East/West: Rocsandra Seigle & Maisha Johnson
Rocsandra Seigle in New York City's Harlem and Maisha Johnson in Inglewood, California enrolled in beauty school right out of high school. They keep busy at ultra-urban salons making clients feel good about themselves.
Turning Heads Salon and Day Spa
Why I became a hairdresser: I grew up watching my sister make people beautiful and I just wanted to be a part of that.
Where I like to shop: Arden B., Nordstrom, Steven
Best hair show I ever attended and why: Hair Wars! It's very entertaining to see how fun, creative and competitive this business can be.
My greatest challenge as a hairdresser: Being patient with clients who don't want to listen to what's best for their hair.
My favorite celebrity hair: Rihanna
My biggest tip and what I did to get it: $100. I always squeeze her in and make her fabulous.
Favorite day as a hairdresser: A day filled with my fave clients.
Favorite hair to work on: Healthy hair is the best hair!
Favorite product and/or tool: My GHD Flat Irons, that's my life!
Who I would like to have in my chair: Amy Winehouse. Her hair is a mess!
What I would like to be doing in 10 years: Working behind the scenes in fashion shows and working with celebrities.
My motto: Always think positive. If you believe it you can achieve it.
My mentor: I have lots of people in my life who believe in me and my talent and they are always pushing me to follow my dreams.
Melvina's Golden Touch Salon
Why I became a hairdresser: My grandmother motivated me to go to beauty school. She saw a gift in me.
Where I like to shop: Nordstrom, Saks, Macy's
Best hairshow I ever attended and why: The Bonner Brothers Hair Show in Atlanta because it covered all areas of hair and fashion and showed unique styles that you don't see at a basic show.
My greatest challenge as a hairdresser: Correcting a messed up hair cut.
My biggest tip and what I did to get it: $50 because I fit someone in.
Favorite day as a hairdresser: The day I made $1,500. I did about 16 clients that day.
Favorite hair to work on: Full, coarse hair because it holds the style really well.
Favorite product and/or tool: My favorite products are Affirm Relaxing System by Avalon and Stay Holding Spray by Straight Request. My favorite tool is Milstan
Multi-T Thermal Iron.
Who I would like to have in my chair: Fantasia. I feel that her hair has a lot of potential.
What I would like to be doing in 10 years: Owning my own salon and teaching at a beauty college.
My motto: Always make your clients feel good about themselves.
My mentors: Stephanie Mack and Melvina, the owner of the salon where I have worked for the last 11 years. When I was having a hard time and wanted to stop doing hair they talked me into sticking to it.