Beauty Consultant | Celebrity Hairstylist | Hair Director | Member of Hairstylist Club100
I am Gianii Edem Counsellor from a family of four consisting of three boys and a girl. I hail from the Volta region and have been involved in hairdressing and hairstyling for the past 11 years, despite having received training in beauty therapy and specializing in makeup artistry during my time at beauty school. Over the years, I have gained considerable experience as a hair director for Global Ovations and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
In addition to my work as a hair director, I am also a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and often integrate my interactions with clients. I believe that a person's overall well-being is just as important as their physical appearance, and I strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all of my clients.
My love for the beauty industry started at a young age, and I pursued my passion by attending beauty school. After completing my education, I worked hard to develop my skills in hairdressing and hairstyling, and it wasn't long before I landed my first major gig as a hair director for a local fashion show. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Global Ovations and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Despite my success, I remain humble and grounded, and I am always looking for ways to improve my skills and give back to my community. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at local schools and community centers, sharing my knowledge and expertise with the next generation of beauty professionals.
What were the biggest initial hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?
The challenges I faced in my career were not numerous, but as a male in a female-dominated industry, I had to be particularly zealous and passionate about my craft. There was a stereotype that men who worked in the beauty industry were gay, which led to misconceptions about my career path.
However, I was determined to prove these stereotypes wrong and to showcase my skills and passion for hairstyling and makeup artistry. Through hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence, I have been able to overcome these stereotypes and establish a successful career in the industry.
What advice do you have for young people locally and internationally who are just starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions?
One of the key lessons I have learned throughout my career is the importance of being driven by your goals and staying determined in the face of obstacles. It is crucial to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and to stay focused on that goal, even when things get tough.
Additionally, being passionate about your work is essential. When you love what you do, it shows in the quality of your work and in how you present yourself to others. Finally, it is important to think carefully about how you want to be perceived by others and to take steps to build a positive reputation through hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence.
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