For a long time I tried to fight my passion. Hair has always been my thing. In elementary school I remember stressing to get my hair perfect for school pictures, in middle school I decided I was done with relaxers, in high school I was always the first to notice my girlfriends fresh highlights, I was also charging to straighten my friends hair before school. I abused my own hair for years before I really learned how to care for her.
Growing up in the suburbs you’re fed this idea of a four year university, leading to a job with benefits and then a home in a cul de sac. Tried it, nah. I started my journey at Oregon State University as a psychology major and realized after a year that wasn’t my story. It got weird from there, I found myself working for Netflix for 3 years…ask me about that when you see me next. After realizing all my Netflix coworkers were college grads not using their degrees I decided I was going to finally pursue my passion and forget those suburban dreams.
Fast forward. I graduated from Aveda Institute Portland, learned so much and met some killer friends/mentors along the way. Many have since sat in my chair, become successful in their own right, worked alongside me and remained my life long friends. After Aveda I started my career in the Pearl. Right out of school I completed a year long dual apprenticeship. I learned a lot, took priceless classes from Pravana, Kevin Murphy, Wella, Kerastase, Hattori Hanzo and Unite. I was able to build a solid clientele and after a year and some change it was time to go independent. On to the next salon.
At my second salon home I really spread my wings. I began seeking out classes on my own, stepped up my hair game, saw myself booked out 3 months in advance and became an Amika Brand Ambassador. I even threw my first #PARTYBYHELLYEAH! It was the perfect place to grow my business. With all that said and done, my next chapter is proving to be my best.
I recently opened up shop inside the beautiful Malva House of Hair. Moved my babes out to the Westside and turned Hair By HELL YEAH all the way up! Won’t you join me?