Fashion hair colorist Hullema Reddick is changing the way we think about Muslim women and hair. The hair color specialist and Philadelphia native has created a unique style over the past 15+ years, and keeps pushing the envelope. Reddick’s salon, Hstylze Hair Studio, is the culmination of perseverance, focus, and determination to break through barriers within the industry.
Rolling out had the opportunity to speak with Hullema about her career path, community success and what inspires her to show up for work every day.
How did you determine your career path?
I worked in hair salons for as long as I can remember. As a teenager, I worked as a shampoo assistant and from there I decided to go to hair school in order to better my skillset and obtain licensing. I truly believe this is a gift that God blessed me with.
What inspires you to show up for work every day?
My family and my creativity; looking forward to creating looks, and seeing clients smile. It’s like a high when I see a client come off of a chair with a huge smile on their face. Sometimes you get a client that will give me a big hug or even cry. In addition, me being a muslim woman, I want to be the change in our community. It is often times frowned upon for someone to not show their face, or their hair in this industry. I work very hard for my style and creativity to speak for itself so no one can question my abilities.
Describe the voice of success that that you hear in your head.
It’s drive. Throughout my life, I have experienced a lot of crazy things happening around me. Because of this, success to me is building and staying focused while being strong. I really started to get into the mindset of being laser focused and things are falling into place.
Community success based on what you do in the community means what to you?
I think community success is extremely important. Coming from where I come from and to be able to create and do the things that I am doing can inspire people. People can physically see someone that looks like them who came from similar circumstances but still be able to bounce back. Young women, and even men can see that it is possible.
Don’t stop, and keep going. Your mistakes are your imperfections, but they will become your perfections later on. Your mistakes will set the stage for your success, so don’t be afraid or discouraged. Everything you want you can achieve if you just push yourself to do the things it takes. You cannot just want; you have to do.