoughts for our readers? Please share.
Being a small business woman, entrepreneur is HARD, especially when you are a mom or want to become a mom. We have to ensure we have a good balance for work and family. It’s also non stop WORK, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I enjoy knowing that ALL of MY hard work is to benefit the good of MY business, my clients and to make mine and my families dreams come true. It’s not just MY business, but my families business as well. They work hard WITH me, with their love and support.
When people allow me to service them, it allows me to provide for my family and community.
Type 4 Naturals Jo, Kory and Kat, all seek the expertise of Ms. Tamika Wesley. Tamika not only serves natural clientele but all types of hair and cultures sit in her chair for top notch service. Interested in seeing more of Wesley Styles, follow Tamika on her social media networks: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.