Julia Moore, owner of HAIR BY JULIA and Founder/C.E.O. of Y.L. T.R.A.P.P.E.D.
Y.L. T.R.A.P.P.E.D. (Young Ladies Taking Responsibility and Portraying Proper Educational Development) is a young ladies’ organization, which mentors and models excellence in school, work and at home. Ms. Moore combines the role of a mentor with hands-on experience in guiding these young ladies’ choices in their future careers and as productive members of their community. She has lived in Norwalk most of her life and graduated from J.M. Wright’s Technical Vocational High School. She majored in Cosmetology and has been licensed since 1995. Julia has over 20 years of experience as a diverse hairstylist with Universal Hair Salon, established in 1995. Now she has ventured off on her own with HAIR BY JULIA.
Which encompasses her as not only a Hair Care Specialist but as a Personal Stylist and Educator as well. She has worked with bridal parties, photoshoots, special needs children, fashion shows, and some exclusive private events.
Julia gives back to her community by working with the American Cancer Society as an L.G.F.B. volunteer, cooking for the homeless, providing free services to those in need, helping the young ladies and women of Norwalk and is always caring and nurturing the neglected and underprivileged children of our society. Julia also empowers women through life, health, and prosperity by educating them in alternative ways of achieving success, and always reinvents herself by staying current in all facets of life. Julia stays connected to the hairstyling industry by going to shows and hones her craft by taking classes to increase her skill set and remain current. As an expert in diverse hairstyling, she is continually educating herself to improve and thrive for success as she teaches and helps others to do the same.
Julia Moore has been recognized for her service to youth and young women and her community. She has been a recipient both personally and professionally by numerous organizations, including State Representative Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Jim Himes.
What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
Life was ok growing up. My parents divorced when I was about 6 or 7. After that, it was my five siblings and I (I have an identical twin). We grew up in a rigorous Christian home. Our mom worked most of the time to make sure we had what we needed, not always what we wanted. My oldest brother was still in charge until she returned home.
How old were you when you knew this was your calling, and what would you do for the rest of your life?
I didn’t know what my calling was until later in my adulthood. Upon graduating, I went to a Vocational Technical High School and was also eligible to take the State Board Exam to become a Licensed Cosmetologist. I am also a licensed caterer. I love to cook. Cooking is another one of my passions.
What made you decide to be what you have chosen as a profession today? Who were some of your earliest influences?
My mom played a big part in being who I am professional as a hairstylist and a part of the beauty industry. I don’t think I came in willingly. She encouraged me and told me what I should do, and I just did as she asked. Going to a Vocational High school, I had great teachers throughout my 4yrs that also encouraged me.
What is it about this that makes you do what you do?
What makes me do what I do, Hmmm. I believe it’s a gift that I have been given. I honestly did not realize I had it until I began seeing a pattern in me always helping people, giving to people, and caring genuinely about others and their feelings. I was raised in a caring family and was taught from a young age to love everyone as God loves us.
How difficult is it to maintain a work-life balance? What measures do you take to ensure that you have that?
It’s tough to maintain a balance between my work and home life. Being a single mom is hard, and many days you are just trying to figure it out. Managing to be a mom, a business owner, and running a non-profit all at the same time is very difficult to do. There is no easy measure to take. The only rule I believe works is prayer. I do a lot of praying when I feel stuck or am stuck. After praying, I feel better about the situation without even knowing what the result will be. But praying always works it out for me.
What type of legacy do you wish to leave?
I would like my heritage to be where everyone who speaks or hears my name remembers what a great and awesome woman I was! I want my son and daughter to feel proud of their mom. I need them to know that no matter how hard it gets or how rough it is, you build your faith and keep that faith to survive out here in the world. I want to leave a legacy of caring and love behind. Knowing I did my part of sharing, caring, and giving.
Being in the public eye is not without its consequences, how difficult is it to maintain excellent relationships (those with girlfriends/boyfriends, childhood friends, family, and significant others)? How do you handle that?
It’s tough to be in the public eye. I am very private when it comes to my personal life. I don’t like drawing attention or being the center of attention. With my work and being a mom, it is not easy having a dating life. My focus wouldn’t be on the relationship. It would be mostly on my son, daughter, work, organization, and, most importantly, God. I’m working on getting better at balancing a work-life and social life, and maybe start dating. My daughter is 21, and my son is 14, so I have no more babies. I think it’s time to start a personal life with someone special.
What is the one dream for yourself you most look forward to having come true?
The one goal I look forward to is that my children were well off and successful; that I get married and travel around the world with my husband doing motivational speaking to women and girls, while my business is flourishing under the care of my trusted employees. I always dream of just being happy.
Is there anything else that has not been asked, that you would like featured and brought to the limelight? If so, please, by all means, let us know so that we don’t leave it out.
Well, I think I have answered the most important questions, but I would like to share for the single moms who are raising their children on their own, don’t give up. Don’t get caught up in the system because it seems to make things easier for you. Don’t understand or be comfortable with just taking. Your kids watch every move you make. How you move is teaching them how to drive. Benefit from what you need to benefit from. Learn what it takes to be a mom. Be that mom who fights to make sure your child receives a good education, grows up with morals, and learn they can become anything they choose to become. Help them be a better version of You!!!
Who’s been the most significant influence in your life?
The most considerable weight in my life, Hands down, has been God. Building my faith was a tough one. I took to praying and reading my bible when things got tough and hard for me. Every morning I meditate and say a prayer before leaving home. And the last few mins before I go to bed I pray again and meditate on everything that happened that day. I honestly don’t think I would have made it this far without having faith and being motivated by particular people.
Who do you most admire and why?
Who I most admire? I adore my mom. It’s sad to say this now, but it wasn’t until her passing that I realized how much I admire how much of a WOMAN she was. She was a real one for sure. There is so much I can say about her, but to sum it up, I did not reach my womanhood until her departure. Everything she taught me just surfaced up—all that she instilled in me. I had to bring forth. I now have to walk without her holding my hand. She let my hand go. Now it’s time to show the fruits of her labor and to show the greatness she bestowed upon me.