We had the good fortune of connecting with Lysiane Henderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lysiane, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but our selves can free our mind” bob marley I love this quote and have since I first heard the song. It’s a quote that no matter who you are and what you’re doing is true. I am an over thinker and I get in my own way more than I’d like to admit. This quote reminds me that I always have choices. Choices in my perspective, choices in my responses, choices in my focus, choices in my emotions, choices in everything. It’s always up to me! 

What should our readers know about your business?
I am a booth renter stylist at the Oxford Club downtown Denver. I offer most hair services but my main passion is curly hair; from wavy to coily, I love texture! I have been in the beauty industry since 2012, starting my training at the Aveda institute. I completed the apprenticeship program at Matthew Morris and went on to start building my clientele at their Rino location. In 2017, I opened a studio in cherry creek with one of my best friends/colleagues. We kept the studio for about 3 years, until she moved away to California. At that point, I wanted to be part of a team again, smaller than Matthew Morris, but bigger than the double studio so I made the move to the Oxford Club in early 2020. Some of my career came easy! I love connecting to people, especially one on one. I think that’s been key in building an authentic rapport with my clients. But just like any other career I would imagine, there have been many challenges. The way that I’ve learned to overcome those is to pivot. If something isn’t working, don’t quit, just pivot your direction. I’ve really had to work on finding myself within the beauty industry. There are lots of incredibly talented stylists everywhere; some with the exact same passion and specialty as me. I try really hard to focus on what I’m doing and keeping my inspirations positive. I used to think that I had to do and be like the stylists I viewed as successful; the truth is that I can only be me so I choose to be just that. With my best foot forward, I thrive to show up as my best self behind the chair.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am, for sure partial to Union Station! It’s my favorite part of downtown, especially during the holidays. A walk in the neighborhood, pick up a cafe au lait at Amante, followed by a massage at the Oxford and lunch/dinner at Urban farmer sounds like a glorious day to me. Otherwise, Sushi Den is a must for dinner, Hashtag in Central Park or Snooze for brunch has to happen. I love hiking red rocks. They have great trails for every level including my postpartum self. My favorite walks are wash park and sloan’s lake. For the kiddos, the playground at wash park is so much fun! My little ones love walking around Stanley Market which is nice to do year round! You can also pick up some delicious wine and cheese while you’re there, and check out some really cute local shops.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I can credit a lot of people and things in having a big part in my success, but I want to devote this shoutout to my clients. Last year taught me many lessons but the one that takes the lead is the importance of community. After a shutdown and maternity leave, I could have lost my business altogether but my clients were there for me when I returned after nearly 6 months away. I’ll never take that for granted!

Website: lysianehenderson.com
Instagram: lysiane_henderson
Linkedin: Lysiane Henderson
Facebook: Hair by Lysiane

Image Credits
Erin Lassahn photography

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