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Time to have a life

I’ve ended a chapter in my life and started a new one. The  past 6 years as a stylist in the salon have been great! I’ve learned so much from all the amazing people I’ve worked with. From exclusive high-end to chain salons, everyone has taught me something valuable and different. I can’t believe the time has come for me to branch off on my own! I guess I always thought this would happen later in life but I’m sooo glad it’s happening right now instead!

I would like to take you all on a little journey of how, who, and what has inspired me to become the beauty professional I am today…

It starts with the family…

My mom, grandma, and aunts all do hair. We have a salon in Albrightsville, PA that has been in our family for almost 25 years! This is my aunt Darlene : ) she currently owns the family business.

 Since I was old enough to walk I swept floors, took rollers out of all the little old ladies’ hair, and provided entertainment by styling my oversized Barbie head. I always knew I wanted to be the boss and call the shots just like my family.

The Mentors

As soon as I finished beauty school I knew I wanted “The Best” training possible before calling myself a real stylist. Lucky me. I met global colorist Patrick McIvor. The man is a color genius and has opened more doors than I ever imagined. He taught me to, “Always be a yes or a no.” People who never ask questions don’t get very far. I would rather know the answer is no rather than never asking at all.


Jayson Morgan

The coolest guy you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. He taught me everything I know about cutting and celeb worthy Blow Outs!

Melissa Johnson

This girl knows her stuff and is by far the funniest person I’ve ever met. Love her!

The What…

Growing up I loved watching people like Carmindy on TLC’s What Not to Wear. I loved her down to earth approach and ability to make anyone look amazing.

Music videos and anything Tim Burton. I am fascinated by the characters that are created with hair and makeup!

The last piece to my Entrepreneur puzzle is “The Four Hour Work Week” This book filled in the blanks and made it an easy decision to move on with my ultimate dream.

My NEW CHAPTER: I am now a Freelance artist who has created the ultimate co-op working environment for people just like me! Check it out! http://www.ThirteenthandWashington.com

Fashionistas I <3

Just a few people worth looking up…

Melissa Johnson
Allentown/NYC
Product Club educator/Colorist/Redken educator http://www.melissajohnsonhair.com

Lindsay Pattan
St. Louis
Vintage Brand/ Fashion Blogger/ Bakers
http://www.MissOhioVintage.com   http://www.Shoeternity.com

Mia Brown Davis
St. Louis
Vintage Brand
Owner of Eve’s Apple Vintage
http://www.evesapplevintage.com

Shannon Mary
St. Louis
Bad ass photographer
http://www.facebook.com/stlphoto?ref=ts

Miriam Roebuck
Orlando
Interior designer/ Model
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522757866&sk=photos#!/profile.php?id=5018174

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.