Cindy’s Interview with SD Voyager

Cindy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started doing hair when I was about 24 years old. I found that I enjoyed the creative energy in the field and was confident quickly that I had a talent for it and liked it—you know-how. You “know” when something’s a good fit. I apprenticed for two years, managed a salon, then opened my small studio, which led to three expansions. Then I started getting involved with photoshoots, hair for ads. I always was trying something – and it all was a natural progression, or it felt. I styled wigs for the San Diego Opera., then went to study hair in London with The Tony and Guy Academy. This career has never been boring. I still work in the salon four days a week. My new focus is The Hair Share – an online career development platform for stylists. I’m giving back to a great industry in any way I can to help my fellow artists create more and grow their business.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been both – the road is usually smooth when you’re coasting, more challenging when you’re growing or expanding. Trying new things means you’re always in a learning curve and for artistic purposes it’s imperative that you are always stretching your creative boundaries. At the same time , being in a salon and serving my clients every day has allowed me to master my craft and build a business by repetition and consistency . It’s a balance.

Tell us more about the business.
The Hair Share is an online education platform for new stylists. We wanted to create a fresh, holistic and conscious guide to creating an intentional and rewarding career beyond Cosmetology school. My partner, Alícia Kiel and I have over 50 years of combined experience and are still running our own business every day. We are teaching young stylists both foundational techniques and elements of design. We also share tips on working in a salon environment that you only usually get from experience. For a stylist, creating a hair design is more rewarding than following a template designed by someone else.

The Hair Share also encompasses the soft skills needed by any stylist, or anyone for that matter, to grow a career by connecting to their client. We have seven principles of energetic growth that are essential to success. The hair industry is constantly evolving and changing. By being a conscious stylist and business person, a stylist will be able to anticipate trends and create ahead of the curve. We have so much information we want to share and are planning on launching our website by summer.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Haha! Call it luck, destiny, fate and hubris. Divine intervention, all of the above! I’ve learned that life is more than the sum of its parts and if I can stay open and positive to what comes down the road, one of the above will show up. Eventually, when I got my first job “on the floor, “I was there for six months when the salon manager quit suddenly. This created a big problem for the absentee owner who promptly offered me the position. I promptly took it and two years later opened my own salon. Who can say what path I would have been on If that salon manager hadn’t quit that day? Luck? Or fate?

Cindy Adra / Founder
Alicia may not have swum with hammerhead sharks in the coastal waters off the Maldives, or visited Caravaggio’s lush masterpieces in Rome; but she has seen and been inspired – by the best of human nature: qualities like creativity, determination, planning and grit. 
 
“I have made it my life’s goal to be as creative as possible in everything I do…every day presents a unique possibility for you to learn, expand your mind, your soul and your craft”. 
 
Owner of six hair salons, Master Stylist (for 25 years), Colorist, and Creative Director for TIGI for the past 18 years; Alicia is distilling that expertise and offering students and stylists an immersive, new ‘holistic’, mentor/education platform -The Hair Share. This new tool helps guide stylists to think beyond the next step, beyond cosmetology school, and beyond personal limitations; in order to obtain a rewarding and personally fulfilling career. 
 
For Alicia hairdressing is more than just the cut or color, “I get to be fully creative as an artist…and I get to connect to humanity”. Connection and interconnectedness are central to Alicia’s philosophy; where clients are not commodities, but community. She passionately feels that connection is key and its part of what the Hair Share instills in its mentorship program, “It takes a village of like-minded people to help each other, to motivate, inspire and create not only our craft …but life together.” 
 
Coming from a family of creative, strong independent women, where Alicia’s grandmothers worked all their lives; she was modelled, fashioned, by a strong, fierce work ethic. 
 
Alicia found her own creative passion early, experimenting with food color and hair at a very young age; she progressed to DIY bleaching, and even dabbled with the coat of her step mom’s dog! She quickly turned her passion into a practical career, but vowed never to stop reaching higher. In 2013, she became a life coach with Life Creations Education; she realized along her career path, that she was trusted by people, and could make a difference in their lives. 
 
Alicia’s desire is to be that difference, that strength-the audible voice in your ear…helping you, guiding you, trusting in you to explore the endless possibilities of your life and creative career. 
Alicia Kiel / Founder

Our Values

The Hair Share focuses on seven principles of energetic growth. They apply to being in charge of your conscious business and are key to begin succuessful.

see what our graduates have to say

Alicia was my mentor when I worked in a cute little salon/boutique Solana Beach, California.  

I felt a connection right away with her kind heart and humble nature. Her teaching style is very detail oriented and also very supportive.

I’m very grateful for the time I spent with her. I learned so much about cutting and coloring hair and also about the business side of hairdressing. 

I still hear her guiding words when I feel a little stuck in my own business, she really made an impact on the person stylist I am today. She truly believed in and supported me and I am forever grateful

Maricel Murphy / Cara Hair Studio

After Beauty school, I got my very first job as an apprentice with Cindy in her beautiful trendy boutique salon in the heart of Delmar California. Cindy inspired and continuously motivated me.

In beauty school, you learn the basics, and when you work in a salon with a talented mentor, that’s where it all starts in setting a solid foundation. Cindy is an artist in color and her haircutting techniques with great explanation of the hows and whys. She always made it interesting.

In 2002 I opened my own salon. It was very successful and I owned and operated it until 2018. With the right foundation and a mentor who cares, nothing is impossible to be a success in this amazing profession.

Charmaine Matic / Hair Share Alumni