Sheleta Mason: Singer, Songwriter & Stylist

by Tonya Dixon | November 15th, 2014
Sheleta Mason (Photo by Perfect Lenz Photography)

Sheleta Mason (Photo by Perfect Lenz Photography)

Sheleta Mason has been experimenting and doing hair since she was in high school, and she has been singing for as long as she can remember. How do the two relate? They don’t other than they are the two things that perfectly describe and reveal the purposes of the woman she has become. Mason is a singer and stylist. Neither takes precedence over the other because she realizes they are both God-given talents and she has been entrusted with the awesome responsibility of nurturing, cultivating and growing them to the best of her ability. In a sense it’s somewhat of a gift of thanks back to the giver.

As grateful as Mason is to have the ability and knowledge of a stylist she will be the first to admit that she was initially disinterested in the idea of learning the trade. Why? Because no 10th grader wants to spend free time going to more classes and studying more information. Doing hair and experimenting on family, friends and herself was cool and fun, but when it threatened to cut into her social life, she jokes that was crossing the line. Thankfully, her mother, who was a professional stylist, recognized her daughter’s gift and enrolled her anyway, despite her objection. For the next two years, she attended high school and Carolina Beauty College. In addition, she also worked a part-time job. The workload was obviously challenging and difficult, but ultimately it all paid off. She realized she really did have a gift and passion for the craft. Moreover, the sense of accomplishment and pride she felt in herself when she graduated from both high school and beauty college in 1998 was unexplainable. “At first I didn’t want it to interfere with my social life, but I really understood what I had accomplished when I graduated from both of them. Unlike many of my friends, I already knew what I was going to do after high school. I didn’t have to wonder or guess,” Mason says.

Mason has never shied away from hard work or dedication, nevertheless the challenging schedule she faced getting her degrees wouldn’t be the last time she faced difficult circumstances. Undeterred, she never gives up, but always relies upon the one thing she has found to be the only consistent, dependable and stable source in her life. She leans on what she has been taught her entire life—her faith in God.

In fact, Mason says practically everything she has ever done or attempted to do has been a walk of faith. After graduation she knew she would be working at her mother’s salon, but having enough clients to survive financially was an entirely different manner. However, when the opportunity arose for her to finally have her own booth in the salon she jumped at it; even though that meant quitting her part-time position, which basically helped

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