Meet Samantha Harman, some of you may know her from Instagram as SamanthasBeautyConfessions.
We had the wonderful experience of chatting with Samantha to get to know her better and learn some of her hair pro secrets.
What sparked your passion for hair?
Like many artists in this industry, I grew up in the salon. My mom, who was also a hairstylist, has been a huge influence on my passion for hair. She owned her own salon for many years and now owns two cosmetology schools that I teach at when I am not working behind the chair. I love getting the opportunity to work with the future of this industry. Watching the students grow and inspiring them in any way I can is truly the best feeling!
If you could shadow any stylist for a day, who would you choose and why?
Last summer, I won a giveaway to visit the dpHUE house in Los Angeles and get my hair colored by Justin Anderson who specializes in blonding and has colored celebrities hair such as Gwenyth Paltrow, Elizabeth Olson and Margot Robbie . While I was there, I also got the opportunity to shadow him for a day. Justin is someone that I have always admired and getting the chance to shadow him for a day was such an amazing experience.
What's your favorite Fanola product and why?
A must have product from the Nutri Care line, the Nutri Care Restructuring Mask. It helps nourish your hair, it makes it super soft and healthy looking and helps with detangling!
I also love, No Yellow Vegan shampoo and mask. They both smell amazing, they’re super gentle on the hair and they work! The Nutricare line is another necessity, especially for blondes. I always recommend diluting the No Yellow shampoo with the Nutricare shampoo, especially starting out, to avoid turning the blonde purple!
What are some challenges you have faced in this industry and how did you overcome them?
Realizing that I cannot do it all on my own. This is something that I have to remind myself almost every day. I decided to hire an assistant almost a year ago and she has helped me so much. I don't know how I ever survived without her!
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out from cosmetology school?
I always suggest finding a salon that is going to pay you hourly. Starting out is tough and having a consistent paycheck is going to take away a ton of stress while you are building your clientele.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years in this industry, what are your goals?
My goal is to become more of a traveling artist and educator. Education is something I am extremely passionate about. I love sharing what I have learned and helping others to fulfill their dreams. Getting to do what I love while traveling and meeting other stylists would be an absolute dream.