Professional Profile: Tease Salon cosmetologist Courtney CrainBy JOSHUA CAMPBELL,
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Tease Salon cosmetologist Courtney Crain.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Hattiesburg July 15, 1995.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I went to Salem Attendance Center.
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I’m a cosmetologist at Tease Salon. I cut hair and do color, but a lot of it affects people in ways you don’t expect it to. Somebody can come in here feeling terrible about themselves and leave out of here feeling like a completely different person. They can have a different outlook on life just by getting their hair done.
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: I didn’t have much to do with hair whenever I was younger, but the older I got the more interest I had in it. Some other things with college didn’t work out so I thought, “I’m going to try this” and ended up loving it.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: The people. I like getting to know people, learning about their lives and what they’re going through. To help them through that a lot of times is my favorite part.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: Definitely the work. Sometimes people can expect you to be a magician, but it’s fun, though. It’s always a challenge.
Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
A: It made me grow up. It’s brought me into adulthood, and I’ve grown up with it.
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a radiologist. I had really big dreams, but I got into for about a semester and I hated it. I realized it wasn’t for me at all so I decided to do hair.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was cleaning houses.
Q: Who is the person who has been most influential in your life?
A: My mom, Stephanie Brumfield, most definitely. My father wasn’t in the picture so she kind of had to take it all over for us. She’s been the most influential person.
Q: What is your spouse’s name?
A: Cody Crain. He is a diesel mechanic for Jones Lumber Company.
Q: Do you have children?
A: I have a daughter, Aubrey, who will be 2 in September.
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: I am eating a ribeye steak cooked medium from Half Shell Oyster House.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Probably Hawaii. My husband does not like flying or boats or anything like that so I would go somewhere he wouldn’t want to go. I would love to go somewhere blue and pretty.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Being outside playing with my little girl. That’s pretty much all we do. We like to go swimming, and we go camping a lot. We ride four wheelers and side-by-sides.
Q: What do you enjoy about Columbia and Marion County?
A: Everybody is so family oriented, and everything is so close together. When somebody needs the town, the town comes together. It’s an awesome experience to be a part of because it’s very rare in this world now. I enjoy that a lot.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: I would love to sit down and have lunch with my aunt, Michelle. She died when I was younger. She was a big part of my life as a child. She actually took her life when I was young. She got off in some bad stuff, and that was a rough time for my family.
Q: If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do all day?
A: I would stay home and take my little girl wherever she wanted to go and do whatever she wanted to do. We would just hang out.
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on who you are today?
A: The one thing that comes to mind is when my stepdad, Randal Brumfield, adopted us. My dad was never in the picture so when he adopted us, it made our world completely different. He’s definitely been a blessing to us.
Q: Using one word for each, what are your top three morals?
A: Faith, family and love.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I would love to be remembered as a godly person and a respectable person. I want to be remembered as somebody that when you think of them you don’t think of bad things; you think of good things.
— Joshua Campbell
Pictured Above: Tease Salon cosmetologist Courtney Crain works on coloring a client’s hair Thursday morning. Crain said she initially had planned on being a radiologist, but as she got older her interest in hair continued to grow. Today she loves being able to use her position to help make a difference in her clients’ lives. “I like getting to know people, learning about their lives and what they’re going through,” she said. “To help them through that a lot of times is my favorite part.” | Photo by Joshua Campbell