Q: What was the first hairstyle or technique that you mastered? The hardest?
The first: the Jennifer Aniston cut. The hardest: the Vidal Sassoon academy was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my career. It was so precise. Any Vidal Sassoon collection cut is difficult for me because it’s out of my realm of thinking.
Q: What’s your personal hair routine?
Shampoo daily with Recovery Shampoo and condition with the Restorative Treatment Mask. I’m using the Restorative Treatment Mask daily because my hair is parched. Then I use Volumizing Primer and Un-Frizz Cream, blow dry, then style with Texturizing Spray. To finish, I use the Split End Serum on my bangs. Before I go to bed, I do a coating of Split End Serum all over my hair.
Q: What other things are you passionate about that aren’t hair related?
The elderly in our community; the Athens community council on aging. The poor and elderly is such a forgotten group. That’s what our salon and I support.
Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure to indulge?
Taco Bell, hands down.
Q: How do you manage work-life balance?
Q: What’s next for your career?
I’ve been a stylist for 30 years now. The past 10 years I've owned my own salon. I wanted to mentor young stylists, then have them leave and do their own thing. That’s been really rewarding. As I’ve been mentoring these girls, I’ve seen so much fear and self-doubt. My goal is to only work one day a week, and develop an empowering women’s retreat for women of all ages and career stages.
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Save your cash and know your worth. You do not need Starbucks every day.
Q: Why Virtue®?
I love that y’all have your four charitable partners. It allows for a big impact. It was probably four years ago at a trade show in New Orleans when I saw the Virtue booth. Consumers are so educated these days with the internet and information at their fingertips. There’s no debate when it comes to science, female-owned, and southern roots.
Q: What’s your favorite Virtue® product?
Split End Serum for sure. It literally transforms. Broken hairs around your face are old news.