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The Evil Box Color


Everyday people put their trust in educated doctors, dentists, lawyers, and etc. So why do so many people put their trust in a box of color instead of a professional colorist? The first excuse is usually, “I don’t have the time or money.” When I hear that it’s like someone is saying, ” I have a cavity, but no time or money so I’m just going to buy a pair of pliers and just rip the damn thing out.” A few painful hours later they realize they need to see a real dentist immediately and pay twice as much as they would have in the first place because they pulled out the wrong tooth!

So really stop buying that 3 dollar box color that turns your hair a lovely shade of pumpkin or my personal favorite shoe polish black. Stop coloring your bathroom walls, it will save you money on a can of that 2-in-1 expensive primer + paint. Oh, and please stop thinking you were born knowing how to highlight your own hair. When you are ripping 50% of your hair through a plastic cap from the 1980s, all your accomplishing is premature baldness. Not beautiful/seamless ribbons of light.

What did your hair ever do to you? It’s always been shiny and strong since the day you were born and you dare perform an operation on it yourself!? Forget the amateur show and forget those YouTube videos that say it’s O.K. Start a search for a professional colorist near you. Find a colorist who displays great customer service, continues their education, has professional tools, and is genuinely excited to work on your hair.

The salon is just like the doctor’s office. You go in, you tell them your concerns and the end result you desire. They then diagnose the problem, write-up your regimen and your on your way to a better you.  Not only is your colorist going to perform surgery on your hair but he or she is going to send you home with the correct products to keep your color looking its best until your next visit. Now do as I say and you will never regret it!

A few great colorist I highly recommend…

Patrick McIvor  www.patrickmcivorcolorstudio.com


Melissa Johnson  www.melissajohnsonhair.com


Rachel Bodt www.cutlersalon.com


Kristen Linares  www.kristenlinares.com  www.matthewrobertsalon.com


Lisa Mcauliffe www.thealcorn.com

…just to name a few.

Becoming an editorial stylist

The road to becoming an editorial stylist is not an easy one. For the past 6 years I have been working my ass off. I’ve put in many hours in the salon and have styled for as many photo shoots, fashion shows, and events for free as I physically can. I can assure you this is not a position that people just hand out. I have been very lucky in my career to have mentored with Patrick McIvor ( a freakishly talented colorist & artistic director for Matrix) and Jayson Morgan (one of Redken’s best educators). They provided me with a great start to my never-ending story.

Working with such inspiring people taught me how to make things happen for myself. It’s hard to remember all the things you learn but the one I will never forget is ALWAYS be a yes or a no. That simple statement helped me get where I am today. I am never afraid to ask an extremely successful person anything and if they say no whatever, at least I know for sure that it’s not going to happen.

A few things that being a yes got me…

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK with AVEDA & Janell Geason

A position as an educator with PRODUCT CLUB COLOR ACCESSORIES

styling hair & makeup for shoots with the incredible SHANNON MARY… this chick is going to be famous  http://www.facebook.com/stlphoto

To further my chances of styling hair for celebrities and models I am going to attend the Redken exchange this March for their Session skills and photo class.

More to come…follow my blog ; )