My Journey

This is my journey of becoming a hairstylist, this is my story…


My first blog post for January 2015!

This is my second blog post & I decided to share my story of my journey to becoming a hairstylist. I’ve always wanted to write about my journey but never had the motivation to do so but all that changed when I wrote my first blog post. It was not until I had someone actually genuinely interested in my life & asked me to write my journey that I finally decided to.

I’ve always had an interest for the beauty industry ever since I could remember. It all started when I was in high-school, I knew university or college wasn’t for me so I decided to take a year off. I worked in a salon & saved up enough to enroll myself into a hairstyling school. I was 19 at the time when I started. I graduated from The Aveda Institute program within 10 months.

After graduating from the Aveda Institute of Toronto I wanted to further my education to get ahead so I decided to enroll myself back into the advanced program. I wanted to advance in my career & gain the skills to take me to the next level. Shortly after, I ended up dropping out of the advance course. (I explain it in my last video from New Orleans) The educators there told me that maybe I wasn’t cut out for this industry. I remember feeling devastated & discouraged. I ended up leaving the program. From there on I was always in & out of salons. Same thing, they always told me that I needed to work in a salon & that I wouldn’t make it on my own as a stylist. I always ended up leaving because I never felt like I truly belonged in any salon, my heart was never in it.

My whole life, I remember always putting so much pressure on myself to do well. Not because my parents told me too but because I felt like I had something to prove. Maybe it was to prove to myself that I could do it. That I could become this successful & determined person if I wanted to be. That motivation took me to work for myself & start my own business at the age of 20. I started working from home as a freelance hairstylist. I was motivated to start my own business & work for myself part-time. Over the years, I gained the clientele I had always wanted & the confidence to continue to work for myself.

I started by working part-time as I was building my clientele still. 5 years later, I now work full-time for myself as a freelance hairstylist. I have my own clientele which continues to grow & I’m absolutely amazed with where I am now. I never would have thought I would be able to work for myself. Working for myself & my clients, that’s where my heart & passion is. They are the reason I love what I do. Not only do I feel like my clients give me purpose but they give me meaning. They inspire me & make me feel empowered.

I remember at a young age, I told my dad that I wanted to be a hairstylist but he said “No, you don’t make that much being a hairstylist.” After hearing that I was discouraged but I didn’t listen. I did it anyways, if someone you love says you can’t or you shouldn’t do something, don’t listen. Follow your dreams & follow your heart. If you feel like you want to do something, then you should do it. Go for it, you never know until you try & I’m happy I did. I found my love & passion for this industry. Never give up your dreams, never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Use that as your motivation to prove to yourself that you can. I’m fortunate because I found what I love to do & I’m able to make a career out of it. This journey wasn’t easy for me but it’s been worth it. After school educators & mentors telling me I couldn’t do it, that was my opportunity to not only prove to them but prove to myself that I could do it.

I continue to be inspired everyday by other hairstylists & colorists work now on social media. Social media has open doors for me & opportunities of networking with other hairstylists out there like me. Thank you to all my followers who have been there with me on my journey to becoming a hairstylist & successful entrepreneur. I’m working hard everyday to achieve my goals & I couldn’t have done it without all of you & all of your support. Lots of love – Lisa

You can find me on social media on Instagram @hairbylisadinh #hairbylisadinh or my personal account @lisathidinh & on Twitter @lisathidinh 

New account: @lisadinhhairstudio


Behindthechair – New Orleans ’14

After coming back from New Orleans from Behindthechair Color, Cut & Style – I feel more determined now than ever to exceed even my highest expectations of myself. I use to feel pressured but now I feel like “Bring it on!”


I finally got to meet my hair idol of course! Guy Tang, who has been such a big influence on my career & someone I look up to as a mentor. The story behind all of this is, I started following Guy Tang on Instagram. I was so amazed by his work that I got inspired to do more color on my clients. I never really considered myself as a colorist because I use to only do mostly haircuts but after watching his videos & seeing all of his work I started to really love color & it’s all because I was so inspired. Guy Tang followed me back on Instagram & I remember freaking out because I was so excited. He messaged me that he would be in New Orleans for the Behindthechair – Color, Cut & Style show & to come. I decided to fly out to meet the person who inspired me in my career. He told me he believed in my work & he believed in me.  I got Guy Tang approved & the rest is history. He gave me the confidence I needed in myself to take my career to another level. Now I continue to reach my goals & make my dreams happen.

So here it is! My video blogs & updates from my New Orleans trip back in September 2014.

“Greatness is not reserved for the chosen few, it’s reserved for those who choose it.”