Shortly after college and attending cosmetology school, my husband and I moved to Houston, Texas for his career.
I knew no one when I moved there aside from my husband, but through social media and hard work I was able to quickly build a large clientele and following at a high energy salon. I learned so much about marketing and efficiency through this experience. I loved every minute of it and everything Houston had to offer. When my husband accepted a new position in Mississippi I knew I wanted to create a more relaxing environment. I wanted a one on one atmosphere where my guests were the center of attention and I would be free to create and grow as an artist without all of the noise and chaos of a larger salon. Thats where the idea of my private studio began.
Christmas of 2015 we returned to Mississippi to search and explore Vicksburg for studio options before my husband started his job in January and I went back to Houston to continue seeing guests and sell our home there. We searched for the perfect location and nestled on the hillside in downtown Vicksburg we found it. It was the perfect size for a single person studio, but the building hadn't been a business in over seventy years and needed major renovations. We decided the location was too perfect for our vision to turn down. We decided to take on the project. During the remodel, we found a few hidden treasures such as the original beadboard ceiling dated over 140 years old and pieces of shoes and tags from the shoe store that was in that location in the 1930's. After four months and a complete restoration we had my dream studio in the heart of downtown Vicksburg. I received a warm welcome by everyone when I opened my doors in May 2016.
I continued to thrive at this location having the privilege to serve guests from Jackson, Mississippi through
Vicksburg all the way to Monroe, Louisiana and surrounding areas. Within my first year I had to close
my books with a 30+ person waiting list and continual inquiring calls and texts . I gained critical communication and business management skills during this time in my career that continue to support me to today.
Almost immediately after entering the hair industry I became an educator. I was on the Alterna
Haircare team for six years before joining the Sunlights Artisan Team in January of 2019.
Giving back has always been important to me and sharing ideas and teaching other stylists
ways to improve their art and business is beyond rewarding.
"Bettering my best" is my own personal mantra.
As an advocate for education in our industry, I believe knowledge is something that can never be taken away from you. You will never regret investing in yourself and being the best artist and person you can be.
Ive traveled from California to New York seeking elite education to be one of the very best in this industry.
You are never to old or too educated to learn something new or elevate your craft.
As an educator for almost ten years, I've had the privilege of traveling all over the United States sharing knowledge with stylists and working backstage and fashion weeks and events beside talented artists and friends. I believe in giving back to this industry by helping grow the next generation of artists one class at a time.
There I am!
Train the Trainer with Sunlights Balayage Atlanta
Redken Specialist training in Birmingham
Teaching balayage techniques to stylists at my Vicksburg studio
Alterna ASU in California
Me and Candy Shaw at Sunlights HQ's in Atlanta
Giving back by teaching
a balayage class to the next generation of hair stylists in MS
In the Spring of 2019, my husband accepted a new position in his career and we moved right outside of Memphis, TN to Marion, Arkansas. I currently travel back to my studio twice a month to see my Vicksburg beauties. When Im not creating in the studio you can find me looking for my latest treasure at a local antique store, tackling a new home project, curled up with a book, running at the gym or baking something sweet. My husband, Adam and I love to travel when our schedules will allow it. Ireland, Old Quebec, and the Faroe Islands are on my bucket list along with a few local places including Charleston and Savannah. When we aren't traveling we are at home with our two doberman, Dixie and Dobie.