What attracted you to a career as a stylist?
I just knew I loved the whole idea of runway and photo shoots and making all the glamour happen. Then as I worked through school and in my first year of working behind a chair, I fell in love with making someone feel good about themselves!
How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been behind the chair almost 8 years.
What has your professional journey been like?
It started off slow and I was an assistant for what seemed like forever. But it all paid off in the end! I learned so much from all of my mentors and now I’m happily running my own business and educating for TO.
What is your favorite part about being a cosmetologist?
I love the connection I have with my clients. It’s like having a really huge family!
What motivates you daily?
I have a 16 month old daughter, so she’s a huge part of my motivation. I also strive to always better myself, so I’d say education is a huge motivator too!
How do you approach creating a style for your client?
The art of consultation is key! I never assume my client is going to want the same thing. The number one reason a client tries a new stylist is because they never suggest a change for their client or they aren’t open to something new. I always tell them what I think is best, but I love when my client likes to explore a new look.
What is your favorite service to perform?
It’s definitely either extensions or a difficult color correction, but it’s even better when you combine the two!
What are some of the reasons you offer extensions?
They’re so versatile, you can use them for nearly anything a client needs! They’re not just for people who want mermaid hair. A single pack of hair extensions can help you achieve a color goal without compromising the hair. Just a half pack can give someone with super fine hair the volume they’ve always wanted.
How have extensions impacted your business?
Insert money emoji here! Besides the money though, it’s just made me an all around better stylist.
How do you encourage your clients to take care of their hair, including their extensions?
Brush brush brush! And always use the products I suggest, the health of your hair is my number one priority!
What are some of your favorite “go-to” products?
What have you learned over the last 8 years about the industry and yourself as an artist?
You cannot please everyone all the time. Sometimes their expectations are unrealistic. That is still something that’s hard for me to deal with as a stylist. I want to give you what you want, but sometimes it takes multiple sessions, if it can be achieved at all.
What advice would you offer to new stylists entering the industry?
You need tough skin and you cannot get discouraged easily!
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