What is the most important thing you want your students to take away? It’s about connections and how you treat people around you that will be a big part of your success!
What keeps you inspired /motivated? I am always inspired by the moments when students achieve their goals: Celebrating a level 1 victory! Lining up work experience! Passing an exam, relief! Doing their first haircut! Experiment with a new foil pattern…
What are some of your biggest achievements? My family No 1, Tim and our kids Robin & Ben!
Who has been your biggest inspiration and why? Can’t pinpoint one person/ experience. Shout out to my family who has always been supportive.
Industry inspirations include: Noreen Merrick, a family friend, taught me how to do basic braiding in my grandma’s kitchen. Trevor Pick, hair school educator, introduced me to helping at a hair show with L’Oreal. Chris Barron, Redken educator. Learned how to do scissor over comb. Mary Lou Hammond, employer at “Toppers” salon. I can hear her say “Save your back and pump up the chair!” Guess it takes a village to raise a hairstylist! Lol.
What have been some obstacles that you’ve faced in your career? How have you overcome them? Owning and operating two salons. I found myself “wearing too many hats”. Realized quickly that I needed help with areas that weren’t my strengths. Like accounting, advertising… so l either got help or learned how to do things efficiently. This allowed me to spend more time & energy being with my client!
What are your favourite services or area of your career that you enjoy the most? Women’s colours (placement & formulating colour).
What is the one piece of advice you wish someone would have given you? Have a financial plan. Start planning/saving early for loans, business plans, retirement, emergencies, holidays…
Is there anything else you would like to share /add? You get what you plan for, think about and put into action.