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Tammy Fleming

Tammy Fleming

I can't believe this is my JOB! So much FUN and still loving it after 17 years.

New Orleans native, Tammy relocated to Houston in 1995. She started her life in Houston as a single mother on welfare. But for Tammy, failure was not an option. She started from scratch and worked her way up to owning her own ethnic hair salon by offering superior customized hair care services. She specializes in damage hair repair from overprocessed or underprocessed hair caused by relaxers or permanent hair coloring.

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       My name is Tammy Fleming and I am the owner of Trendz by Tammy Black Hair Salon in Houston, Texas where “we take hair from a hot raggedy mess, to beautiful tress”. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to have been accepted into and graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. To understand just how much of an honor, you must understand where I am coming from. Whenever I become discouraged with my industry or what is going on with my life, I allow myself to sulk for a little while, only because I’m human. But only for a little while. Then I know it’s time to get up from my cubby hole or wherever I put myself in my time of weakness. It’s time for a change in my life and I will have to be the one to make it. And I know it has to be me because I don’t have a given support team like you might think. I became a self-motivator at 13 years old. You see, at 13 years old, my mother was one of the victims of a brutal double murder-suicide and with the incarceration of my abusive father (not my mother’s murderer), my entire family was separated from each other. I was the only one of 7 siblings to become an orphan of the State of Louisiana. I grew up in an all-girls group home and it was there that writing became my refuge. I wrote an essay to try to win money so that I could attend the college of my choice, Xavier University of Louisiana, since the state would only pay for state colleges. I was a success. I won the $10,000 Coca Cola Share the Dream Scholarship.      In 1995 my despair resurfaced. I became discouraged with the murder rate and my life in New Orleans. So after completing my college degree in accounting and my curriculum at Molers Beauty College, I moved to Houston. I had only $200 in my pocket and got on welfare yet just 5 years later, I opened my first black hair salon. On September 11, 2001, I had a feeling I should be doing something else. That same year I became a real estate agent and then a real estate broker in 2005. Feeling the need to continue growing, in 2009, I taught myself search engine optimization (SEO) so that I could market my business properly and now I consistently appear on the first page on Google organic search results for my keyword.      In 2015 I began getting that feeling of despair once again. This time I simply could not figure out the reason for my despair. In 2013, I had relocated to a larger, more visible commercial location and doubled my business over the last two years. Every task I had taken on, I had been successful. I didn’t really have anyone to prove or disprove anything to. In fact, people in my environment always tell me I am doing too much. Although I’m sure saying this to me was meant to be a compliment, it never was. It was very discouraging. It would feel as though they were saying that I should be satisfied with what I had. Or that somehow I was acting selfish or greedy. It was none of those. Where someone else thought I was “doing too much,” I knew I was in no way reaching my full potential. I was not reaching my plateau. I still hadn’t satisfied my biggest critic–myself. I am only happy when I am being challenged. So I had to motivate myself. I just started keeping my dreams and aspirations to myself. If I had to talk about it, I told strangers. This time I didn’t want to just pursuit another accomplishment, succeed at it with no celebration, only to watch my excitement and joy fizzle into despair again. This time I didn’t want to just put another project on my plate. I wanted to realize the reason for my despair. 2015 made 20 years that I have been in Houston and in business, and it passed with no fanfare at all. As I grew more focused, I became more and more isolated from my surroundings and my family, probably because I couldn’t get what I needed from them: encouragement and support. I even became isolated from my own church. I’d go and enjoy church service, give my tithes and then leave. With the exception of a few occasional hellos, not a word was spoken by me. I considered moving out of Texas, but I would just have to start all over again somewhere else. Besides I thought, Houston has all the resources I could ever want or need so if I can’t make it here, then where could I make it? I knew it was time for me to get to work and create another challenge for myself to achieve. I vowed that in 2016, I would get out and make some life changes.   I finally realized the common thread to my despair all those times–I was not feeling successful because I wasn’t being challenged and I didn’t want to be the smartest person in the room. Each of those times, I was not reaching my full potential and each time I completed a project, I felt better and would resume my life because I felt validated. Now that I knew the source of my anguish, I vowed to do something about it and not let that momentum fade. I joined a chamber of commerce, which was a start but I needed something more. I decided to follow up with a program I had found online several years earlier in one of my other times of despair. I thought this program fit me perfectly. I wanted in badly. It was the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. I did my research, read up on the Goldman Sachs corporation, and I must have read the entire Small Businesses website twice. I watched all of the alumni’s videos and as I listened to their stories, I cried as I cry when I’m watching The Color Purple. I knew I wanted to be a part of this program. And even more, this program was looking for me. I am the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses target market. Then I read the requirements. I knew immediately I didn’t meet all of the criteria, but that did not discourage me. I applied anyway. I mainly applied for two reasons. First, when I was in high school, there was a scholarship that I wanted really badly. I was scared to apply because I didn’t meet all of the criteria. The GPA requirement was 3.2 and I had a 2.9. I had no one to encourage me, so I didn’t apply. I later found out there were a total of 10 scholarships to be had and only 7 people applied so they all got the scholarship. The second reason was I was looking for something hard–not easy. If I got rejected, it would make me that much more determined to get in. I was right. The second time was the charm. I became a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni on my birthday in August, 2016. Being an alumni of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has its privileges. As if the program wasn’t enough, becoming an alumna opens up the door to a whole other level of privileges and streamlines to the American backbone. The program has truly been a life changing experience and I vow to do my part to keep up the momentum and be a part of what it takes to make this program so successful. And with that I leave you with what success is to me… “Success” Success is born and bred In a hungry soul, that must be fed Success is learned, but can’t be taught. Its enormous wealth That can’t be bought No, currency does not determine success Neither a dollar nor dime Success is a state of mind It can be accomplished in a moment, or in a matter of time Or it can take a lifetime or stand the test of time Sometimes success is not recognized, until after you die Some successes are never complete Some successes are complete just with the opportunity to compete. Some people are successful and don’t even know it While others declare success too quick Some accomplishments can be a chore so taxing You never want to do it Or so enjoyable As soon as you finish You’re ready to do it all over again. Success is being able to influence the next generation That’s consumed by texting and PlayStation They’re poised to be followers But we need leaders Our youth need leaders And someone in their community Like me, a motivational junkie There are different degrees of success And what’s someone else’s failure May be considered success by you It’s not that your standards are low That just may be your plateau What a beautiful word success And although it rhymes with recess I can attest The two words are not synonymous Success is hard work that requires some fails Expect opposition when determination appears Crowds scatter, so stamina is required And be prepared to be alone I don’t like being alone I despise failure even more Success is an ego that can’t be bruised Success is attitude you don’t ever want to lose If after all of this, if success to you is still a mystery Surround yourself by people who are Where you want to be   Original poem Tammy L. Fleming/ master black hairstylist Trendz by Tammy Black Hair Salon        
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:55

Tales from my hair salon chair blog: Sabrina

7:46 am. It was a Friday morning. The phone rung. It was my longtime client, my friend, Sabrina. She is truly an example of a quote I have hanging in my salon which says "Enter as stranger, leave as friends. Over the years, we have become very close.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:55

Brown Sugar Hair Show 2013

It really is a good feeling to be a part of a whole team. So it was euphoria for me last night when the ladies of Trendz by Tammy Hair Salon team came together and showed out for the first ever (hopefully annually) Brown Sugar Beauty Expo.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 05:40

Beautiful Virgin Relaxer

In order to be truly natural your hair must be free from any chemicals whatsoever such as sodium hydroxide,  ammonium thioglycolate etc. So, you are not all natural if your hair is permanently colored. Now some people's hair becomes discolored with age, from the sun's rays or just changing with the season. That's ok.  You are still all natural because you are free from any chemicals. You can have virgin hair at more than one point in your life.  Hair is virgin if you have never had any chemical of any sort on your hair or you did have chemical but you don't anymore.
City of Houston tells Tammy Fleming, single mother, community leader and local small business owner of Trendz by Tammy hair salon, to get a commercial certificate of occupancy license, shut down her business immediately, or pay huge fines. Tammy Fleming, single mother and owner of Trendz by Tammy hair salon, started her life in Houston on welfare. She worked temporary assignments so that she could finance her passion, working in a hair salon. In 2001, just 5 years later, she purchased a residential/commercial property at 6915 Scott Street in Houston, TX.
Saturday, 29 December 2012 07:29

The Big Chop "Going Natural"

Many black girls such as meself have been getting chemicals relaxer, perms, and/or hair coloring for as long as we could remember. We didn't start it, our parents did, but all we know is that every 4 to 6 weeks it's time for a relaxer retouch. We never even knew what our natural hair pattern looked like because just one day past the time for our perm, it seems like our hair become unbearable.
Monday, 29 October 2012 00:00

“Going Natural” or “The Big Chop”

Many black girls such as me have been getting chemicals relaxer, perms, and/or hair coloring for as long as we could remember. We didn't start it, our parents did, but all we know is that every 4 to 6 weeks is time for a relaxer retouch. We never even knew what our natural hair pattern looked like because just one day past the time for our perm, it seems like our hair become unbearable.