Otimayin Queen Morenike, teen hair stylist, schooling & working
My name is Otimayin Queen Morenike. I am a native of Kogi State.
I am the second child of my family and I am 19 years old.
I am into hairdressing, styling people’s hair and bringing out the exact beauty in them.
I started this hair dressing business by making hair for my friends; then I was in secondary school and just 12 years old.
I get motivation from home and my mother is my role model.
Categorically speaking, the starting wasn’t easy, but there were so many things that spurred me to go into the business and one of them is the need to be independent and also to lessen my mother’s burden of catering for me.
I have always wanted a life in which I would be able to cater for myself, provide my basic needs and relieve my mum of some responsibilities.
The aim and vision of my business have grown wider over the years.
I want my service to be widely known and accepted.
I want to be known for doing perfect job and satisfying my customers to the fullest of my ability.
This is because by so doing I will have some referrals and the survival of my business depends solely on this.
My training was hard and discouraging, but it worthwhile. I was trained by my mother and also by a professional.
My business is solving women’s problem; specifically making ladies and girls look beautiful.
My business has also helped improve ladies’ appearances because we all know that the way you dress (in which hair is part of) is the way you’ll be addressed.
I must add that as a teenager, it’s not easy combining schooling with business, but because of the passion I have for both, success in them has become my driving force.
I currently see myself as a company offering quality services to its target customers.
The target audience for my business is the global market. With the help of God, I am making money from my business.
I get customers from the campus near our home.
My customers are mostly students, which makes my brand stand out even though I treat customers very well.
Even when they are not making their hair, I call them and ask for their wellbeing, and apart from that, my creativity in terms of forming new styles stand me out in the business.
Each time I see good works from other people, I feel motivated to work harder, making sure I do not lag behind, so that, I can fit into the business world.
I make use of big/tail/cutting combs, scissors, knitting pin, needle and pin for now.
I remember when I started, especially at the time I was not really good, people laughed and insulted me.
Although, pressure from studies often weigh me down, I still try to balance things.
I have to keep going because I have learnt that tough times don’t last, but tough people do.
Truly, I have begun to reap the reward.
In the next five years, I see myself owning a beauty school and a salon, which seeks satisfaction of customers, give them value for their money.
I also want my outfit to employ young people, empower them beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Apart from hairdressing, I am also skilled at advising people, helping them discover their talents.
My word to other kids out there with potentials like me is that they should go for what they love and have passion for.
They should not allow circumstances to be the limiting factor of their dream.
It’s in them, and they can do it. Don’t forget to make yourself a priority because at the end of the day you are your longest commitment.
Love you guys and see you at the top @Queens World Beauty Salon.