365 Salon Group
Why did you choose Hairdressing as your career?
Hairdressing chose me. I've always had an affinity to colour but it started as Make-Up Artistry. Very quickly I realised that hair skills were needed in the make-up industry to advance. Once I started my hair apprenticeship, colour came naturally from day one. As I started to travel, hair was the one thing that globally had no language barrier so I was able to work and live around the world whilst gaining new skills and wonderful life experiences, all thanks to Hairdressing.
What aspect of Hairdressing is your ‘area of expertise’ and what do you enjoy most about it?
Design. I am really good at seeing the big picture and mentally breaking it down into smaller, more manageable parts. I think this comes from my years of doing both Hair and Make-Up. I also think in pictures, so find it very easy to visualise a haircut or placement of colour and where that will sit in a finished style. What I enjoy most about this aspect of my skill set is that I'm able to work with other stylists to collaborate on either cut or colour whilst still creating a cohesive style.
What do you love about Hairdressing and what frustrates you the most?
I love the people factor in hairdressing. There is nothing more gratifying than watching the joy a client gets when they see themselves at the end of an appointment. So many days I'd walk home with the knowledge that I changed someone's day for the better. People can also be the most frustrating as well, especially when it comes to expectation. Over the years, I've realised it's better to under promise and over deliver.
Who are your industry icons and why?
I don't have an industry icon as I feel all hairdressers have something that makes the industry special and their daily effort is what inspires me. We have amazing stylists and colourists in our network whom I love working alongside.
What product can’t you live without and why?
I love Marula Oil Rare Oil Treatment. I practically bathe in it. It's definitely part of my daily ritual. I love how my skin and hair feels and smells when I use it without leaving oily residue.
How do you challenge yourself?
I'm always striving to advance, to get outside of my comfort zone. Whether that be enrolling in a course to up-skill or learning from others in the industry. I'm always striving to be better as I believe there is always something you can learn. You can never be over-educated or over-dressed.
Why did you take the steps to become an Educator for 365 Salon Group?
Education is key in my book. There is nothing you can't achieve with the right information, teachers or desire to learn. Education was a natural progression for me from being a stylist. I enjoyed teaching students how to become hairdressers but I missed the on-going relationships that I had with my clients. Becoming an educator for 365 solved that. I can still educate the industry whilst nurturing the relationships with our salons.
What are the most important things to your salon and the Hairdressing industry?
Adaptation and Innovation. The Australian Hair Industry is changing and without adapting and coming up with new initiatives, it is easy for salons to fall behind. I think as an industry we need to work out how to make changes for the better.