Q: What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
One of my favorite memories is when my boss, Lisa, came back from a Vidal Sassoon cutting class and taught me what she learned. She went through her notes about the techniques and all the lightbulbs went off; everything just came together. It was like Christmas. I’m still searching for my big break.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond, that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
My grandfather still is a great influence on my journey; he was always able to provide advice and encouragement. Now that he’s no longer with us, I try to keep him in the back of my mind and use his insights to learn and grow. I also have to give Lisa a big shout out, because if she didn’t take a chance on me and teach me, I wouldn’t have the career I do today. I’m very thankful for her.
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
Communication is key, so it’s important that you’re both on the same page, understand where your inspiration is, and where your end goal should be. I gauge their initial reaction when I turn their chair around at the end of their visit. Touching their hair and looking at themselves in the mirror says so much more than they can verbalize.
Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind after work?
Running. I started running more seriously the last couple years. Recently I’ve upped my game. This year I started training for a 50-miler and the Chicago marathon. Virtue® actually gave me products to raffle off for it, which raised so much money for the Ronald McDonald House. The Chicago Marathon was cancelled, but I’m still going to run the 26.2 around my hometown. I asked people to donate to a good cause, and I can’t ask that without doing my part. It helps me stay positive and put my best foot forward in my career as a stylist, as well as in my personal life.
Q: How do you like to stay up to date on the latest trends, techniques, and styles?
I love education; this industry is constantly changing. I try to take as many classes and go to as many shows as I can. I also look to my colleagues. Instagram and social media are huge, but I’ve always said there’s no such thing as too much education.