What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break”?
After a year of working post graduating from beauty school, I decided I wanted to move to Los Angeles. My boyfriend (now husband) was going to write and I wanted to work at Vidal Sassoon. We took six weeks to drive across the country, camping at all the National Campgrounds along the way. Once we landed, I got a job as an assistant to Jim Wayne in Beverly Hills. Jim was the North American Director of Education for Vidal Sassoon and Tom Brophy was Vidal Sassoon’s Artistic Director here in the US, and in the UK.
The education was very methodical. I got paid nothing for very long hours, but what I learned was invaluable. It gave me the confidence I needed to succeed. I knew I could achieve what the client wanted. I even overachieved at times and got creative, knowing that if they did not like it, I had the knowledge and tools to fix it, ensuring that they would love the final result.
Is there anyone in the industry or beyond that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
There are so many stylists and educators both nationally and locally, each with different skills that I aspire to learn and execute. Ronnie Hawkins, Nick Arrojo, Martin Parsons, Sonya Dove, Tracey Cunningham, Debi Dumas, Karen Kirby Norwood, Jim Wayne, Tom Brophy and the Godfather Vidal Sassoon are a few on my list. It is important to always be teachable, and these are just a few of the many educators who have impacted my career over the decades.
How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
When they can’t stop looking at themselves in the mirror and they rebook before they leave.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after work?
Walking my dog, Orson; roller skating; binge watching British crime shows; and supporting local bars and restaurants. I love discovering new spots downtown and trying new food and drinks.
If you could spend the day with someone who you would consider a “style icon” who would it be? What would you do?