Q: Can you tell us more about your background and your journey? What made you decide to become a stylist?
I started off as a dance teacher, for 8 years. I was inclined towards fashion. I never intended to be a stylist -- my mom and I loved getting our hair done and I thought, “Oh this looks fun!” I tried it and loved it.
Q: What insights do you have for the pro community regarding re-openings/navigating the new normal?
The job has changed. I love that we get to spend more time with our clients for each service. I think the biggest thing is being sure to book enough time between each client to clean and mask up. I think that for the clients it’s more enjoyable because the service is more one-on-one, so it’s beneficial for both the client and stylist. I think it’s good for the industry.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
When I won the L’Oréal Color Trophy in 2019. As a young hairdresser, it’s been great to get to know other hairdressers and for them to get to know me. Going to Paris, shooting looks, and coming up with the upcoming trends was amazing.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond, that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
The owner of The.Space Hair, Soul, Beauty, Carla Rose.
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
It’s exciting when clients want to book their next appointment and buy at least one product before they leave the salon.