Meet Pati Plymire
Aka Queen of the South, barber, braider, and cosmetologist
If you like braids (and let’s be real, who doesn’t?), @queenofthesouth512 is the barber to follow. Based in Austin, TX, Pati definitely contributes to the whole “Keep Austin Weird” thing (in the best way possible, obviously). She’s unapologetically herself and her work looks like no one else’s.
Some people just fall into careers, but not Pati. She knew she wanted to cut men’s hair since beauty school, and she was determined to do just that. After school each day, she would ride the bus to a local barbershop where she was finally allowed to practice cutting on the owner’s cousin. She has now been cosmo licensed for six years and Barber licensed for four and a half, but when you look at her work, you see a life’s worth of passion and hard work. That dedication plays out on any given Tuesday—well, at least, after she hits snooze a couple of times.
On her typical Tuesday morning:
6 a.m: My alarm goes off…
6:30 a.m: …And my 3rd alarm goes off. (I’m not sure when I snoozed the second one.) I get up, wash my face, and get workout clothes on, all while my 4 cats are hangrily meowing at me to feed them.
7 a.m: I head to the track down the block for a 2-3 mile jog and a 30-45min upper/lower body workout (with brief stops here and there to check my IG, answer texts and emails, and confirm some appointments for the day on the Schedulicity app).
8:15 a.m: Shower and get ready for the day at the shop. (Plus, love on my fur babies and burn sage and/or palo santo).
9 a.m: Head to Juiceland for my go-to morning smoothie of plant protein, turmeric, and b12).
9:15 a.m: Head to the shop.
9:45 a.m: Prep for a full day.
10 a.m – 7 p.m: I’m booked all day back-to-back with braids and cuts, so I work pretty much non-stop until close. (I need to do better about making time to eat and remembering to stretch my hands in between clients.)
She’s definitely not alone in over scheduling herself sometimes! With Schedulicity, it’s super easy to block off time in the middle of the day for lunch, or some time in between appointments to stretch your hands.
8 p.m: Head home.
8:30 p.m: I get home and make veggie fajitas and agua de sandia. (And love all over my fur babies! Sensing a pattern?)
10 p.m: Mimis time (Sometimes, if I have a hard time falling asleep, I listen to high frequency music.).
On her advice for someone entering the industry:
Work hard for what you want, and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. Don’t compete with anyone except the person that you used to be. What’s meant for you will always be for you.
On the biggest business mistake she’s made:
Not believing in myself and my vision sooner.
On the biggest business risk she’s taken:
Deciding to start traveling to different shows on a very tight budget. Paying bills late to make shows and classes a reality to further my education and craft.
Sometimes these shows can be super educational! While the top expos and trade shows of 2020 aren’t all going to take place in-person, it’s a great list to check out to start planning for the future!
On where she looks for inspiration:
I find inspiration in everything, but mostly everyday things. Things that keep me connected and grounded to the present like nature and places, things, and people that I love. But I have a CRAZY love for symmetry.
On her best technique for getting people to rebook:
Reminding them that I get booked up a couple weeks in advance, so it’s a great idea to rebook before you leave my chair, so your future appointment is secured.
Another way to make sure people are booked prior to leaving your chair is to schedule recurring appointments!
On her biggest client pet peeve:
When people come in with hair that is shorter than 4 inches in the shortest place, which is the minimum length that I’ll work with. If they do that, they forfeit their deposit, and we have to reschedule for a date further out.
Having to reschedule appointments like that is frustrating but absolutely avoidable! With Schedulicity, you control who can book online and who needs to make a consultation appointment.
On one thing that would surprise people about her work:
80 percent of my work is freestyled in the moment.
On how being a female barber impacted her career path:
Becoming a barber saved my life. It took me off the streets and gave me purpose. Being a female was just the cherry on top!
On how her day-to-day business operations have changed since reopening:
They’ve entirely changed. I’ve allotted more time between clients. Everyone’s a ninja now — as in we all wear masks. I use a UV sterilization light, a plastic face shield, gloves…and there’s hand sanitizer everywhere. But we still get to create with love and light.
On why Schedulicity:
Schedulicity came into my life at the perfect moment. I believe connection and feeling like a community or family is important, and that was lacking for me with my last booking app. The energy of everyone on the Schedulicity team and the mission goal of uplifting and empowering everyone to thrive, be successful, and most importantly, be themselves was everything I was looking for. The app itself has made my life so much easier by giving me more time to focus on the creating part of what I love. Plus, I’m able to take deposits and payments while staying connected with my clients. It’s been a game-changer, and I’m definitely grateful for my Schedulicity app and family!