There was just one thing though. Brandi has always liked styling hair. She finally decided to fulfill that dream, so she enrolled at Ayers Community College where she received her degree in cosmetology.
For the past 13 years, she’s been cutting, coloring and styling hair.
Last month she opened her shop, Salon Diva, at 385 Greenleaf St. The salon’s hours are noon-4 on Mondays, 9-7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-5 on Wednesdays and Fridays and 9-3 on Saturdays. Special appointments are made available upon request, and walk-ins are welcome
She chose those she felt were the most competent to work with her. They are Amanda Payne, Holly Johnson, apprentice Amber Perkey, nail tech Diana Lewis and skin care specialist Hilary Carden. Massage therapist Kacey Vinson will begin working in April.
“I do hair because I love it, but I thought it was important to have a college degree in case I ever wanted to do anything different,” said Brandi. “I think counseling goes hand in hand both in teaching school and styling hair. Everybody talks to their stylist.”
Brandi and her husband, Brandon, have twin boys, Brayden and Bradley, 6. Brandon works at AT&T in Birmingham.
She likes to spend time with her boys and especially likes taking photographs of them. Photography also allows her to document her work, which includes cutting, styling and coloring hair.
She’s a hair color specialist with TIGI. She travels to teach other stylists how to be better colorists and how to use that brand.
Brandi‘s never looked back on changing careers. Being a hair stylist gives her more time with her sons, and she especially likes being able to set her own schedule.
She has another reason for going into cosmetology.
“Doing hair has allowed me to show my creative side.”