Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond, that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
Definitely my mom. She is such a visionary, a hustler. She’s so passionate about the industry. Right out of high school, she went to beauty school, and was one of those people who just knew exactly what she wanted to do and did it.
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
When they leave grinning ear to ear (even under their mask you can see their eyes get squinty) or they say things like, “Oh my gosh, I never thought that I would feel this way.” But it’s more than just, Wow, I look really good (which is also great!). It’s when that piece connects to their confidence that the team really hit the nail on the head.
Q: If you could spend the day with someone who you consider a “style icon” who would it be? What would you do?
I have to go with my OG always: Beyonce. She’s not only a style icon, but also a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist––just very savvy. I would want to follow her around all day, to learn something, and see how she moves and operates, so that I can understand the keys.
Q: How do you like to stay up to date on the latest trends, techniques, and styles?
A lot of the trends I like to stay up to date on have to do with customer service and experience. As far as the technical, I like to empower my team to choose and stay up to date, then I do the due diligence of understanding what makes sense for our client base. My mom is so involved in the technical trends with being a full-time hair color educator, so she’s also a great resource.
Q: What’s a trend that you hope comes back? Never goes out of style?
What comes back: Fringe bangs. I feel like it is coming back already. I absolutely love this trend.
Never Goes: Natural, lived-in color. It’s beautiful on everyone, and manageable for the client and stylist, especially for hair health.