Trendsetter to Know: Mimi Armenteros

Name: Mimi Armenteros

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Title: Salon Owner and Curly Hair Specialist at Dream Curls Salon

Married/Single: Married

Kids: one boy, Eben – 26 and two girls, Emnet – 24 and Ashly – 23

City you live in: Deer Valley

A typical day in my life includes…

my morning starts with my curly hair puppy licking my face to wake me up so I can let him outside; then I jump into my shower, fix my crazy curly hair and take a moment to sit in silence for meditation with my eyes closed but my mind and my heart wide open, filled with love, peace, and stillness. A few minutes later I open my eyes and run for my cup of coffee, ready to face the challenges of the day. I own a hair salon in Old Town Scottsdale.  I’m a curly hair specialist and I help men, women, and children struggling with unruly, frizzy hair. I turn their bad hair day into a GREAT hair day. They’re happy and so am I. In November, I’m launching a curly hair product line called Curl Bliss so in between my appointments, I make phone calls, respond to emails, and organize my business affairs. Having my own hair product brand has been a long-time dream of mine along with some other projects that are in the works. It’s an exciting time and I love what I do!

I was born…

in Ethiopia.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

Fall and Winter.

I’m listening to…

Lira “Feel Good”.

My family…

is the center of my life; I care and try to nurture the relationship I have with each member.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my husband.

One thing I cannot live without…

Injera (an Ethiopian soft bread made out of teff that looks like a thin pancake).

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a lawyer.

I’m inspired by…

people who help others.

The one person who motivates me is…

my cousin Veronica who started “Our Home”, a dining shelter for those in need. She made a difference in her community of Waldorf, Maryland.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

to wipe out racism.

The perfect day would be…

hanging out with my old friends and laughing.

My first job was…

in sales.

My favorite escape…

Korean Bath House.

My life…

despite some setbacks in my family, I’m still able to count my blessings and keep my head up and smile.

I’m currently working on…

Curl Bliss curly hair product.

Always…

be grateful.

Never…

hold a grudge.

Favorite Quote…

“We need much less than we think we do.” – Maya Angelo

Biggest Dream…

to start a children’s medical center in Ethiopia where the Ethiopian diaspora doctors could take turns to go treat the unfortunate kids.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

people who eat with their mouth open and they make that chewing noise.



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