"I offer not only skill and experience, I offer an opinion. I feel it is a huge part of my job to steer clients in the right direction of what will be aesthetically right for them."
Why do you think you decided to become a hair stylist?
I wanted to become a hairstylist because really it's where all the cool girls land. Fashion has always been a huge part of my life, and hair has always been a way for me to express myself, so I suppose it was a natural progression. What I didn't foresee was how much I would love doing hair. I couldn't know that I would sleep, eat and breathe hair, and how it's made my life complete. For that I'm grateful.
How did you get your start in the industry? What inspires you?
My start was a lucky one. I got my license through an apprenticeship program, and got to Apprentice under Celebrity hairstylist Muriel Mastey in fabulous Beverly Hills. So not only was I earning hours towards my schooling, I was learning invaluable techniques in doing hair, and life lessons for both in the salon and outside of it. I never know what's going to inspire me or when. It could be something in nature or it could be a feeling felt from music. But I do know inspiration is everywhere, you just have to be open to finding it.
Which iconic hairstyles do you love? Who inspires you?
I'm really loving the 70s right now. I love curls and more natural hair textures, but there also was so much glamour! I think Jacquelin Smith is incredible, but I'm also incredibly influenced by Debbie Harry.
Which skills are required to succeed as a hair stylist?
I think the most important skill is having an eye for what looks good. You can teach technique, but you can't teach someone to instinctually know what looks good or not. However I do think an eye can become more developed if nurtured through fashion and art.
As a hair stylist, what do you offer that can ensure more business?
I offer not only skill and experience, I offer an opinion. I feel it is a huge part of my job to steer clients in the right direction of what will be aesthetically right for them. If I feel that a clients idea is totally not right for them, I'll try to understand what it is they really want. For instance it may not be that plum/auburn color they want, it may be they just want a total change.
On what basis do you recommend hairstyles to your clients?
I'm looking at the total package. I'm not only looking at skin color, face shape, hair type and existing cut. I'm looking at what they're wearing, how they hold themselves, what they do for work, and I always take into consideration the clients taste as well.
Have you ever done a course and where did you do the course? Who have you worked for that you could tell your future clients that you are so proud of?
Not only did I apprentice under, but for most of my 14 years of doing hair were spent working for celebrity hair stylist Muriel Mastey.
What is THE hottest hair trend at the moment? If you had to create a hairstyle for Jennifer Lopez according to the shape of her face, which style would you go for?
I think more natural hair textures are really in right now. Really undone curls and pricier ends. I would love to see J Lo in a really undone bob! I feel shorter hair would make her look incredibly chic!!
Which hair product do you think every women should have? What are your goals for the future? Can we expect a product line from you?
I think every woman needs an incredible volumizer. Even the straightest sleekest looks can use a little volume! I really love doing editorial work! And would love to continue to grow more in that genre.
Do you have any advice for aspiring hairstylists?
My advise to aspiring hairstylists is to a) assist!!! This is the best way to learn. b) never give up. There are going to be so many challenges, but if you power through them the rewards are endless!
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