When I was a kid, I would invite the neighbors over so I could practice different hairstyles on them. Sleepovers in the high school years meant you and your sisters were getting cornrows or a sleek blow out/flat iron like early 2000s J-Lo.
I ended up going to The Aveda Institute when I was 17 and I never looked back! Love every minute of it, especially when creating clients signature look or inspiring clients to try something they never imagined would look good on them; they leave like a whole new person though really it’s them shining through! So fun to help with the transition :)
I’ve always been a hairstylist but throughout the years I’ve played many roles that also became my passion and essence. DJing, collecting records and vintage, crocheting and, my latest, sewing- so it only made sense for me to combine them all! Really, my clients would always ask me about my shows, other DJ friends would ask me about hair, and people are always asking me where I go thrifting.
Miami has so much Caribbean influence, I was always being exposed to tropical sounds, mostly Latin and Reggae. When I started collecting records I wondered why I would hear the same music at every party when there is so much out there! Which then inspired me to play them out at friends parties! I collect anything from UK lovers rock and dub to studio one and dancehall. The artists I’m currently listening to from Jamaica are Lila Ike and Xana Romeo. My classic favorites are Jennifer lara, Alton Ellis, and Sugar Minott, to name a few.
Thanks! I’m definitely inspired by the 70s Jamaican era of music because the album covers are just so fly!! Earthy but colorful and lots of patterns! I loooove patterns, especially those created with intention and tradition. Thankfully work has always allowed and encouraged creative expression when it comes style. They say we attract our tribe or clients that are similar to us (the stylist), so I’d like to think that’s why my clients are so amazing!
I’d like to say it’s way less hard than they make it out to be! To everyone that feels it: just go for it if you want it! Especially with a supportive base of loved ones and friends who believe in you and got your back! The best part is holding space for others to meet and share joy with the intention of creating a community. I love that’s its a safe space, where people can open up and sometimes it’s like group therapy! It’s sweet when clients engage with one another and compliment their new look.
One of the challenges I have is preserving my energy. Sometimes you just end up giving it all away engaging with all different types of personalities in a day. I'm trusting that more vacations can fix that (lol).
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