"Powerful Beyond Measure"
CEO of haircare line REVENGE and Celebrity Hairstylist
HT: When did you fall in love with Beauty and Cosmetics?
Chotsani Gordon: I really fell in love with Beauty and Cosmetics while attending high school. I didn’t have a lot of money so I had to be creative with my hair. I would show up each day to school with a different hairstyle, but it was the same sew in. I could make one sew in look like 10 different styles. I loved how I could be in control of my look. It gave me a sense of power when I was finished doing my hair. I also loved trying out the different hair products which led to a lot of trial and error moments with hair products as to why I decided to create my own hair care line which is called REVENGE. I currently have a shampoo, conditioner, hair serum and hair polish.
HT: How long have you been doing celebrity hair? And who was your favorite celebrity to work with?
CG: I started doing celebrity hair in my home town of Toronto which is in Canada about 4 years ago. Everyone in Toronto knew that I did hair and whenever a celebrity would come to town I would get a call to go do their hair. My favorite celebrity that I have ever worked with is Lil Kim. She is so sweet, so humble and amazing to work with.
HT: What has been your greatest moment of success?
CG: I've had a lot of great moments of success in my career, but for me the process before getting to those amazing moments is the greatest success. I remember getting a call to go on tour with the Badboy family. I was super excited and nervous all at the same time. I for sure thought that I’d be doing hair for the backup dancers and hopefully a few of the artists like the legendary Lil Kim, Faith Evens or Total. I was hired to work the pop-up shops for Invisible bully which was selling the tour merchandise in each city of the tour. No one on that tour knew I did hair, but I dragged my hair box to each city incase one the hairstylists got sick or if anyone apart of the tour needed their hair done. Let’s just say I didn’t do any hair on that tour (laughs), but I sold the heck out of some t-shirts. Each night before the concert I would be back stage admiring the makeup artists, the hair stylists and wardrobe stylists wishing it was me. I would watch as the different artists would make their way to the stage each night to perform wishing I was the one doing their hair. Months after the tour I got a call from Noel which is Lil Kim’s assistant telling me that Kim was looking for a hairstylist. It was like that Biggie song “It was all a dream, I use to read word up magazine” My bedroom walls as a teen were filled with pictures of Lil Kim, then I was blessed to be apart of the tour which was epic to say the least. Seeing her perform and being behind the scenes and wishing I was apart of that to then getting a call that she wanted me to do her hair was everything to me. It was in that very moment I realized that the success you desire is actually in the process.
Hellotittie: What woman inspires you and why?
CG: There are so many women that inspire me, but if I had to choose just one it would be Oprah Winfrey! Oprah, to me is the epitomy of inspiration. All the odds were against her. She is Black. She was a woman. She was poor. Yet she allowed none of those things to get in the way of her dreams to inspire the world. In almost all of her interviews she states that we are all responsible for our own lives and that if you want something bad enough despite your circumstances you can achieve anything in life if you have faith, work hard and believe in yourself.
HT: What advice do you have for women aiming for a leadership position?
CG: My advice for women is to never give up. Never let your current circumstances determine your outcome for success. Align yourself with women who are already in a leadership role and learn from them. Work on your craft daily and set goals for yourself. Stay positive, persistent and motivated. Research your industry and those before you that are doing what you want to do. Realize that you are responsible for your own life and that you are the author of your own book. If you want something bad enough, work for it and throw all excuses in the trash.
HT: What are your goals for 2018?
CG: One of my goals for 2018 is to create a better version of my 2017 self. I strongly believe that you won’t get what you truly want in life until you become the person deserving of those things. I have a lot of new and exciting things in the works for 2018 and I will be continuously building my brand Hair By Chotsani and focusing on my new haircare line REVENGE.