After talking with a few people and using her whole life savings, Natasha Watterson opened up the doors to Vanity Hair Studio-NYC one year ago. Located in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, the appointment only private boothed salon celebrated its anniversary at a Bedford Stuyvesant local new addition - Simplicity Wine Bar. With family, friends and clients present, Natasha reminisced on many hardships and accomplishments she experienced that led her to obtaining her current success.
“I hated to go to work every single day,” Natasha said truthfully commenting on her employment within a non-profit. “I realized I was not enjoying my life.”
Equipped with a cosmetology license she had obtained from Hair Design Institute at Fifth Avenue-Brooklyn and simultaneously while completing her master’s at Metropolitan College of New York, Natasha took the biggest step that would change her life and create the happiness she longed for.
Creating her plan and backing it with due diligence in research, Natasha entered into the niche of discretionary grooming. Taking advantage of the many national and local small business programs available, she set herself up for success. She received a $1000 scholarship in the Count Me In 2013 Urban Rebound Annual Pitch Competition, and received 9 months of business coaching sponsored by People Biz Inc.
It’s not all curls for pay. Natasha works with the Junior League of Brooklyn Annual Belle of the Ball- an annual dress drive and scholarship program that provides formal a day of beauty for teens including hair styling services. She also has a partnership with Bottomless Closet New York offering free styling services for women preparing for job interviews.
Hard work does pay off and recognized for her stewardship, in 2013 Natasha was identified by her business district as an Elder Friendly Business by Council member Robert Cornegy.
With Brooklyn having a large senior community, Vanity offers seniors 75% off of all services every Monday.
Included in the long list of specialized one-of-a-kind services, Natasha is a licensed Sisterlocks practitioner. Sisterlocks are permanent uniformed tiny twists of hair where a special tool is used to interlock the twist.
Natasha is continuing her entrepreneurial endeavors with creating her own hair care line- Jade London. With retail locations committed to carrying her new products and other business ventures slated in the very near future, Natasha is one Brooklyn business woman willing to follow her dreams and prove tangible possibilities.
Learn more about services offered at Vanity Hair Studio NYC online at www.vanityhairstudionyc.com
Vanity Hair Studio NYC is located at 325 Nostrand Ave | Bklyn, NYC 11216 718.218.5691.