H: When did you first know you wanted to work with hair?
A: I knew I wanted to work with hair after I had an office job doing home equity loans when I was 20 years old. I realized after being trapped in a cubicle that I needed a creative outlet where I get to talk to people as well. Doing hair was the obvious choice, so I went straight to beauty school and now here I am!
H: How did you get started?
A: I couldn't figure out where exactly I wanted to live and start my career at first. I spent two and a half years in a training program in San Francisco and then decided I needed more sunshine and I wanted to pursue editorial styling in addition to working in the salon. I found Hairroin Salon and fell in love with the people and the style.
H: Who has been your mentor? and What was their greatest piece of advice?
A: I was very fortunate to start out at a salon where I looked up to every stylist and their work inspired me in different ways. I got to assist Amita Moticka, director of Di Pietro Todd Academy and owner of their Mill Valley location. She taught me about the finesse of blowdrying and styling, as well as precision cutting.
After moving to LA, Sarah Merrie became a great mentor to me. She calls herself a hair nerd, I think she is more of a scientist. She knows everything about everything about color. Her greatest advice was that perfect practice makes perfect!
H: What's your specialty?
A: Cute, short haircuts.
H: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Giving back to the community is important to me. I heard of a charity through Janine, called Choose When to Lose. It's an organization that arranges haircuts for children and teens who are losing their hair from chemotherapy or other treatments. I volunteer with them and was picked for Chosen Heart of the Month.
H: Where do you hope to take this career in 5 years from now?
A: In five years from now I would like to have a steady balance of being busy in the salon and doing magazine shoots consistently as well as going on tour with a band and seeing the world while doing what I love!