Juliet Alpha Michael is a 42-year-old lady from Nassarawa State. She developed a passion for styling at a very young age when she started styling her sisters’ hair. Her father tried discouraging her at that tender age but she would not yield ground. She continued horning her skills by plaiting her friends until she was able to travel to Lagos for a formal training after her tertiary education. During her service year she decided venture full time after attending entrepreneurial classes in the camp. Since then Juliet has been an outstanding stylist who has gone round the country dressing her huge clientele portfolio
My name is Juliet Alpha Michael, I am from Nassarawa State, I was born on February 11, 1976, the first child of Mr. Michael and Mrs. Laitu Michael. I graduated from Army Children School Bauchi and proceeded to Government Girls’ Secondary School, Hardawa. After my secondary school, I gained admission to study Accounting in Bauchi State Polytechnic, from there I went to Federal Polytechnic Bauchi for my HND in the same Course. Upon graduation, I was posted to Kaduna for my NYSC.
HOW DID IT ALL START?
I have a passion for fashion; I learnt plaiting of hair at an early age. I use to plait my siblings’ hair. I remember my dad will scold me telling me
to stop as it is painful, but it did not stop me, rather whenever I was in school I will be plaiting my friends until I became proficient in plaiting. After my secondary education, I travelled to Lagos for
extensive training as a stylist. Upon my return, I continued my education but I continued with styling people’s hair by the side. It was while I was in camp that I enrolled in a skill acquisition class and business entrepreneurial class that I discovered that I have to be self-reliant and not to depend on any white collar job that I decided to fully put into practice what I have learnt. During my service (NYSC), with my allowance I invested in salon equipment and continued getting money. After my service year, I came back to Bauchi and set up this salon, when the jobs are not forthcoming, I decided to venture full time.
I love beautifying women, I love making them look good. As a woman you need to look good, and I like it when women are well groomed. What drives me is to see women looking their best. Looking good they say is good business, if you are good looking good, well packaged from head to toe, it gives you confidence. I have clients who invite me to dress them for their wedding and I advise them to look good for their husband. I love making things beautiful.
YOUR EDGE OVER YOUR COMPETITORS?
What is worth doing is worth doing well. My edge over others is that I try my best to give my clients what they ask for and more. If you do it well your work will speak for you. I get invited to dress brides all over the country and my clients recommend me to others a lot because I give the best.
My challenge mostly is power as it is very difficult to achieve much in this business without power.
YOUR SECRET TIP?
My secret tip is prayers and I am very jovial. For you to succeed in any business you have to be very friendly especially when you are dealing with women. Also I appreciate people a lot especially if you are looking superb.
I hate dishonest people. Dishonesty destroys friendship, business.
I love traveling, cooking, making friends and dancing.
I have achieved a lot since I started over 17 years ago. I have been able to train several young girls who have established their businesses as well. It has helped me to train my siblings in school; it takes care of my needs. I thank God.
My pastor’s wife is my mentor and also my best friend.
My advice to young girls is for them to be patient, committed, hard-working and dedicated. If they are patient, they will surely reap the fruits of their labour.
YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
It was my passing out parade (POP) after my NYSC.