Q: How did you get into being a stylist? How did you get to this point in your life?
I wanted a space for young talent to grow in a safe environment; to give back to this next generation that wants to work in a place that empowers others.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about owning your own salon?
Doing it all! I’d like to step back from behind the chair and focus more on the business, on giving my team the tools for success. I want to foster an open and safe communication culture, where praise happens publicly, and critiques are behind closed doors. Managing stylists and personalities comes easily to me. I think what makes me a better leader is to constantly motivate and open doors for creativity.
Q: What is your best moment about the journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
I’m also an educator for Wella Professionals, and two years ago I won “Educator of the Year.” That was one of the proudest moments in the journey. I feel like I’m here to give back, to educate, and to help my team learn and grow.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond, that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
My mom took me to my first hair show when I was 10 years old, and there I saw Robert Cromeans, a top artist for Paul Mitchell. He was teaching about dreadlocking hair, and I went home and immediately tried it on myself. I wanted to do what he does, teach and entertain.
Q: What is your salon’s unique approach to beauty and style? How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
We’re all about luxury services that maintain the health and integrity of hair. We can do wild stuff, too, but if it’s not healthy, it’s not going to look pretty. Enter VirtueⓇ. That’s why we love that it’s all about transforming and renewing hair.
Q: Who would you say is a true “style icon” in terms of beauty, fashion, life?
Jennifer Garner. I admire people who are approachable; if you bumped into them on the street, they’d probably be kind and relatable, and they’re not always all done up. I love that realness.
Q: What is your favorite trend/style?
I love a lived-in balayage look with beachy, undone waves. My sign is Cancer, so I love water and beaches, and I’m drawn to anything that gives you that relaxed, “just walked off the beach” look.