Theresa Casanares is a Senior Stylist at Highland Salon in Katy, Texas. She is recently remarried, but worked in the cosmetology business for nearly 8 years as a single parent. She is a mom of three – Brianna (24), DJ (22) and Sydney Gold (16).
How long have you been in the cosmetology business?
I have been in cosmetology sing 2004, just under 10 years.
Where did you go to cosmetology school?
Houston Community College in Katy, Texas
Do you have any specialty areas, services or skills?
I do cut, color, extensions, airbrush make up, temporary tattoos. I also have a Teacher/Instructor Certification.
What inspired you to go into beauty/cosmetology?
I always loved doing hair and make and had a fever for fashion. I modeled when I was younger. However, I was most interested in production and behind-the-scenes.
What’s it like being a single parent while working in the beauty business?
I just recently married a few months ago. However, I was a single parent when I started in this business. Cosmetology gave me flexibility with my hours. However, I struggled with taxes and record keeping. I also found it hard to keep money around, especially when clients paid in cash. What I liked about it was the ability to change my schedule to meet my kids’ school needs. If they had a doctor’s appointment or days off I could rearrange my schedule to fit their needs.
How to you balance your job responsibilities with all the duties that come with parenting?
If I had enough notice I was always able to arrange my schedule around my kids’ schedule.
Do you feel that your job in the cosmetology business allows you to meet your needs as a parent?
What do your kids think about you being in the cosmetology business?
They seem to respect the fact that I am in business for myself. I feel it has helped them to feel confident in being entrepreneurial and having their own businesses.