DALLAS — Aidah Sama is pretty easy on the eyes.
However, she’d be the first to tell you that she wants to be more than just a pretty face.
1996 graduate of Denver, Colorado’s East High School, Sama recalls like yesterday how an expected termination from her job essentially changed the overall landscape of her young life.
“Right after high school, I was fired from my job at a call center simply because I was on track to being promoted,” Sama told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview on Friday. “Those types of jobs do mass firings or layoffs to prevent themselves from paying more when they can simply hire new people at starting salaries and keep their profit margins higher.”
Fortunately for Sama, a native of Denver who currently resides in the Houston, Texas area, her untimely firing essentially served as a blessing in disguise, thus greatly fueled her desire to mightily embark upon a career for which God has rightly purposed her.
Today, unlike never before, she’s undoubtedly basking in the glory of a notable cosmetologist career that, to her credit, has greatly given her an entirely different disposition on life.
Moreover, as Sama tells it, such a spirited turn of events surfaced courtesy of what turned out to be a memorable bus ride.
“I hated the feeling of someone being able to hold
your lively hood in their hands,” said Sama, alluding to her unannounced firing from a job that offered virtually little opportunities for growth. “So on the way home, I decided I wanted to do something I loved that would provide for me and family and I would have full control and that no one would fire me again. So I hopped on the bus and went to cosmetology school.”
Years removed from a firing that essentially has benefited her mightily, Sama was destined to climb the career ladder in her selected field of interest.
Boy, did she ever.
So much so that today, Sama, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist in the Woodlands, Texas, which is a few miles north of the city of Houston.
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An up-and-coming business in which her solid is clientele has undergone favorable changes in recent years, Sama attributes much of her career success to the fact that she’s had the luxury of residing in several major cities over the past decades, a trend that greatly allowed her to become knowledgeable of the pros and cons as a salon owner.
Given the immense success she’s enjoyed in recent years, it’s safe to assume that past call center firing isn’t just a distant memory but, most importantly, it proved to be just the setback Sama needed to encounter that jumpstarted her miraculously comeback.
“I love the fact that this business is constantly changing,” Sama said. “Nothing stays the same. Every five years or so, I have reinvented myself. I have had the opportunity to live in four cities over the last 10 years being able to adapt to my surroundings and build my clientele over and
over helped me truly understand the blessing is with me and in my hands.
“I have learned it’s not about being considered high end simply because you work in one of those expensive salons,” Sama continued. “It’s about how much you value what you offer and building your brand as such. I started out doing hair at $18 for a shampoo and blow dry. After one year, I doubled my prices. I was worth more and my work spoke for itself.”
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More than anything, Sama is highly appreciative of her grandmother, a longtime professional salon owner who was arguably her biggest mentor.
Sama’s grandmother opened her first salon months after Sama was born. Upon graduating from cosmetology school, Sama assumed a position at her establishment, where she was afforded a front row seat, or sorts, as it pertains to learning to operate and manage a salon.
Thank God for grandma.
“Momma, as I love to call her, doesn’t play,” Sama said. “She ran a very tight ship, where professionalism is a non-negotiable. She groomed me into the business person I am today. I get my no-nonsense attitude and business savvyness from her. She will lovingly
tell you, ‘You shouldn’t have named her after me if you didn’t want her to act like me.’ In this business you have to have tough skin and keep the overall goal in perspective at all
As owner of a rising business that is starting to become a fixture in the Houston metropolitan area, Sama specializes in an assortment of special occasions, most notably weddings, proms, homecoming courts, even Black Tie Galas as well as a variety of hair colorings.
By and large, it is because her family boasts a stellar list of professional cosmetologists that God had divinely purposed Sama to fulfill and live out her dream.
Ahhhhh…just as she had envisioned in the aftermath of that abrupt call center firing.
“Cosmetology and entrepreneurship have been in my family for generations,” Sama said. “My grandmother open her first salon the year I was born. I have just continued to hold the mantle passed on to me. I have over the course of my career gone into other salons to work since moving around while married was required, but I always ended up right back in an ownership leadership role. I am a natural leader.”
Which, to her credit, isn’t bad after all, especially for someone who’s pretty easy on the eyes.
For more information about Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist, call (281) 419-7262.
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