Scrolling via social media will be considerably predictable generally…there may be the everyday number of memes, photos of pals’ cute children and grandchildren, and plenty of enjoyable pet photographs. However for those who occur to observe Anaïs Hayden, “The Goddess of Coloration,” from Atlanta, GA, on Fb or Instagram, you will see that your media peppered with frequent photographs of good artwork—gasp-worthy colours and designs, all created on the unbelievable “canvas” of fur.
“I needed to work with canines since I used to be eight years previous,” Hayden shared. “I needed to be a veterinarian, however I’m horrible at math, so I seemed into pursuing my second dream, which was artwork. Fortunately for me, God pointed me within the course the place I used to be capable of mix each of my true loves collectively and make a profession out of it. It’s arduous work, extraordinarily time-consuming, and the stress is big, however it’s so price it.
“After I first began, I had no concept folks would need it and would purchase it, and that I might change into a canine colorist,” she stated about inventive grooming.
Hayden’s distinctive colorwork differs from most of what we see within the inventive competitions at grooming commerce reveals in that she makes a speciality of engaged on small canines with flat coats. In distinction, the canines within the inventive ring are nearly solely commonplace Poodles.
“I first began working for The Queen of Coloration, Daybreak Omboy, at her pet grooming store referred to as Klippers in Columbus, GA after I was 15 years previous. Daybreak taught me how you can groom canines and launched me to the great world of inventive grooming,” Hayden stated.
That first introduction has taken Hayden to ranges of nationwide recognition. Her work has been seen on ABC’S 20/20, The Anderson Cooper Present, HBO’s Haute Canine, CBS Information and within the films The Starvation Video games and Triple 9. Her work has additionally been featured in a number of magazines, together with Southern Residing, Jezebel and Groomer to Groomer.
In a latest interview on the grooming podcast Sh*t on the Desk, Hayden stated that after her look on Anderson Cooper, she obtained a number of damaging criticism about her work. Not solely do I love Hayden’s skills to design and create the pictures she does, however I additionally applaud her angle on the subject of coping with the tough criticism she receives.
“Folks say horrible issues about me and the colour,” Hayden continued. “I spoke to my grandmother about it, and he or she stated, ‘They will speak about you whether or not you do unhealthy or good, so that you would possibly as properly simply hold doing what you want.’ I’m going on hate teams now simply so they may speak about my work as a result of hate teams unfold it quicker than the love teams.”
It isn’t simple to understand how anybody can so vehemently despise inventive grooms. Hayden shared her idea: “Most individuals who strongly dislike inventive grooming simply can not think about ever having it executed to their canines. They like their canines’ pure coats and really feel very passionately that different folks ought to really feel the identical method.”
I requested what it’s she likes greatest about inventive grooming, and he or she replied, “How a inventive groom appears extraordinary. I like that it consists of various vivid and vivid colours, and the way a lot thought and creativity goes behind the work. I like most of all how the canines get the additional consideration they deserve after they obtain a inventive grooming.”
Working from her house studio, Hayden’s work consists of a mixture of conventional pet grooming and extra colourful creations for her clients. As a result of her inventive grooms are so time-consuming, she maintains a non-refundable deposit to be able to schedule along with her.
“The deposit is between 20 and 40% for inventive and common grooming, relying on the anticipated grooming cost. Attributable to my buyer appreciation coverage, all grandfathered shoppers have this sediment payment waived,” she stated.
Hayden can be the proud mom of a five-year-old daughter, whom she refers to as her “best inventive.” I requested her what her daughter thinks of her work, to which she replied: “She thinks all canines are imagined to look colourful. Seeing different canines with out coloration makes her marvel why they aren’t colourful but. She at all times compliments any groom I do, with or with out coloration. She actually thinks every thing I do is magic.”
Fortunately, her daughter’s opinion is shared by many! ✂️