What inspired your pursuits in this industry?
I grew up doing hair, from playing with dolls to experimenting on my friends and family. My mother encouraged me get my license while attending high school. I attended college and grad school thinking I wanted to be in Cooperate America, but continued to do hair until one day it hit me! I was born with this gift to touch people with my hands, and educate them about their hair, so I created my own lane. So basically my mom inspired my pursuit in this industry. She always supported whatever I did but encouraged me to use my gift in hair and beauty to touch lives.
What has been your biggest professional challenge, and how did you conquer it?
The biggest challenge is separating my career behind the chair as a hairstylist to an educator and business owner. I'm still working on it but I'm tackling it head on by limiting my amount of clients I take and letting people know that I have a busy schedule but if they are willing to work with me I will fit them in. It seems to be working well at the moment but you know it is always one or two that think the world revolves around them. Just the nature of this business.
What is next for you in 2017?
Many new Projects like taking "The Natural You" class on the road, working with the Texas Black Women's Expo in Houston, TX, coordinating the "Little Miss Happy Head Pageant", and writing a book, just to name a few.
How can readers find you online?
Instagram @ms_stori @theiamqueenhair
Facebook Astoria Stubbs / TheIam Queen
YouTube TheIam Queen /
SnapChat @ ms.astoriad
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