It was 2008, I had just graduated from cosmetology school at the top of my class, and I was ready to hit the ground running. Unlike a lot of my peers, cutting hair came naturally to me. I could look at a head of hair and see exactly what needed to change, visually, and know what, where, and how I needed to cut and carve to create balance (or asymmetry, which was the trend at the time) in the shape of the cut. It was fun because it was easy for me, and I was determined to specialize in cutting, and live happily ever after, the end.
Fast forward a decade and I've traveled across the country to multiple different states for advanced training in... you guessed it: hair COLOR. Hair color wasn't ever my favorite, and although you might hear me blame it on the fact that color trends just weren't appealing to me in my early years as a cosmetologist... well, that's partially true, and the fact that they have changed to much more natural looks is definitely a bonus, but the truth is, I just wasn't good at it for a long time. Cutting hair appealed to me because it was comfortable, and it was instant gratification. Hair color required chemistry, formulation, factoring in things like underlying pigment of the hair and canceling out unwanted tones, learning multiple application techniques, and of course, the 30+ minute processing time that I would often spend sweating, crossing my fingers and thinking, "dear God, I hope this turns out." HA! Ask any hairdresser and if they're honest, they'll tell you they've absolutely had those moments! Shoot, I STILL have those moments!
With loads of continued education and practicing and honing my technique and skills came confidence and a TRUE LOVE for hair color. And just when I didn't think hair color could be any more satisfying, I added Natural Beaded Rows Extensions to my tool belt and began to experience the intense gratification that came with being able to completely transform a woman's hair into something she had only ever dreamed of. That feeling, seeing a woman stare at herself in the mirror in complete awe, watching her smile and hold her head a little higher - it is indescribable to watch, and it has been nothing short of magic.
Making and moving forward with business decisions means sometimes having difficult conversations with people you care about. I truly, genuinely care about the people that sit in my chair and hate turning anyone away. Telling someone I can no longer cut their hair is legit like having to break up with them.
Recently I've decided not to take any more haircut-only appointments. (P.S. If you're a current hair color client, rest assured, you still have the option to get a haircut at your appointment.) Mel Robbins talks about passion in terms of energy - you are passionate about something if it energizes you, if you could spend all day doing it and still want to do more, if hours pass in the blink of an eye because you're enjoying yourself so much... that's passion. Well, I feel fortunate to have found passion in hair color and extensions, and because I am only one person and there are so many hours in the day, I had a decision to make. I want to make a difference in the lives of the people I touch, and though some might not understand it (yet), I believe I can make the biggest difference not only for my clients, but for myself, my family, and for many many others, through making this decision. There's just no question about it anymore - this is what I am meant to be doing.
If you're a current haircut client, it's likely we've already talked about next steps for your hair, but please know that I have a LOT of talented friends in the industry locally and would love to connect you with someone I believe would not only give you a beautiful cut, but with whom you would connect personally.
If you've been considering hair color or extensions, please don't wait any longer. You can use the appointment request feature on my website by clicking here.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support!