Q: How did you get into being a stylist? How did you get to this point in your life?
After losing my hair dresser to AIDS, I did a lot of walks for the cause. That’s where I met Eric Checka, who encouraged me to go to hair school, and promised me an opportunity when I was done. There was a lot of support from the stylist community.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about owning your own salon?
There are a lot of challenges that come with a big salon. Running a private salon is so much easier. With big salons, it can be difficult to keep up the education aspect. In my current situation with my private salon, we can set aside time to get on Behind the Chair, Instagram, and other resources to keep up with trends and stay educated. Overall, though, I’ve been lucky because so many of my clients have been with me for years. My client, Deboarah, has been with me for more than 28 years.
Q: What is your best moment about the journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
A long time ago I did Sandra Bernhard’s hair—she is an idol of mine. I’ve done Brittany Howard’s hair (from The Alabama Shakes). I wouldn’t do hair for a big show, but doing it personally for my idols feels special. I’ve had the pleasure of doing hair for a lot of women in politics as well, which I’m proud of.
Q: What is your salon’s unique approach to beauty and style? How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
I think success is talking with clients about their needs, and reevaluating that as their lives change; trying new things when clients want to; staying in contact with clients to make sure they’re still loving their hair after a few days.
I like having a beautiful space for them to come in to, from the music to the hot tea to the décor. I want them to feel comfortable, and like they’re able to say anything. A huge advantage to having a private salon is that it’s just the two of us.
Q: Who would you say is a true “style icon” in terms of beauty, fashion, life?
Diane von Furstenberg and Linda Roden. She’s a silver haired maven.
Q: What is your favorite trend/style?
White shoes, a lob with layers, or a shaggy bob.