Q: Can you tell us more about your background and your journey? How did you get into being a stylist? How did you get to this point in your life?
College wasn’t for me, so I ended up going to school for fashion design. One day I went to a Paul Mitchell hair show with a friend, and realized that I could blend fashion design school with my love of design. So I left fashion school and went to cosmetology school. After graduating, I became a national educator for Paul Mitchell. Cutting, styling, color, texture—basically got my graduate degree in hair from great minds who happened to be recreating the education curriculum in all four of those categories.
By then I’d realized I wanted to be an independent hairdresser, so @mac.does.hair was born on Instagram. In 2017, I moved to L.A., and it was amazing, but it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. It was challenging, though I did get some cool opportunities. I worked on the movie Low Low with talented people, and it really inspired me. During that time, a friend offered me the chance to tour with the Rent crew for seven months. It wasn’t my dream, and after a while, I felt guilty taking the spot of someone else’s dream job.
So I went back to Charleston and worked at a good friend’s salon. When his lease ended, I took over. It’s a great space with a lot of history in downtown Charleston. I’ve even been told by clients who are mediums that there are spirits in the building, a male and female who like to hang out around the 2nd floor bathroom.