Before leaving on a month-long tour in a minivan, however, his friend, a manager at a salon in the Bay Area, asked if he’d be interested in a receptionist position. “You know what, ask me when I get back?” Garcia said.
After the tour, he quickly met up with his friend where they discussed the job over lunch and ended up going to the salon with his friend who had some work to do. At the salon, a lady struck up a conversation with Garcia. They talked about “fashion, being outdoors, anything creative—anything but hair,” he recalls.
Eventually, “my friend came back around an hour later and introduced the lady as the owner of the salon, who then looked at me and said ‘So, do you want the job or not?’” And that was the start of Garcia’s accidental career in hair.
Six months in, Garcia had a review with the salon owner. “You’re good at this job, but this job isn’t for you,” she said, “It made my heart sink—my mind started racing,” Garcia recalls. But then: she pulled out a textbook, a blow dryer & a set of round brushes & said: “You start beauty school on Monday, don’t mess this up,” and the rest, as they say is history.
Flash-forward 8 years and Garcia is still in awe and filled with gratitude for his unlikely career path. “I didn’t choose hairdressing—hairdressing chose me,” he says, “The universe was like Alright, Ramon, you’re a hairdresser now!”
Read on to discover more about Authentic Beauty Concept Advocate Ramon Garcia, hairdresser, and creator of Ghostlayers (more on that later).