Q: How did you get into being a stylist? How did you get to this point in your life?
Opening my own salon was always the dream. When I was 13, I said to myself, “I want to open a salon called Tease.” Hair just came so naturally to me in hair school. I came out of school eager, and I’m still eager to learn after doing it for 10 years.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about owning your own salon?
It can be a challenge to keep people motivated. I want to learn as much as I can, so it bothers me when people are complacent. It doesn’t always have to be all about the newest trends, but it's important to stay up to date, especially with the newest efficiencies in the industry and everything online. Dealing with changes in the industry and being okay when motivation in the salon is lacking.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond, that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
For cutting skills, I could watch Chris Jones all day. He makes it look so easy. I watched him at a BTC show a few years ago, and the techniques he teaches have made me more confident with cutting. As for color, I love the lived-in color that Liz Haven is known for.
Q: What is your salon’s unique approach to beauty and style? How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
Everyone at the salon has such different talents. For example, I really go for lived-in textured, effortless looks. But no matter what clients come in for, or who they’ve come to see, we define success by their smile––when a client sees their finished look in the mirror, and they’re smiling so big, they almost bounce out of the salon.
Q: What is your favorite trend/style?
Texture. I love waves in the hair and the natural texture of sun-kissed curls.