The Parlour West Washington Park
When I started doing hair: 2015
When I started at The Parlour: 2018
What inspires/motivates me in the industry:
Kurt Vonnegut wrote “a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive, at least a little bit.” I have adapted this as my mantra, my religion, the foundation of who I am as a stylist, a person. hair has the ability to transcend self expression and allows for the client to evolve and blossom into their most authentic selves. I’ve had green hair for three+ years and when asked about it, I say that after having every color in the rainbow, green was the first color that when I looked in the mirror, I finally recognized myself because my reflection matched my identity. feeling like myself makes it exponentially easier to love myself. life is constantly throwing us curveballs, but if I am able to help people love themselves, life gets a little easier.
What I am happiest doing:
When I’m not petting dogs, I’m dreaming of petting dogs. The rest of my time is spent rockhounding, going to shows, going out to eat, quoting obscure vines / referencing the office, and going to reptile expos to add to my tarantula collection. I am the crazy animal person. One of my favorite childhood memories was holding Rosie (the rose hair tarantula) at the Butterfly Pavilion so I now volunteer as their invertebrate exhibit ambassador and Rosie handler. I am a firm believer that knowledge conquers fear and I strive to destigmatize “scary” critters.
What I love most about The Parlour:
Everyone belongs, even if you like bugs. our philosophies include: respect the evolution of others, tidy up your weaknesses, look for the good in others. I couldn’t have asked for a better salon to call home.
What else you should know about me:
I can often be heard in the salon talking about beauty standards and how I believe they inherently undermine self-acceptance. People of all shapes and sizes come to me and say that they were told they couldn’t have a certain length of hair at a certain age, that they “could never” pull off a certain style, etc. My argument is that it was been engrained in them by unrealistic societal expectations, like the saturation of celebrities who can afford to surgically alter their appearances yet deny it. Many of these misconceptions have no scientific or tangible proof and cause clients to doubt their individual beauty. I believe people should look however makes them feel best.
This being said, my friends call me “green gal” so it’s only natural that I specialize in vivids, otherwise known as “fashion” colors, rainbow hair, etc. I spent a year exclusively doing blowouts and styling hair so I still geek out over a nice round brush blow dry. I love cutting hair, any length, any gender and coloring. okay I love it all. let’s boogie :+)