Cynthia Meadows is a 28-year-old female boss residing in Jacksonville, Florida. The Buffalo, New York native and mother of one, is the owner of A’Bliss Studios and as and when she isn’t styling hair or preparing for her next hair battle, she enjoys traveling, reading and meeting new people.
Check out our interview with Cynthia below.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Tell us what led to your career in hairstyling.
Cynthia Meadows: I started off as a braider at the age of 14, then transitioned into a salon at the age of 15. I was always inspired by the people who were around me in the industry. I became licensed in 2005 after I graduated from beauty school. My experience as a braider jumpstarted my career as a hairstylist.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Did you always want to be an entrepreneur?
CM: Yes, I have always wanted to become an entrepreneur to be able to do things according to the vision of excellence and professionalism that I know it should be.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Tell us a little about your business.
CM: A’Bliss Studios is a new, modern upscale salon in the Jacksonville, Florida area. We embrace and supply “the cut above” techniques of the beauty and styling industry. A’Bliss is a place where you come to receive the latest styles in hair color, cuts, and styles in an upscale environment.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: So far, what has been the biggest or most impactful business lesson that you’ve learned?
CM: I’ve learned that high levels of work, great work ethics, and dedication do pay off. No one gave me advice about being a business owner. One thing I have learned is that overnight success without hard work and dedication is not possible. You have to go hard every day to achieve success.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Let’s say someone reads this and is inspired to be a stylist. What advice would you give them?
CM: I would definitely say go to school, complete your education and take advanced classes. Be creative and break out of the box. Be daring, be you.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What was your Bronner Brother’s experience like?
CM: It was an honor, and a new and exciting experience. Battling amongst some of the greatest styling artists in the industry like Terrence Davidson and other pioneers was amazing! It’s fulfilling to have been allowed to participate in such a groundbreaking event to showcase my hair artistry.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you have any upcoming projects or events that I can share with my readers?
CM: Currently I’m working on another hair battle that will take place around Christmas. There are more opportunities coming up to expand the notoriety of A’Bliss Studios which I will announce soon. I am always seeking to raise the bar of styling expectations.