1) Where are you from?
2) How long have you been a stylist or colorist?
3) How are you affiliated with Redken?
I am a Redken Specialist, Redken Authority, Redken Certified, Redken Artist.
4) What inspired you to become a stylist or colorist?
I had been struggling trying to find an artistic career that I could support myself with. I had changed my college major multiple times. I went on vacation and was asked by a total stranger "Do you do hair", I replied "No". She then told me "Well, you should". I asked her how she knew she said "I own a salon, I can tell". As soon as I got home I enrolled in beauty school and never looked back. That one moment changed my life, listen to the Universe when it speaks to you.
5) What would you consider to be your specialties?
Haircolor is my speciality. I live, eat, breathe hair color. I also specialize in business, consultation, and client relations.
6) What are your favorite style and color trends at the moment?
I love the on purpose messy thing that's happening now. I have always loved that. I also love that we have a mixture of edgy bright colors and super natural looking beautiful hair color happening at the same time. I love the look of hair that looks like you haven't tried too hard.
7) What Redken products can’t you live without?
Powder Grip 08
, Stay High 18
, Control Addict 28
, and Blonde Idol Custom Tone Conditioner in Violet
8) Do you have any hairstyling tips/tricks for client at-home styling?
First and foremost, products are the KEY!!! The right products will change your life. After that, keep it simple, hair that isn't completely perfect looks more modern. If you are round brushing, rough dry it until it's 80% dry before taking the brush to it. Invest in a good blow dryer.
9) Where do you find inspiration for coming up with new styles?
I find inspiration everywhere. I just let it strike me. Mostly it comes from a mixture of things I see around me. Nature, art, music, fashion, street art/style, kids hair. Everything. If I think it's beautiful I try to figure out a way to replicate it in a wearable hair color. I love the juxtaposition of natural, and edgy. I love creating a punk rock color that's sophisticated enough for a corporate attorney to wear.
10) What has been a personal career highlight for you?
I just was part of the team that created all of the looks for the Redken 2017 collection. Dream come true.
11) What impact has Redken made on your career?
Honestly, it has impacted every aspect. Redken has inspired me to be the best version of myself in all aspects of my life. Because of the education and encouragement I have received from them I have personal, financial, and creative freedom. Learn, earn, and live better is not a cheesy marketing line. It's the real deal. Because of Redken I can say "I beat the system"
12) Do you have a favorite Redken moment and why?
My favorite Redken moment? I've had so many. Photo shoots, shows, hair color certification, classes all over the country. My favorite moment though was when I went through my Redken Specialist training and the spark was ignited. I asked the facilitator (Marianne Servidio) how I could be like her and she gave me all the encouragement and info I needed to make my dreams a reality. Sometimes the smallest moments are really the biggest. Without that moment I would've never experienced all those big moments.
13) Do you have a favorite Redken class and why?
The Exchange is by far my favorite. Start with any of the Know Whys. Color and Know Why catapulted me into a different stratosphere.
14) Do you have any tips for someone working a fashion show or photoshoot for the first time?
If you are working a photo shoot; Stay calm and come prepared for anything!!!! Your kit better have everything in it from shears, and color brushes to office supplies. Be ok with relying on your team. We all have each other's back.
15) What’s it like working backstage during a fashion show or behind the scenes at a photoshoot? What are some of your most memorable moments?
Photo shoots are a ton of work, but it's worth every second. The biggest reward is seeing you and your teams blood, sweat, and tears come together in that one perfect shot. It's exhilarating. With photo shoots you have to rely on your team to make it happen. When you have the right team it's magic. On shoots you are either going 10,000 miles an hour or 2. You just have to be ready to jump from 2 to 10,000 in one second. The memorable moment? When a 16 hour day gives you an incredible payoff in that one perfect shot that brings you to tears.