Q: What insights do you have for the pro community regarding re-openings/navigating the new normal?
I always try to put myself in the guest’s shoes. We’ve been back to work in Atlanta since mid-May, and even though I’m used to navigating the “new normal” and keeping my space safe, the guests may not have left their home in weeks and may be more nervous about their environment. I make sure they’re aware of the precautions we’re taking and that my assistants keep everything to my standards of clean.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
My biggest career moments all happened when I worked in Beverly Hills. It was constantly amazing and humbling to work in a salon with so many celebrities and icons coming in, and to feel like I “made it” in the hair world.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
My biggest inspirations have been the people I’ve been lucky enough to work under, like Tracy Cunningham and Chris Greene at Mèche Salon. Working there, and with them, changed my entire approach to doing hair. I’m also inspired daily by Dyana Nematalla, who owns Sirene Salon. She has created something that was truly lacking in the South: a high-end salon with stylists who all trained in either New York or Los Angeles.
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
I’m a people pleaser to a fault, so creating a color and style for someone that is exactly what they had in mind and makes them feel their best is the ultimate success.
Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind after work?
Spending time with my husband and son. And a glass of good wine.