QUOTE: “If you don’t love what you’re doing you’re just cutting hair.”
SPECIALTIES: All things color
EXPERIENCE: Lifetime passion, 19 years behind the chair, 6 years Paul Mitchell National Educator, 7 years Salon Owner
Why work at Headcases? Well beyond the fact that I am the owner of Headcases and it may be sending the wrong message if I were to work at a different salon…LOL. Headcases is the most creative and artistic environment, and our passion for our craft fuels everything we do. As a team, we seek out inspiration and ways to keep ourselves growing and challenging
When you’re not doing hair you’re..? I’m a big kid and I love to play. So any free time I get is spent hanging out with my family and 8 year old daughter, Layla. In the summer you can find me at the pool or beach and, in the winter, we have to get a bit more creative. Bottom line, life is precious and I try to experience all it has to offer.
What’s your approach with new clients? I love new clients! Typically, a new guest is unhappy with what they have been experiencing, and I love the opportunity to step up and wow the socks off someone! I believe the most important part of any salon service is the consultation. I am a self-proclaimed consultation guru. I believe if you spend the time really asking the right questions and getting to know someone it’s that much easier to some up with the perfect look for them.
What makes you happy as a hairstylist? That twinkle in my guest’s eye when I turn them around and they see themselves after I just gave them a new look. Nothing is better. (Sometimes I even get a hug!)
What are hair must-haves for your clients? First and foremost, Paul Mitchell Smoothing Irons—it is not possible to find a better iron for the price and your styling options are limitless! Every person should have a bottle of PM Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection and Super Strong Liquid Treatment to repair and smooth daily. Basically, if it’s Paul Mitchell you’re on the right track!
What are the benefits of cutting hair dry? I love cutting dry hair. At least 70% of my cutting is done after the blow dry! I am a visual cutter; I like to see where the hair naturally is going to fall and how it moves. Dry Cutting also allows me to see the color placement and how the lines and angles or texture I am adding is going to play with the color.
How would you sum up curly hair? AMAZING, FUN, SEXY! ...But you better know what you're doing when working with curly locks, oh and I do!
What are you main goals with clients? Education, I want to give my guest the tools they need to recreate all the looks we do in the salon.
What advice would you give someone who wants to change up their hairstyle? Let's talk! Most times people know they want a change, but have no idea what...that's where I come in!
QUOTE: “We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets” -Marilyn Monroe
SPECIALTIES: Short, edgy, spunky haircuts, amazing blowout styles, and shaping brows to perfection!
EXPERIENCE: 11 years as a hairstylist
Why work at Headcases? I wanted to further my career while having fun doing hair.
When I’m not doing hair you’re..? With my boyfriend and my son.
What’s your approach with new clients? To learn their style and create the image they want.
What makes you happy as a hairstylist? When a client comes back and tells you how many compliments they got from random people.
Any hair textures or lengths you really love working with?
I love working with thinner, finer hair and making it look and feel fuller, thicker, and sexier!
What advice would you give to someone in a hair rut? Try something different!
Don’t be afraid of change. You might lose something good, but gain something even
You’re a self-described “hair product junkie”. Tell us more. I love product. I usually
tend to put too much in my hair because I want to use everything all at once! LOL
What do you love about being a hair stylist? I love cutting hair the most. There are
so many variations of any cut. You have no limits!
What’s your main goal with clients? Making sure they walk out the door feeling
QUOTE: “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” A. Einstein
SPECIALTIES: Color, Extensions, Braids, Brows and Make-Up Application
EXPERIENCE: Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy, HeadCases
Why work at HeadCases? – I was blessed to begin my hair stylist journey at HeadCases as an assistant/apprentice while still in school. I got to receive a double learning experience from school and the amazing mentors I had at the salon. There are endless education opportunities and it is such a great atmosphere to be in. I am encouraged to show my creativity each and every day.
When you’re not doing hair you’re…? – I love animals! I am always spending time with my animals. I am very adventurous so a spontaneous road trip, hike, journey is something I am always up for! I am a workout junkie and I love helping others workout and feel great about their bodies… As well as their hair, and if I can make them feel amazing on the inside, well that’s just the icing on the cake! I love reading about anything! The more I read the more I learn.
What makes you happy as a stylist? – I love meeting and developing relationships, so if I can develop a great bond with someone and see them look at themselves with that “I feel so awesome” smile then I know I did my job.
What’s your approach with new clients? – A good consultation! I want to figure out their likes and dislikes about their hair, what they are looking to get out of the experience, and to give them their own personal hair style that keeps them coming back for more!
Any hair textures or lengths you really love working with? – I love when someone comes in with gorgeous full hair! It is so fun to show them that their long hair has so many options! I also love to give those clients with more fine or thing hair a new look that shows them that just a different cut can create more fullness and volume for them!
What’s your main goal with clients? – I want my clients to leave happy and always want to come back for more! I love to hear when I see them again that so many people raved about how great their hair looks! If they feel good then I feel good.
Describe your specialties and why you love them – When it comes to color, I love formulating; it is fun and challenging at the same time. Making that perfect formula that turns out just how you want on someone is such a great feeling! When it comes to doing makeup it is such a delight to teach and show someone that little changes can make such a difference and really boost their confidence! When it comes down to it, I get to be an artist with all of these and that is what I really love and am passionate about.
What are some of your sources of hair inspiration – Pinterest! Pinterest is such a great tool for a stylist and their clients! I love watching runway and seeing the more outrageous styles and applying them to everyday life. Walking around cities and seeing different styles is also very inspiring, when you see someone with a great cut or awesome color it just sparks so many thoughts in my mind!
Describe your own personnel style – It is a rare thing to see me in anything but black. I love black clothes. I channel Audrey Hepburn but add a little bit of an “Emilie” edge to it. Taking basic pieces and turning them up with great accessories or shoes is so much fun. I am always changing my hair! I love my hair long and short… and any chance I can have fun with color I am in! You won’t find me rocking the same style for too long! It is really fun to see how different looks can make you look and feel and I love that!
What advice would you give to someone in a hair rut? – Don’t change anything until you are sure you are ready! Look at magazines, go on Pinterest, and ask your stylist for their expert opinion! A lot of the time one has an idea and is just a little nervous for the change, I feel that with a good consultation we as stylist can give you that change you have been looking for. Hair grows, you only lives once, go for it when you’re ready!
QUOTE: "Use what talent you possess, the woods would be very silent if no bird sang except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
SPECIALTIES: Vintage styling (i.e. Pin-up hair and makeup), and I'm the Eyebrow Specialist.
EXPERIENCE: I began my career in hair August 2000. I was an AIT Educator for TIGI in 2005. Completed a 6 day class in Corrective Coloring at Goldwell. Completed a 4 day advanced color and cutting class at the Toni & Guy Academy in NYC where I received
hands-on training from a NAHA (North American Hairdressers Award) award recipient. Taken numerous classes from Paul Mitchell educators. Attended Buffalo hair show 3 separate
years, and Baltimore hair show 2 separate years. I have also done hair and makeup for 2 separate Pin-up photo shoots.
What's your approach with new clients? I always make sure to have a thorough consultation regarding the past, present, and future of their hair. When did you like it best? What do you like about it now? What would you like to see your hair look like ideally? Then we talk likes and dislikes about past styles as well as presently. Lastly, I always give a complete step by step on how to recreate the look you leave the salon with at home.
What makes you happy as a hairstylist? Seeing someone who came in hating their hair leave loving it.
How would you sum up curly hair? Difficult. I've taken classes specializing how to work with curly hair, as it can't be treated the same as straight hair. The layers need to be cut in a specific way so you don't end up with the dreaded pyramid shape when your hair dries. It needs products specially designed for curls, not mousse or crunchy gel. And, lastly, most people need to be taught how to work with their curls, as I'm saddened to hear that most curly girls have never been properly taught how to make it look beautiful. And it
IS beautiful, I love curls.
What advice would you give someone stuck in a "hair rut"? First of all, look back at pictures of yourself. If you have the exact same style as you did 5 years ago (or longer!), chances are, you need an update. Pictures are a great way to begin. Flip through hair magazines, and bring in any pictures that spark your interest. Also, ask your stylist. Most good stylists should be able to tell you what they think is going to be flattering on you. Always remember, it's just hair. It will grow!
What would you tell someone who's unsure about making a change to their hair?
It's just hair! My hair has been every color from platinum blonde to blue black. I've worn it in a pixie, and one-length past my shoulder blades. Hair is not permanent. A cut you don't like will grow out, color can be changed, and life will go on. That being said, I would never perform a chemical service if I felt it would cause irreparable damage to your hair. I'm also iffy about doing a major cut in response to a traumatic event (break-up or death). I may send you home to think about a major change, but I'm always excited to see you through the experience.
What do you love about being a hairstylist? I get to spend my days chatting with wonderful people and making them look beautiful. Who wouldn't love a job like that?
Most memorable hair-doing experience? The mother of one of my regular clients came to see me with a bad hair color and perm. She told her previous stylist that she wanted to go to her natural (and beautiful) white color, and grow out the perm. The stylist said her hair wouldn't work without the chemical services. I had her go home and wait another month. She came in for a cut, and we cut all the color off, most of the perm that was making her look older than she was, and gave her an adorable pixie cut. She left in tears because she was so happy. A week later, she sent me a box of chocolates with a card saying I had made
her feel beautiful for the first time in years. I still have the card.