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Conversations with the Inspiring Leslie Shores

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Shores.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I literally fell into this industry. I’ve always loved beauty & always knew I wanted to do something creative. I grew up outside of Nashville and was going to college for Fashion Merchandising. I got a receptionist job at an upscale salon and loved it. I moved to Chicago shortly after and attended beauty school. Followed by a three-year apprenticeship at an upscale Gold Coast salon to become a Color Specialist. Throughout my career of twelve years, my extended education has been all over the world including Rome, Italy, New York, L.A. and, of course, Chicago. I feel lucky after all my hard work & training that I picked a career that I love.

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?
The road to success should be somewhat challenging. It builds character. I am passionate about what I do and my creativity drives me. I enjoy change and challenging myself to always come up with new ideas. Even the work I put into my social media is work outside of work but it is fun for me. The second you start to dislike something about your career it’s time to switch something up. Even switching your environment will inspire you and help you have a fresh perspective on your career. Be open to change and embrace the uncomfortableness of change. It will help you to not become stagnant.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
My specialty is Balayage. A free handed, French highlighting technique. I’m known for saving clients damaged locks and keeping clients hair healthy. I try to help people with maintenance and help preserve the integrity of their hair. I always say I’m not in this industry to damage and fry people’s hair. Depending on the situation, I would rather keep someone’s hair healthy, than color it. I think that sets me apart as a Hair Colorist. I am honest and I think people can feel that and trust me. I am proud of myself for always staying true to myself and my values.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
If I had any advice for young women starting their career I would say learn as much from as many people in your industry as you can. Always stay true to yourself.

Stand up for yourself and demand respect from the beginning but also try not to sweat the small stuff. Shake things off. Try not to compare yourself to anyone else. You are on your own journey. In any career, there will always be those unhappy people who will try to bring you down or who want your success. Keep your distance from those people and stay focused on your goals. And if you aren’t completely interested & passionate about what you are doing, go back to school for something else.


  • Partial Balayage- starting at $165
  • Full Balayage- Starting at $200
  • Face-framing Balayage-starting at $65

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Fashion_colorista
  • Facebook: @fashioncolorista
  • Twitter: @fashioncolorist

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