I love this little space! It brings so much joy and challenge to my heart. It’s the perfect addition to my day-to-day life.
Maybe you have scrolled through my website or maybe we know each other personally. For my new friends and the people I’ve met through here and not in my everyday life, I really want to be transparent in all of me — really who I am, what I do, where I have come from.
I “accidentally” found the career for me when I was a junior in high school and got a job as a towel assistant in a hair salon. Six months into the job, and I think we all just kind of understood I knew what they were doing.
By the end of that year, I was sure I was going to hair school, and my plans for college had changed. (And really, who am I kidding? I would have failed out or died from rapidly drinking far too much alcohol.) I had the task of convincing my parents hair school was the better choice for me than college.
My dad, who is an entrepreneur himself, with his own business since he was 18, really wanted me to go to college.
I’ll never forget what he said: “This life in the trades, you can be prepared to work twice as hard for half the money. Go to college and get a degree. It will be better and easier.”
My mom finally convinced him that he couldn’t make me go to college — after all, he hadn’t gone and had still done quite well for himself — and that he needed to let me give it a shot. I could always go to college.
His requirements were that I went immediately after I graduated and that I went to the best school in the country.
We had a deal, and I would figure out a plan!
I ended up in hair school 13 days after I graduated high school, and fortunately for me, the number-two-ranked school in the country was just a 45-minute drive from home.
I was off and running.
Thirteen years later, I have never felt like I worked a day in my life. I am nine and a half years into owning my own quaint hair salon/beauty loft. WHAT THE WHAT? Reading that gives me total goosebumps! How dang lucky am I?
I’ve had the distinct pleasure of growing up with this little place I call home, which you can check out here: www.latherasaloncle.com.
I have learned and I have lost.
I have been humbled to my knees.
And I have grown here immensely as a person and in my career.
I have had the honor of touching thousands of people’s lives and really having the privilege to make people look and feel beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. What an honor, my friend. What an honor.
About five years ago, in a way I could only describe as an “accident,” just like the way I got into this career, I found a new passion within this hair career. I’ve spent the last five years having the absolute honor of styling bridal hair. Your wedding is easily one of the most amazing and exciting days of your life, and believe me when I tell you, having the perfect hair is very important.
Bridal hair has given me the opportunity to really express myself creatively, to push the boundaries of what hair is capable of and really make art. It’s always requiring a different level of patience, tolerance and practice!
Every day I am blessed with the opportunity to grow more, to learn more, to try and soften more and change. Reality, I’m just blessed!
I’ve included a few of my absolute faves below, and you can see more pictures here.
Thank you for allowing me to share the pieces of who I am and of what has helped to shape me.
Now you know, if I’m not traveling, this is where to find me ... a little spot right outside of Cleveland, Ohio, having my life changed by these experiences every single day!!
To a great hair day … xoxo,