Q: What insights do you have for the pro community regarding re-openings/navigating the new normal?
We’re doing everything we've always done, but just stepping up the game on our cleaning protocol. We’ve got spray bottles and paper towels everywhere, which makes it easy. I have a lightweight mask that I’ve really enjoyed wearing; it helps with the fumes, and I might even keep wearing it after this all ends.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break”?
Opening my own salon. I had been doing hair for 15 years. I did a good job, but I wasn’t charging my worth. After I opened my salon and started building a team and teaching people, I realized that I have a lot to offer. Now I charge my worth and don’t have to feel bad about it.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond that you admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
I love Lisa Walker. She always has great pro tips and covers basic things like a proper foil to more complicated processes like toner formulation.
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
Seeing a big smile on a client’s face. Them being really excited about their color or cut and wanting to rebook an appointment, sometimes sooner than they need to just to come back and see me.
Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind after work?
A nice, big ole glass of wine.