AMPS: Nice. How long have you been in business now?
Veta: I’ve been in business since I was 18. I’m 52. I’ve been doing hair going on, this is my 34th year.
AMPS: How long have you had the shop?
Veta: I’ve had the business since 1984 because I started out in 1980 and then I opened up my own business in ‘84 in my home. And then after the home I got cancer and I was pregnant with Tyler. I went to god to just bless me in a special way and that’s when one of the stylists came and asked if she could kind of work with me in my shop in my house, and I was okay I can’t have her work in the house, but maybe I could open up a salon. And at the time we didn’t have a nice black salon nowhere and I just wanted to make all people feel welcome. All races, and I think they do.
AMPS: The building looks nice. It’s always nice. Your husband keeping outside looking great.
Veta: Thank you, thank you and we keep the costs down you know every week I come and disinfect and clean and we just outside that helps keep a lot of expense down it really does. And I don’t mind it. I don’t mind it because that helps me too if something breaks down that I can be alert and be right on it and then we can fix it forth and I don’t know what god has in store but I’m just tickled, I’m just tickled. I’m just trying to be a good servant and steward at what he’s blessed me doing. You know, it might say Veta’s Hair Odyssey & Nails, but I know that god is the CEO and I’m just the manager. So at the end of the day he does deal with me if I mistreat anybody so it’s really his business. It really is I’m just manager. So therefore I have to treat people right and it’s okay.
AMPS: What was the hardest thing that you can remember when you first started out? I know it’s been a while.
Veta: I don’t look at it as a job. I really enjoy it so I just enjoy my profession so I really don’t look at it as a job. And just be mindful, sit down and think about what you want to do before you really start to pursue it. Count the cost because it’s going to cost you money, it’s going to cost you time. It might cost you friendships because there’s a lot of people not going to be going the way you’re going. And get around positive people, get around people that’s trying to go places like you’re trying to go.
AMPS: Is there any advice of what type of school to go to as far as cosmetology?
Yes, I would do my research the areas that they’re wanting to specialize in. For me being in the profession as long as I have been, I’m ready to go back and fix what you call them re-education classes and stuff. So therefore I want to fine tune like my clippers and razors and color so that’s why I’m going to target those areas. So I would really tell them to really find out what areas that you want to achieve in the cosmetology area. There’s so many facets you can be. You don’t have to be just a stylist or a barber. So when they really do their homework they can see that there’s a lot of different branches that they can go into. Do your homework is the main thing. Time is money and money is time. The more somebody tells you what you can’t do, do them wrong because that’s what my guidance counsel tells me, she says there’s no money in hair.