Q: Can you tell us more about your background and your journey? What made you decide to become a colorist?
I decided to become a colorist because I worked and assisted with some amazing colorists, both Australian and British, in the early stages of my career. It was also a great era of coloring, as we were doing big color transformations. Color was impactful. I loved the way you could really change a person’s look with color, so this inspired me to become a colorist.
Q: What insights do you have for the pro community regarding re-openings/navigating the new normal?
We are a little more fortunate in Australia, as we don’t have as many cases, but in our business, we have implemented a lot of systems that allow us to take as many precautions as possible. We are also operating at a sustainable and consistent level; we are allowing more time for each appointment and not overbooking, which allows us to take all the additional precautions and hygiene practices.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from your journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
I got offered a spot on an education team early in my career, and later on I became the Color Ambassador for that company. Education took me all around the world, from London to New York, working on really big shows and seminars globally. I got inspired by some of the world's leading talent and that experience early on really kept me ahead of my game.
Q: Is there anyone in the industry or beyond that you really admire, or someone who inspired you in your career?
Annie Humphreys was a standout during my early career. She was so inspirational and I got to assist her at some hair shows. There were lots of other people that I assisted and worked with at the time; I was like a sponge during the early stage of my career, living and breathing hairdressing and taking it all in!
Q: How do you define a “success” after a client leaves your salon?
Simple: How does that person feel when they leave the salon? If they feel amazing, empowered, more confident, more positive, then that’s success.