Q: What insights do you have for the pro community regarding re-openings/navigating the new normal?
It’s been interesting to say the least. I follow my clients’ lead. Most have been coming in very reluctant in the beginning, but have since started to feel a little bit more comfortable each visit.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
I’d say the first break came about five years into my career, shortly after I moved from West Michigan to St. Simons Island. I was too busy to keep taking new clients within the first year of the move. That was that moment that had me thinking, “Wow, I can really do this for a career. I can take care of my family. I can really do this, and do it well!” Now I am growing my own salon and adding more staff. I’d like to think that I’m in the middle of my big break right now.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
Chris Jones. I love watching him cut hair. Several months ago, I had some Virtue® samples at the salon, but was still on the fence about adding a second product line to the salon. Then I was watching one of Chris’ videos and he pulled out Texturizing Spray and I was like, OK! I also love Liz Haven. The way she colors hair is amazing. Also, a good friend who got me into the industry encouraged me to take chances, and it turned out to be incredible for my career and family, so I’m also very grateful for him.
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
That smile. The way they get excited when they look at their hair. When they say, “I’m obsessed with my hair.” That lets me know I did my job to the fullest.
Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind after work?
I have a 7-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. If I’m not working, I am either with my kids or working on my golf game! I don’t have much down time in my life.