Can you tell us a little about your experience getting into the hair industry?
I attended the Aveda Institute Las Vegas while still performing professionally with Cirque Du Soleil and other shows in Las Vegas. After an injury, I chose to go full time into the hair industry and never looked back.
Who are your mentors? Do you have anyone that you look up to?
Daniel Holzberger is my mentor and happy to call ‘friend’. His passion and talent for cutting hair and his ability to translate it to others is a gift.
How did hair cutting become your specialty?
I chose Hair Cutting while working for the Van Michael Salon group and specialized with advanced education. Eventually, it became my passion.
What advice would you give to someone starting off in this trade who wants to specialize in hair cutting?
Continuing education is key.
Always take the time to truly consult with your client, not just the style they want but whom they are. Know and understand their daily lifestyle.
All of these play a role in creating a “look” for someone that will truly fit them. Our clients should wear their hair, not the other way around. Never be afraid to say NO.
What got you interested in the holistic hair/ lifestyle?
Fitness and health have always been in my life. It was a natural progression.
How do you try to incorporate holistic rituals in your salon? In your own life?
At CALMA, I pride myself on having a fully clean air salon, utilizing the Oway experiences and rituals.
Do you have any advice for salons and stylists who want to switch to a more organic/sustainable line?
Think of it as just changing lanes on an icy road. The road is the same but one lane is healthier, faster and cleaner.
What is your favorite part of our profession?
Being able to create a look specific to an individual that will bring them joy.
Where do you see yourself down the line, career-wise?
Growth and Happiness is all I ask for the rest will come.