Women in Business Series: Shaydreca Sanders Owner Sanders Grooming Lounge & Supply

1) Briefly describe yourself, your background in your field, and your business.

My name is Shaydreca Sanders, but everyone calls me Shay. I was born and raised in Central Florida. I graduated from DeLand High School with honors in 2002 and earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Florida A&M University in 2007. My wife, Laurie G. Sanders and I moved to Humboldt County in 2010 when she was recruited for a Behavior Analyst position in Arcata. I began developing my business in 2012, graduated from Fredrick and Charles Beauty College in 2015 and was able to open my own barbershop/salon in 2016: Sanders Grooming Lounge and Supply.

2) Explain what makes your business unique.

My business is unique because it was born from my family’s legacy of spirituality, business ownership, and community service.  

3) What inspired you to become an entrepreneur and business owner?

When I arrived in Humboldt, I knew I was far away from “home.” There weren’t many people that looked like me and the amenities that I was accustomed to were nonexistent. I wanted to fill in the void, but I didn’t know where to begin. The last straw for me however, was not being able to find someone that I trusted to do my hair.

My hair is very important to me because it represents my heritage and culture that I am very proud of. This is a feeling shared by most individuals from similar backgrounds.

4) What does beauty mean to you? And how does this translate into the work you do?

To me, beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. Nothing brings me more joy than transforming my clients into someone they themselves find beauty within. I love watching my clients come back to life after receiving a service from me.

5) What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned from working with people of all different backgrounds and life experiences?

I’ve learned how to have respect for each person’s individual journey and serve them accordingly. I believe this is how I’ve been able to build such a loyal clientele base.

6) What is one goal you hope to achieve through your business?

My ultimate goal is to be an example of what one can do if they run their business from the heart and not just for financial gain. 

7) What is one piece of advice you have for someone wanting to pursue their dreams of going into business for themselves?

Know who you are, and to thine own self be true! Work your magic!

8) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Do you Shay! Don’t worry about those that are against you. Align yourself with people that are for you!

9) What has been the biggest challenge and the biggest reward from owning your own business?

The biggest challenge has been human relations within customer service. Disrespectful people make me angry (lol). The biggest reward has been human relations within customer service. People who show appreciation for me and my business make my heart soar. 

10) What is one book that changed your life? Why?

Peace From Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant changed my life. This book spoke to my core being and gave me tools to access my full potential.

https://sandersgroominglounge.com

@sandersgroominglounge

707-502-5849

219 2nd Street, Eureka CA 95501

They Helped Me Go Vegan

I made a list of all the vegans and vegan brands who helped inspire me to change my lifestyle. Vegan food and fitness bloggers, vegan authors, bodybuilders, entrepreneurs, food reviewers. This isn’t a list of everything I love that’s vegan, or every vegan blog or YouTube channel I think you should check out. It’s a very specific list of the brands and personalities that are making huge changes in the animal liberation and plant based eating spaces. They have had a lasting impact on me, and I continue to watch, shop from, and be inspired by them today. Enjoy!

Food Bloggers:

-Baker By Nature / https://bakerbynature.com

-Crazy Vegan Kitchen / https://www.crazyvegankitchen.com

-It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken / https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

-Minimalist Baker / https://minimalistbaker.com

-Six Vegan Sisters / https://www.sixvegansisters.com

-Vegan Richa / https://www.veganricha.com

Instagram “Influencers:”

-@amysoranno / “An advocate for collective liberation through strategic activism.” https://www.excelsior4.org

-@badassvegan / John Lewis Film Director https://theyretryingtokillus.com

-@concious_muscle / Vegan Transformation Coach & Owner of @cmsupplements https://cmsupplements.com

-@domzthompson / Dominick Thompson Vegan Activist & Athlete / http://eatwhatelephantseat.com/

-@mainlyplants / Vegan Nutritionist and hilarious reviewer of vegan foods: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC-yvmuhrxX-PHJ84ez1UkuA

YouTube Channels:

*Some of the categories overlap. I would encourage you to find the accounts listed above on their multiple platforms. However, the accounts listed in this section are specifically ones I prefer to watch on YouTube. I tried to categorize them as clearly as possible.

-Kate Flowers https://m.youtube.com/user/indigostar2531

-Sam James https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCJOZu5FMz9mygTTpFSAYDeg

-Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCAbKLYEuTR1riockIgAWBiw

-Stella The Light https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCtFrw0aUPSItEe8V-9ZH3ZA

Podcasts:

-The Rich Roll Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rich-roll-podcast/id582272991

*I have to make a note here. Rich Roll’s podcast (and book, Finding Ultra) has been one of the most invaluable resources for my vegan journey. He has introduced me to countless authors, podcasters, athletes, and personalities that I otherwise may not have found. This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in a plant based lifestyle, entrepreneurship, fitness, and an abundance of other topics on wellness.

-No Meat Athlete Radio https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-meat-athlete-radio/id476196931

Documentaries / Books:

Cowspiracy https://www.cowspiracy.com

Eating Animals http://www.eatinganimalsmovie.com

Finding Ultra, Rich Roll

The Game Changers https://gamechangersmovie.com

How Not to Die, Michael Greger, M.D.

VegNews Magazine https://vegnews.com

What the Health https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com

Vegan Businesses:

-For Vegan BCAAs: Truth Nutrition https://www.truthnutrition.com

-For Vegan Uggs: Pawj https://www.pawjcalifornia.com (Use Code LIZ10 for 10% off your order!)

-For Fun Vegan Clothing:

-Care Wears https://www.carewears.co.uk

-Crazies & Weirdos http://www.craziesandweirdos.com

-For LOCAL Vegan Treats in Humboldt: Foodwise Kitchen http://www.foodwisekitchen.com

-Vegan Supply Co. https://www.vegansupplyco.com

Food Plan!

This is the food and fitness plan I used from Blogilates to initially help me go vegan! It’s completely worth the $100 (yes.. that’s it for a complete workout and food plan) and I highly suggest it to anyone who’s considering veganism. 28 days is all it takes!

https://www.piit28.com

My Favorite Vegan Hair Products!

Because of my 5 Year Veganniversary on March second I’ve decided each post for this month will be vegan themed!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite vegan / cruelty free hair care products. Everything I’ve pictured below is in my regular daily or weekly rotation, and has been used for at least a year to test the results and effectiveness. I’m very particular about the products I use on my hair, but my transition into using only vegan products was easy, and my hair is healthier than ever! I hope you’ll try some of these options when shopping in the future. These are not only excellent-quality products, but they come from companies I support who share similar values in regards to animal welfare and the health of the planet. And, you have the option to shop them all locally if you are in Humboldt County!

Shampoo / Conditioner:

I have mild to moderate eczema on my scalp. I color treat my hair every six weeks, and I like my hair to stay long, thick, and as soft as possible while keeping my color in tact. I wash my hair once a week and use heat on it (blow dry / flat iron) a few times a month. The Maria Nila Heal shampoo and conditioner are the best I have ever used. Hands down. No contest. My scalp is much less dry and irritated, and my hair grows extremely fast now. I’ve been growing it out for years and after only one year of using these products my hair grew so much I had to cut four inches off last month because it had gotten TOO long. I recommend this for anyone who has dandruff, dry scalp, eczema, or who simply loves having soft healthy hair that grows quickly!

I do want to mention that Maria Nila makes several lines for all different hair types and concerns. I’d encourage you to look at several or ask your hair professional before choosing the one best for you. However, if you have scalp and hair growth issues, this line would most likely be the best selection for you.

Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/
Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

Masks:

I use these masks each time I wash my hair. Since I have bleached hair, I actually mix 1/2 Silver mask with 1/2 Heal mask, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse. This helps my scalp, softens my hair, and neutralizes yellow tones.

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Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

Styling Products:

For right after I towel dry:

Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

For when I want beach-y waves without using heat:

Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

For when I need big volume at the root:

Tousle Finishing Spray
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I couldn’t find detailed descriptions of the Pulp Riot products I use. I get them from my hairstylist / local salon and they are also 100% vegan and cruelty free. I’m obsessed with their styling products and find that they work extremely well and smell amazing!

For when I need to set any style in place without my hair feeling sticky or “crunchy:”

Flexible Hold Hairspray
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For all the time. I use this to finish any look including straight or wavy hairstyles. It makes my hair look shiny, healthy, and does not compromise the longevity of my style.

Hair Serum
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For my non-local folks to shop:

https://www.lovelyskin.com/c/pulp-riot

https://marianila.com/us/

My current hair, for reference:

Photo, Style, Cut, Color by Tanishia Cole at Trimmed & Pinned Hair Studio, Eureka CA

To get to know my hairstylist and the professional products she uses: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thereallifeveganwife.com/2019/06/08/women-in-business-series-tanishia-boswell-co-owner-trimmed-pinned-hair-studio/amp/