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Get In BossMode with Candice Motley owner of Garnish Hair Studio




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I have been doing hair for 18 years, focusing on extensions and transformations for the last 12.

It not only has been one of my greatest passions, but I feel super fortunate to say that I now know that I am walking with my purpose. I am continuously striving to grow inside of my niche to excel to greatness.
I have the best job in the world… I get to call transforming women’s lives through the art of hair my job. I focus on the feels and also the and result of the person’s appointment. I not only want them to walk away looking amazing but to have had the best experience with their service. Garnish, my studio, tries to touch all five senses whenever a new guest comes in and goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional service.

That creative spark came...

I got the creative spark when I was in high school, and I knew I wanted to do something in the beauty industry. It just set my soul on fire, and I could not get it out of my mind. As all of my colleagues and classmates were trying to get into different colleges, I was looking up cosmetology schools. I branched out on my own after working in a commission based hair salon for almost ten years. That was eight years ago now, and my salon just celebrated its four year anniversary.

Tips to get you into bossmode

One of the most impactful recommendations I can give you is to hire an industry-specific coach to help you with the different aspects of your business. Every single opportunity I’ve had to dive into coaching has been one that I have excepted with open arms. There is always a level of financial accountability, and inside of that self-investment, but With the skill sets that I’ve been able to develop while working with a mentor, I was able to push myself to do things I would’ve been too fearful of to do on my own. Sometimes you don’t know better to do better until someone shows you the way.

Also, tracking and monitoring all of the numbers for a creative like myself has always been challenging. So I have found people in other industries that are just as passionate about what they do and invited them into my business in the form of delegation. It has been a real lifesaver and frees up my time and mine to work on the thing that I love the most which are the actual art.


I am just at the brink of re-branding my business into an exclusive extension based salon. That meant that many things had to shift and we ultimately had to say goodbye to a significant portion of the old model, as we were preparing for the launch of the new.Many things had to shift, and we ultimately had to say goodbye to a significant portion of the old model, as we were preparing for the launch of the new. It was a very bittersweet moment and was very challenging for a lot of different reasons. Whenever you are changing something That affects people, you’re going to get a slew of emotions. I tried to keep my vision clear and know that I am working in my passion, and ultimately for filling my purpose here on this earth to be able to offer the type of services that we do to the guests that need our help. That right there keeps me going when things got challenging.

How I get into BossMode?

I try to stay within my routine, and as soon as I get up I journal, look over my day, Work out, and sometimes I could even squeeze in a quick meditation.

Let's get real...

First...I will take this opportunity to boast about my two children… Kingston, who is four years old, and Houston, who is right on his heels, my three-nager.

Second...I opened up my business while I was pregnant with my son, and didn’t know back then exactly what I was diving into. There are many pros to doing everything at once, but I almost had a meltdown at least 2 to 3 times a week during the process of establishing my business. It puts a different value on your time and how much you have of it. Alternatively, my case how little. I love what my children have brought into my life and the way that they have opened up my eyes to see things from a new perspective.