When life gives you mugshots, use them to get hairdressing clients! That's how the saying goes, right?
Well, that's how it went for Shia Yearwood. The 24-year-old mother of two and hair stylist from Charlotte, North Carolina certainly turned lemons into lemonade when her mugshot was suddenly broadcast all over Twitter.
Shia told BuzzFeed News that she learned to braid hair when she was only seven years old.Yearwood learned to braid after her grandmother got into a car accident and couldn't use her hands the way she used to be able to.
Recently, Yearwood and the father of her kids split up and they filed restraining orders against each other. When her ex reported her for violating the order, Yearwood turned herself into the police.On January 3, Yearwood was charged with a misdemeanor. She says she was trying to see her son, who was with her ex's parents at the time. Yearwood's mugshot ended up on @CharlotteMugs.
But no one was really concerned with the fact that it was a mugshot.People immediately gravitated to the picture of Yearwood because of her hair. Everyone loved it and wanted to know where she got it done.
Seriously — there were dozens of comments on the tweet of her mugshot.
@CharlotteMugs Love the braids— Hope (@Hope)1515410339.0
So, being the savvy businesswoman that she is, Yearwood decided to retweet her own mugshot and plug her hair business.
#BraidsByShia 🤷🏽♀️ can’t hold me back either. https://t.co/03x1BwtFcB— Snag (@Snag)1515103087.0
Well, they loved it.
@ShiaMilan @Kisses4Keila @CharlotteMugs any Monday or Tuesday slots available?— KING MIDAS 👑🇵🇷🦂 (@KING MIDAS 👑🇵🇷🦂)1515246028.0
Even people who didn't live in Charlotte tried to hop on Yearwood's client list.
@ShiaMilan I’m moving to Charlotte soon sis , are you taking clients ? Lol— Brittany Chanel. (@Brittany Chanel.)1515244029.0
Yearwood says she's booked solid for the next week thanks to new clients she got off Twitter.
@ShiaMilan A business woman! https://t.co/rlZ8IZKnbi— Savia🎨 (@Savia🎨)1515184479.0
Following all the attention, Yearwood reposted her mugshot to Instagram with a heartfelt message.
I keep getting asked to do interviews and tell my story. Lol now y’all know me ... I had the roughest month of my life and this is how I started my new year. Now let me tell y’all how God works. I thought I should take my pic with my braids bc I knew the Charlotte mugshot page was gonna do me dirty lol. So I said f**k it. Ima retweet it and shout out my braids. Now I’m getting asked to do interviews. Give my story. Tell how I turned my negative to positive. THIS IS HOW. Walk in the truth. Stay true to who you are ... Deposits are rolling in. New clients. New reach of people. New support and most of all. I wasn’t broken. I stood up tall and proud and I held my head high bc I wasn’t ashamed of s**t. I let my work speak for itself and I let my God work for me! We turning lemons to lemonade all year baby.