West Seattle 206.535.2595
Balayage, advanced foil techniques, tonal corrections, corrective color and cuts,
long layered cuts, precision cuts
Licensed stylist since 2005
At VAIN since 2017.
What do you love about doing hair and why?
I love that each day brings new opportunities and challenges. Most people have previously colored hair so hat new look you want can be a corrective process that takes patience and skill. I love working with them to map out a realistic plan to get to the look they’re envisioning. I also really enjoy doing corrective cuts, because we’ve all had that haircut that didn’t go as planned. No need to hide until it grows out -- let's fix it!
What's your secret weapon for great hair?
Listening. It’s the best way to get people a style that they can achieve at home. I ask my clients how much time they want to spend styling their hair and work with them to create a style that’s wearable and effortless. (Kevin Murphy Hair Resort and Doo Over never hurt either!)
What are your hair style influences?
All the editorial styling at Free People. Beachy, undone, bohemian. Sign. Me. Up.
What inspires you as a hairstylist?I draw inspiration from a number of sources – nature, art, photo shoots, and my colleagues, who are always up to great things.
What's your approach with new clients?
With new and returning clients alike, I’m all about making sure that we have a shared understanding of what they’d like to achieve. Once that’s sorted, we can get into how to get there. Sometimes it takes more than one appointment to get to the look you’re envisioning. Rest assured that I’ll work with you to make sure that we both know what it will take for us to get to your desired look.
What's the best hair advice you've ever been given?
Don't wash your hair daily! Dry shampoo is your best friend -- when used correctly, it can be a huge time saver.
What inspired you to become a hairstylist?
Oddly enough, I used to be a veterinary technician and found that I loved helping the dog groomer. It made me realize that I wanted to do similar work (but without getting bitten!) so I left the veterinary world behind and enrolled at the Paul Mitchell School. Not the path you might expect, but I love where it’s taken me.
Tell us about your education and professional experience.
When I was 19, I started my training at the Paul Mitchell School in south Florida. From there, I became assistant to an LA-based makeup artist and stylist who I worked with for five years. During that time, I ran the apprentice program and enjoyed helping others get their careers off the ground. After that, I opened my own salon and learned so much from that experience. I’ve taken all of Aveda’s master classes, studied at the House of Bumble, and also learned Vidal Sassoon cutting techniques in Miami.
Life/interests outside of VAIN?
When I'm not working, I’m likely on the trails with my son and my partner or in the yoga studio to escape my wonderfully silly toddler for an hour. I'm learning the importance of self-care and love visiting women’s spas in the area.