Q: What insights do you have for the pro community regarding re-openings/navigating the new normal?
One of the biggest things that I’ve learned––and that I try to incorporate into my business––is making sure that we’re considering everyone’s feelings. We can’t assume that other people feel the way we do. Our mask mandate has been lifted so that if you’re vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask. If the client is more comfortable with us wearing a mask, we wear it; if they’re comfortable with us not wearing a mask, we won’t. We want to do whatever will make them feel most comfortable.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
If you feel that you’ve arrived, you may stop growing. But there are a few moments where I felt like, “Wow, I’ve done this,” like the five or six fashion shows and presentations I’ve done in Europe and London. That was such an inspiration. It motivated me to open my own salon.
Also, here in town we have Laughfest, a huge fundraiser for Gilda’s Club, which raises money for cancer. I’m the headlining makeup and hair artist, so I’ve done hair for Betty White, Martin Short, Kevin Nealon, and more. It’s cool to do the hair, makeup, and wigs for these people I’ve watched on SNL. It’s amazing to be a part of something this big, and to feel that people trust me to do their hair and makeup for something this important.
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
When they tell you that you changed their day––we did more than just give them a haircut or a blowout. If they come in in a funk and leave feeling good or better about themselves and ready to take on the day. To me, success is making people feel good from the inside out.
Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind after work?
When it gets nicer out, going for a walk or bike ride with my family, or going out to eat. Just being home with my family after work has been really nice. Since Covid, we’ve created some special spaces around our house and outside.
Q: How do you like to stay up to date on the latest trends, techniques, and styles?
I do a lot of research on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. I love taking classes, seeing what’s new, and talking to other people to see what they’re doing and where they’re getting their information. I’m always trying new or different techniques to potentially create something that’s our own.
Q: What’s a trend that you hope comes back? Never goes out of style?
Comes back: A bob. It turned into a lob and all these other things. I love a bob or a pixie. Also, wearing your hair natural, especially since Covid.
Never goes: A good blowout. I created my business perfecting our signature blowout, which is now our claim to fame. It's transformative without any color or treatment, and in just 45 minutes.