The Fashion industry is growing very lucratively these days. All the sections have become very competitive. Today we have Alabi Omolayoeni the creative director of Mollyshairven. Enjoy.
PRESH: Good day ma’am, let’s meet you please
MOLLY: Good day everyone! My name is Alabi omolayoeni aka; Molly, I am a food scientist,the creative director of @Mollyshairven, I also do event hosting and sell thrift clothes as a side hustle.
PRESH: Great one Molly, what state are you from?
MOLLY: I’m from Oyo state, Ibadan to be precise
PRESH: Did you grow up there?
MOLLY: Yes, I was born and bred in Ibadan
PRESH: I’ve heard a lot about the fun in the large city, tell us about your experiences growing up
MOLLY: Well, growing up in Ibadan is really an interesting thing. For me, I grew up in one of the local “razz” places in Ibadan. While growing up, my street was always fun at night; different music from different angles, different people walking at night, different “omo ita” noises, and while I was growing up, my older siblings were all in boarding house and I was left with my younger brother, my mum was working in Oyo as at that time and my dad was at the other house at times so I had the whole house to myself so I could do and undo in the house lol😂
PRESH: Ah, do and undo, sounds interesting. Considering you didn’t have your parents around all the time, how did you cope?
MOLLY: Well, I don’t even know how I coped with my brother. The one I can remember was when I was in js1 and my brother was in primary school or is it nursery school. We were always at our house during the day and at night, we sleep at out tenants place because we couldn’t handle sleeping alone then. It was a daily routine, we wake up at 5/5:30, by 7 we will be ready so I’ll take my brother to where we buy puff puff everyday then take him to his school first while I trek back to my own school. Then in the afternoon, it’s either the school bus brings my brother or my dad goes to pick him while I find my way home then we get home and eat then start playing with biscuits 😂😂😂we made different biscuit cakes, Chin chin, scrambled eggs fried with palm oil and the one I can’t forget is the fried garri where we put seasoning in garri and a pinch of salt then fry it in palm oil then eat it😂😂😂. My growing up made me very very sharp and I could handle a lot of situations myself but I don’t advice it nowadays because of the kind of world we live in now!
PRESH: Hmm interesting but deep. So you’ve sort of made your way as one of the best Hairstylists in town. How did it all begin?
MOLLY: Hmm The story of my hairstyling career started way back. I went to a girls only high school where we helped ourselves to plait hair so it started from that time but after school, I learnt the basics of hair dressing in 2011 but bridal hairstyling started last year around February or march but it started fully in October after I went for an upgrade class from the best in Ibadan
PRESH: Tell us about your training as a stylist
MOLLY: Well, the training days weren’t bad. When I first started the training in February or so, it looked really difficult 😢😢..I remember my first photoshoot 😂😂 oh God, I was sweating profusely and wasn’t sure if I could achieve what I wanted to do but then, it came out nice. After some time, my first boss relocated so I practiced once in a while but I knew I wanted more, I wanted to be better at it and more experienced so I came across my new boss and the vibe came in a different and highly motivated one. The training days wasn’t really a hard one for me probably because I already had an overview of it, I took a lot of YouTube online DIYs so during training, it became more practical and live
PRESH: Cool, About a year since you launched Mollyshairven, how well would you say you’ve grown?
MOLLY: God had been so good to me. anytime I check how better I have become, I thank God. Although I’m not where I want to be yet but, I’m not where I used to be last year
PRESH: You’ve had a very good breakthrough opening year, however, have you had challenges?
MOLLY: Yes I’ve had quite a number of challenges, one of which is the underpricing of some clients, another one is convincing a client to change style, procrastination and a few others
PRESH: How then have you been able to handle all these and still be one of the bests at what you do?
MOLLY: A Yoruba adage says “omo odo na ma n fogbon se ni odo oga e” I just handle my clients in such a way that they won’t have a choice but to book me. I keep a very good relationship with them even asides from just styling hair for them. I check on them, talk to them like my sister and we rapport on a cool level so even when they have the mind of underpricing me, they end up changing their mind and they end up listening to my advice about their desired style. But for a client that still stands on paying a very low price, I either send my student to go and style for them or if the price is too low, I just wish them a happy married life and tell them I won’t be able to take the amount from them
PRESH: Oh so you have students now?
MOLLY: Yes. I have two ATM but I had to refer a few to some of my colleagues in Ibadan because I wasn’t in Ibadan as at when they wanted to start training
PRESH: Oh nice. Where next for Mollyshairven? Anything being planned in terms of progress?
MOLLY: The next thing planned for Mollyshairven is to have a studio for the herself, get better by the day and she will delve into everything beauty as time goes on by owing a beauty place where everything about the body from the hair to the feet will be taken care of but it’s all on God to help me succeed in my plans
PRESH: Great plans, we hope the best for you
MOLLY: Amen. Thank you very much
PRESH: So who’s your favorite stylist apart from you of course
MOLLY: Hairbydayjee, Hairbysleame, floreshair
PRESH: Ah more than one, what makes these ones special?
MOLLY: Floreshair was my first boss before I learnt from Hairbydayjee and Hairbysleame happens to be Hairbydayjee’s boss. They aren’t my favorite because they are my bosses only but because I love their work so much 😍😍😍 they’re always simple and classy, always very very neat and always very stylish and creative. And their works motivate me to be better at my skill because I’m always like “if their work can be this perfect then I can become better at mine”
PRESH: Nice motivation, if you weren’t a hairstylist, what would you have been into?
MOLLY: A bead maker and a fashion designer
PRESH: Why those?
MOLLY: I have a talent in making beads. I remember when my sister got married in 2014, I made her engagement beads even without learning it, I could pull it through, but for some reasons I didn’t develop it. Then fashion designer, especially the tailoring aspect. I just like it naturally 😍 and I will develop it later in the future if time permits me
PRESH: Ah, nice, let’s talk about your side hustle, hosting, what do you do in that regard?
MOLLY: I work as an Event hostess or should I say event usher (in lame man’s language). We make guests comfortable at events by attending to their needs and helping them out with anything that pertains the event
PRESH: Selling thrift clothes means you get delivery of bales?
MOLLY: Yes. When I started thrift clothes, I didn’t buy in bale but at some time I bought in bales but it’s in hold for now until I get a shop for it
PRESH: Interesting, what’s your advice for people thinking they want to venture into hairstyling?
MOLLY: Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom; Hairstyling is an Art for a creative person. Anyone that wishes to venture into IT should have a large open heart to creativity. It comes gradually and naturally and as a starter, there’s no big deal copying another person but just make sure they copy the right thing so they don’t get misled and even while copying, they should recreate and they shouldn’t think they will get better in just a day. Its an art and it takes constant practice and self determination. Behind a successful Brand, there’s a lot of unsuccessful years and Rome wasn’t built in a day so they should keep it up and they will get to where they want to be
PRESH: Very inspiring words. Thank you Molly for your time, We hope your dreams come true
MOLLY: Amen. Thank you so much for having me here
PRESH: We hope you’ll respond to us when we call you again in future.
MOLLY: Definitely I will 😊😊
PRESH: Peace ✌
Knowledge is readily available, try and seek knowledge in whatever you want to do and you’ll be doing yourself a lot of good. Ire oo 🍻