Whether posting a perfect hair selfie or sharing picturesque travel exploits, Shassity Stevenson gives us major luxe goals. Yet the down to earth demeanor and calm tone of this beauty expert makes it easy to see how she quickly rose in the ranks as the in-demand stylist she is today.
“God laughs when you tell him what you have planned,” Shassity began, as she shared how she went from pre-med student to celebrity stylist, a plan she never envisioned for herself throughout college.
“I always loved hair, but you couldn’t have paid me to believe it was something I would do as a profession. I was very focused on my track as a doctor,” she explains. Yet, upon early graduation for LSU, Shassity found herself drawn to a building she frequently passed on her way to work. This building? The Aveda Institute.
On a whim, Shassity decided to visit. She thought to herself that learning more about hair would give her a hobby as she waited to hear back on acceptance to various medical schools. But after her visit, Shassity immediately knew that med school wasn’t going to happen.
Instead, she chose to do hair – something she was excited to get up and do every day.
Having a great support system made the transition from pre-med student to beauty school student seamless. Her built-in client base of sorority sisters cleared the path for Shassity to showcase her work and make a name for herself in the college town of Baton Rouge. Before she knew it, word of mouth was spreading, and women from other sororities were also sitting in her chair for upcoming events and socials.
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Over time, her skills + customer service paid off in a major way by landing her a gig in the wedding of NBA basketball player, Chris Duhon. As regular clients, the groom’s Aunt and Niece referred Shassity as a perfect fit.
After the wedding, her work landed in the pages of Celebrity Bride Guide, making room for more opportunities to work with stars.
Since that time, Shassity has been a featured stylist in multiple publications including Southern Weddings and Today’s Charlotte Woman. From red carpet affairs to tv show credits, she’s made her mark as a trusted expert in the hair industry.
These days, Shassity is applying the knowledge she learned in her biology classes to crafting her skills as a stylist. She shares beauty tips and trends on her blog, Shassity.com and on insta @shassitystyles.
Although she enjoys using her artistic genius to whip up styles for celebs, she equally appreciates the continual business of the everyday women who grace the seat of her Charlotte salon.
Shassity Stevenson proves that the path to success is not linear. Instead, it has major plot twists that often set us up to eventually live our best lives.
Advice on following dreams? Money is great and I don’t know anybody that could sustain without it. But, I think too, a lot of people have lots of it but they aren’t necessary happy. Figure out what’s gonna make you happy. I think you have to find a good balance of being able to provide for yourself and your family plus being passionate about whatever it is that you want. Money and success – all of that will follow.
Advice about the perception of others who are skeptical of your career choices? Are those opinions paying your bills? There are so many people who have degrees but aren’t working in the area that they have the degrees in. Or they are in tons of debt. Having a degree or working a corporate job doesn’t ensure a particular quality of life.
Advice to women looking for a quality stylist?Do your research. Ask around. See if the stylist has pictures. If you’re willing to give out money, I don’t know anyone who is going to turn it down. Take responsibility, epecially for something as important as your hair.
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