River City Six: Brooke Ahlman
Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement (www.brookelyns.com) offers non-surgical hair loss replacement services along with regular haircuts, perms, coloring, extensions, updo’s and special occasion styling. Whether you are in need of a hair system or just a fresh trim or new style, Brookelyn’s will help you find the perfect fit for your personal style as well as your lifestyle. Professional stylist Brooke Ahlman is the owner of Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement.
Tell us a little about your business.
I’m a hair stylist who specializes in hair replacement for a wide range of clients: those who have no hair, very thin hair, alopecia, hair loss due to cancer treatments, any other medical conditions, etc. I have been operating my own business for 3 years now but have been involved in the hair replacement industry for 10 years!
How did you get started in the business?
I was presented with a good opportunity to start working in the industry, fell in love with it, and ended up being very good at it. It’s such a rewarding job helping people regain their confidence. I’m lucky to have found what gives me the feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day early on in my career.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I would definitely say taking the leap and going out on my own. While being responsible for my own success has presented various challenges along the way, it’s been well worth it.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
The same holds true, starting my business and being out there on my own. It’s been a life saver being able to book my own appointments and come and go on when I please. I really enjoy the flexibility of it. I also enjoy being able to work directly with my clients throughout the entire process, handling the initial consultation and the subsequent procedures and styling.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband, Theron, is also a business owner with CarePatrol of Nebraska. We’ve been married for 10 years and have 2 wonderful kids. My daughter Brystal is 6 and my son Gage is 3. They are our pride and joy.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Getting into the hair business in the first place. It has changed my life for the better and has opened up many doors for me along the way. In an industry that’s constantly changing, it keeps things interesting and no two days are ever the same.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I really like sleep…so when I get the chance, I take it! In the summertime, the kids and I stay busy with visits to the the zoo, museums, gardening, and being outdoors in general. We are very active and I absolutely love it.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I was born and raised on a cattle and hog farm near Pierce, NE.
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What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always treat others as you would like to be treated.
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If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
Phone: (402) 649-0212; Website: www.brookelyns.com.