What attracted you to a career as a stylist?
I absolutely love creating art. I could never draw in school, so this was the next best thing.
How long have you been in the industry?
I graduated cosmetology school in 2011.
What has your professional journey been like?
I worked for two salons before opening up my own salon. I also worked for Salon Centric for a year while building up my clientele.
What is your favorite part about being a cosmetologist?
Meeting new people and spinning the chair around at the very end of their service to show them the transformation we made. Seeing their faces is priceless!
Tell me about your salon
Teased & Tangled is located in a little Podunk, family-friendly town called Sandwich. Sandwich, IL is your typical country farm town where everyone knows everybody and they are all there to greet you with a smile! Our salon strives to give our guests the most relaxing experience, and delivers fresh, new trends to its clients.
What motivates you daily?
COFFEE! But, in all seriousness, life motivates me. I always strive to reach for the next best thing. I do not like to settle. I love to see what I can achieve next.
How do you approach creating a style for your client?
My clients respect my professional and personal opinion. 99% of my guests have been with me through it all, so majority of the time the guests will sit in my chair and say “do whatever”. However, if they do come in with a certain style or color in mind, I do respect their wishes and we consult until we are on the same page. I ask about their lifestyle, what they like, what they do not like, and what their budget is.
What do you do to make sure your clients leave feeling happy and beautiful?
I do my best at delivering my best services. Along with a cup of joe, or a glass of wine, I make sure my guests are comfortable and relaxed in my salon. That way we built a friendship/relationship with trust being the key factor.
What is your favorite service to perform?
EXTENTIONS FOR SURE! Especially the most challenging ones.
How long have you been offering extensions?
Roughly 5 years.
What are some of the reasons you offer extensions?
To add fullness, volume, color, and length, and for my clients to feel beautiful.
What type of extensions method do you prefer and why?
Personally, I love the tape-in method for its easy install and removal. But I also do enjoy the strand-by-stand fusion method because it allows me to be creative.
How have extensions impacted your business?
Offering extensions has definitely impacted my income. It has given me a fully booked clientele. Those extension clients just keep on coming back and they have provided me for the financial security and loyalty every hairstylist craves.
How do you encourage your clients to take care of their hair, including their extensions?
I promote proper at-home maintenance. I educate them on the differences between over-the-counter products and professional products.
What are some of your favorite “go-to” products?
I love purple shampoo for my blondes!
How do you see the hair industry changing?
VERY RAPIDLY! Every single day our industry changes. It definitely keeps us all on our toes. I see older styles coming back into play along with so many new things. The science behind the hair products, and the knowledge we have behind the techniques is unbelievable and I feel that there is so much to share!
What have you learned over the years about the industry and yourself as an artist?
I have learned that it is not all about the “hair”. It is about the experience. I have grown to know and love so many of my guests who have molded me into the person I am today. Without them I would not be where I am currently. I am beyond blessed to know that so many love my artistic skills. I have learned that I can be a people-person, and I do have the confidence and courage it takes to live in this industry.
What direction do you see yourself going in the next several years?
Seeing as I just recently opened up my own shop, I would love to continue to grow it. Maybe take on a few more stylists, and make an ever better name for myself in this small little town. I will continue to grow my knowledge and passion for this industry.
What advice would you offer to new stylists entering the industry? HAVE FUN! You have to let loose and “wing” it sometimes. Being a hair stylist is not about following the rules. You have to break them. You have to be open to new things, and change isn’t always a scary thing. Enjoy each and every color service, or haircut, or extension service. You never know where your creativity will take you!