The Millennial Wives Club had the opportunity to sit down and talk to freelance fashion designer and owner of Slayde Hair Lounge, Porschea Lasha! It was a pleasure allowing Porschea to share her story and struggles juggling two completely different careers from her own perspective.
Her 2018 Motto is: "Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am"
Watch the interview below!
MEET PORSCHEA LASHA
1. Give us an overview of the evolution of Porschea and how you decided on your career choice.
I'd like to think my lifestyle/career choose me at a young age; I’ve never been one for sports or sitting in an office and having some one tell me what to do and when to do it. I remember sitting in my room playing with my doll teaching my self how to do a corn row, I could only do one side of the dolls head and that braid looked a mess but I was so excited about that braid. Hair and fashion has been apart of my whole life, my grandma sews, my mom and aunts can do hair but they are not stylist, my mom is an up and coming plus size fashion blogger, it was just flowing in my blood for me to be in this industry.
2. What was your most proud moment in your life and career?
In my hairstyling career my proudest moment has to be when my best friend and I quit our 9-5 to open our first salon suite together in Plano. We only had a few clients each but it was the best decision ever. In my fashion career my proudest moment most defiantly is when I graduated from college with my degree in fashion design.
3. As a hair stylist/fashion designer, what do you think is your biggest obstacle? How do you overcome?
always second-guess and over think everything I do, I’m lazy,( WOW I’VE NEVER ADMITTED THAT ONE) I compare myself to people in my industry and then I get depressed because someone has been doing what I am do for a shorter period of time and they are further in their career than I am. The way I’m overcoming this………WELL…….. I’m starting to believe in myself again, I have to stop trying to fit my big ass ideas in a box full of the same stuff (UUUUGGGGHHH) where I don’t fit in. I also had to understand again that I have to put in the work double time, I have to be on my ish; my great friend and ass kicker told me “STOP BEING LAZY”.
4. What inspires you? Where does your passion and creativity come from?
I'd have to say I’m inspired by Black Women, educated, business minded, loving, caring, passionate, loyal, overcomer, fighter, grace, style, unique, Queen, blessing, wife, mom, and sooooo much more I could keep going but you get the idea.
5. What are you currently working on? Any upcoming projects?
At this moment I’m working on custom looks for some new clients, I’m working on a 2018 Bloom Collection.
6. What’s your favorite fashion trend right now?
At this moment I’m so in lone with velvet. Leather, fringe, embellished biker jackets and the boyfriend blazer (I live for a good 90s piece)
7. What advice do you have for another Millennial who wants to start their own business but doesn’t know where to start?
LAWD………..PLAN, RESEARCH, NETWORK, find your niche, and stay true to who you are and don’t try to fit in ever.
8. What's the most beneficial thing you've learned starting up your business?
I’ve learned that I cant do it all by myself, its okay to ask for help trust me your going to need it.
9. What's the hardest thing about being a Millennial Woman today?
Being a Millennial Woman alone is hard, the majority of us run our own businesses on top of a 9-5, some have kids and or a husband.
10. How do you define success?
For me, success is how happy you are. You can have hella money, cars, clothes, hoes, and be so unhappy.