Long, wavy hair. Classic bobs.
Color from subtle to fashion bright.
All kinds of blondes. Color correction.
What do you love about doing hair?
I love the transformation process that comes with a great cut and color. It’s one of the few things a person can do in a few short hours to change their appearance and make themselves feel awesome. While I enjoy the technical side of doing hair, I also love that I get to work with so many different clients. I learn something from each one.
What are some of your specialties?
I love using color to enhance a haircut. Subtle, complexion-enhancing color and polished fashion colors that wear well in professional settings that are two of my favorites. Whether a client wants their look to whisper or shout, I work with them to make their vision happen.
What's your secret weapon for great hair?
A hot tool. Very rarely does someone have hair that doesn't require at least a little effort to make it look great. Fortunately, when it comes to styling tools, it’s a great time to be alive -- there are more options than ever on the market these days.
What are your hair style influences?
Bridget Bardot, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Wood, Gwen Stefani, and Lady Gaga. I love how these ladies’ looks are never stagnant. They’re hair icons because they’re not afraid to make big changes.
What inspires you as a hairstylist?
Color was my first love. When I began art classes in school, I loved how I could create any shade I wanted. The strong knowledge of color theory I acquired then has helped me be a better hairstylist.
Nature and travel inspire me as well. When I saw Thailand’s teal waters, with their interplay of blues and greens, I immediately thought “how amazing would that be as a hair color?” And I love France and Italy for their street styles and lived-in, tousled looks. Women there have a great sense of polished cool.
What's your approach with new clients?
Communication is key. I’ll ask about particular trouble areas and find out more about the client’s daily life and routine, using descriptive words and photos to better understand what the client is going for. I always recommend bringing a photo (or three!) to your consultation so that we know we’re both on the same page. Pictures really are worth a thousand words?
What's the best hair advice you've ever been given?
Instead of drying your hair with a towel, use a T-shirt instead. The T-shirt will absorb excess water while also preventing frizz. Because t-shirts don’t have the roughness of towels, the water sinks into the fabric without roughing up your hair. Microfiber towels have a similar smoothing effect. This method is great for curly-haired folks who are all too familiar with frizzy hair fiascos. It’ll get your hair dry without disrupting your natural curl pattern.
What inspired you to become a hairstylist?
I'm an artist to my core, so when I first discovered the cosmetology field, it was easy to see hair as another medium for imagination. Being a hairstylist lets me live authentically by creating wearable art for clients every day.
Tell us about your education and professional experience.
Since my first salon job as an assistant at age 15, I’ve worked in the field for over a decade. I got my license in 2009 but my education didn’t stop there. I constantly seek out opportunities to learn more. As a stylist, I’ve been fortunate to work with clients from a wide range of background, which has been an education in itself. I was also lead hairstylist and colorist for a local TV news station, so I understand how hair color presents on film and in photos. I use this expertise now to help bridal clients find the right color for their special day.
What about life and interests outside of VAIN?
As a recent transplant to Seattle and VAIN, I’m happy to report a significantly better work/life balance. I'm learning to have a life again away from work and desperately need a hobby. Maybe I'll get back to painting or play Pokemon Go or finally learn the difference between baking soda and baking powder. Who can say!