Where are you originally from?
I am from Newfoundland, a large island that is the Eastern most province in Canada. I was born and raised there. It is known for its rugged beauty.
It’s stunning over there! How does coming from such a naturally beautiful environment, like Newfoundland, influence your work?
Newfoundland translates into my work through the organic beauty of the people who surrounded me back home. I consider myself to be a colorist with a soft, gentle touch with my color brush. I’m a big fan of enhancing what my client already has: bringing out the highlights that the sun may create or richening a color to showcase the clients skin and eyes. I tend to steer clear of drastic changes, unnatural colors and abnormal placements. There is a time and place for everything, but my heart lies in the more natural side of hair color for sure! Much like Newfoundland, I prefer natural beauty!
How long have you been doing hair and how did you get started?
I have been doing hair for 14 years. I studied hair design right out of high school. I went to hair design school in Nova Scotia, then studied at Bumble & Bumble in NYC and Aveda in Minneapolis.
What really excites you about doing hair?
I love making women feel beautiful, like the best version of themselves! I love knowing that the client has been looking forward to their appointment and that they leave feeling special and beautiful. It’s also really fun getting to know my clients and hearing their stories.
Are there any specific accomplishments so far in your career that you are especially proud of?
I’m really proud that I am from such a small town on the east coast of Canada. I made it to Nova Scotia, then Toronto, and now LA. I am living out my dream. I know now that it really is true that with hard work, you can really do whatever you set your mind to!
I’ve worked on celebrities and tv, meet really great people, and most importantly make women feel beautiful and special! That’s such a wonderful feeling! Getting to do what I love and having people love what I do. Having the ability to make someone leave my chair with a smile on their face and bounce in their step, that’s irreplaceable.
What would you say is your “signature” or “speciality”? What do you enjoy doing most?
I would say my “look” is soft, sexy and natural. I’m all about enhancing what you already have or at least making it look like nature could have played a roll in the finished product! Blondes, brunettes and reds, I love em all! I want my clients to have flattering hair that enhances their overall look.
I do foils, balayage, a combo of both.. I always say, I would paint your hair with my toes if its going to give us the look we are both going for. It’s not so much about the technique used, as it is about the finished product. People get caught up in buzz words and trends, which is fine, but at the end of the day, the technique used has to work with your hair, lifestyle, and taste.
If you could do anyone’s hair (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
This is probably selfish, but I would love to get my hands in Oprah’s beautiful hair! I love lots of hair, and I love me some Oprah! hehe I’m trying to think of who else.. My mom or my best girlfriends, they all live far away, and I know how much they love getting their hair done with me, so I would say them! :)
Favorite person you follow on Instagram?
Oh gosh, I have so many! I love seeing what my fiends are doing back in Canada, I love everyone at Meche, so much talent under one roof, it’s awesome! I love Instagram in general, I don’t think I have a fav.. I follow a lot of hair people, big and famous and also in small towns, everyone is putting out such great work! Fashion stylists, makeup artists, friends, celebs.. so so many!
What or who are your biggest influences/idols? (Doesn’t have to be hair.)
Hair wise there are a lot, I have to say, it’s amazing to be working alongside Tracey Cunningham! I’ve looked up to her work for a long time, and to now be at Meche is awesome! I’m influenced by anyone who can take their passion and make it into an amazing career!
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