Leslie Watkins is a great example of a Wednesday’s Wonder Woman. As the owner of Enhance’n U, a mobile salon service in Arizona and Philadelphia, an educator with L’anza Healing Hair Care, and single mother, Watkins has repeatedly worked to overcome life’s obstacles.
Watkins fell in love with the hair industry at an early age. She grew up doing the hair of all her family members. Although she started out as a business major, her unplanned pregnancy caused her to leave school. After having her daughter, she later decided to attend cosmetology school. Upon receiving her license, she began working in salons, but in 2007, her daughter was diagnosed with a rare bone disease, Fibrous Dysplasia, which meant Watkins had to be able to care for her and still work. In 2010, she started her company Enhance’n U. Upon her daughter breaking her hip in 2012, Watkins decided to take her company on the road styling for photo shoots and such. “My daughter has been my strength throughout my entire career. I couldn’t have done any of this without her. Every day is a different day. She has her good days and bad days,” Watkins says.
Enhance’n U has been published in magazine’s such as Sophisticate’s Black Hair and Sheen Magazine. Watkins also went on to donate her services to charities and organizations like Dress For Success, and she also became an educator with L’anza Healing Hair Care, where she helps teach people not to segregate themselves in the hair industry with close minded thinking such as you only need to use Black products Black hair and white products on white hair. They believe when a product line is good you can use it on all types of hair.
At the end of this month, Watkins has a competition in Long Beach, California. She will also continue to travel across the states to clients. “You can expect me to be doing photo shoots and my work being published in different magazines. I will also be working on movie sets this year with many celebrities, which is a huge blessing. I will be sure to keep everyone posted on my social media pages.”
She left these words of inspiration for our followers, “. Keep striving for your dreams, no matter what hardships you face. Don’t let anybody or anything stop you, no matter what. Whatever you are going through today is not your future. If you keep working hard, your dream will definitely come true. Even if things don’t go according to your plan, they will always go according to God’s plan, so you can never go wrong.
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