Q. Why did you become a hairdresser?
A. I became a hairdresser because it makes people feel good! Growing up, I was always doing people’s hair before events, everyone from my mom to my friends. I even gave my friend terrible cornrows once. I started my career at a beauty school in San Francisco about 10 years ago, worked at a salon in Palo Alto, and then came to Texas.
Q. What was your childhood dream job?
A. A triple-threat actress, singer and dancer.
Q. What is your favorite thing about working at PIN Salon?
A. The relaxed vibe and friendly people.
Q. How would you describe your personal clientele?
A. They are an outgoing, laid-back group of people who come from all walks of life.
Q. What are some characteristics of the haircuts you create?
A. I like haircuts that are classic, edgy, and versatile. I like to give my clients haircuts that can seamlessly go from office hours to happy hour. It’s also important to me that my clients are able to easily style the cuts that I give them by themselves.
Q. Which haircuts do you hope will phase out, and which do you hope will replace them.
A. I’d like to see long layers phase out. I think people should start embracing what looks good on them, not just what they see on everybody. Having super long hair doesn’t mean that you have great hair. What’s the use of having long hair if you do nothing with it style wise? I hope that people will start leaning towards cuts that work for them, something that looks effortless and chic.
Q. What trends are you seeing for summer?
A. For summer, I like textured mid-length cuts. This is a very versatile style, you can air dry it for a soft, bohemian look, or blowdry it out for a smooth, sleek finish. The color trend I’d like to see this summer is people embracing their natural hair color.
Q. What are your go-to hair products for the summer?
A. There are two, Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime balm, and Initialiste serum. Initialiste will keep your scalp moisturized, and thus give you healthy hair. Elixir Ultime is multi-purpose: it keeps ends moisturized, smoothes down fly-aways, can be used as a treatment, or you can slather some on your hair before you go swimming to protect your hair shafts.
Q. What are some general tips for keeping your hair healthy in the summer?
A. Less is more. Don’t be over-styling it with hot tools and heavy products. Embrace the Texas heat, wear your hair up in a cute updo to take the stress off your hair. And if you’re swimming a lot, it is important to get your hair trimmed regularly. Depending on your goals, we recommend getting your hair trimmed every 8 weeks.
Q. Which celebrity has the best hair in your book?
A. Victoria Beckham – everything about her is perfect.
Q. Any advice to clients?
A. Always be on time, that way we have the maximum time to work without being rushed by the next client.
Q. Who is your favorite hairdresser?
A. David Wager, who calls himself a “Daymaker.” I respect his philosophy that as a hairdresser, it is up to us to make someone’s day. While we might be battling our personal woes, when someone is in our chair, it is our job to put our own funk aside to make our client’s day.
Q. Anything in particular you want your clients to know?
A. As much as it’s a haircut, I want my clients to know that the conversations we have in the chair don’t just end there. I consider my clients as friends.