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Confessions of a Hairstylist

People always ask me if my legs hurt, "they don't".  

It is not the standing that's the hard part about being a hairstylist, it is a lot of other things but definitely not the standing.  

Some days it's the juggling of my appointment book to accommodate my clients' schedules and my own schedule.  

Some days it's the heartache of listening to a client's desire to have a haircut, hairstyle or hair color that truly will not work for them and doing my best to recommend a look that is perfect for them in this moment in their life.  

Some days it's the heartache of listening to a client share the challenges in their lives: the losses, betrayals, disappointments, hurts, fears, failures and illnesses. I see this and more in the mirror, in the curve of their back, in their clenched hands. To know that I cannot fix it but maybe I can make it a bit better for now.

Some days it's the appreciation of my clients when I myself am having a bad day and it is taking everything I have to smile and be jolly and creative and present and fabulous because as Vidal Sassoon said, "If you don't look good we don't look good".

To be a hair stylist is not for the faint of heart!  It takes a big heart day after day, cut after cut, color after color, one head at a time to stand behind-the-chair year after year and create beauty for beautiful you.

Thank you!
Old pic of me but still doing this, so still applies!

Hair Ideas:

Valentine's Day is around the corner.

Here are a few ideas for romantic hair for you and your love.


'Tis the day we celebrate love.



February Promotion

Color Lover Promotion for the month of February. Take 10% off Framesi Color Lover Line Products.


Runs Businesses With Scissors

I love that long time consulting clients have contacted me early in the year and we are setting goals for them to have a rock star 2018!

Do you need a little nudge in a new direction or do you know someone that could use a boost in their business?

Feel free to contact me through phone or email: 510-545-2955 or
We always love to hear from you!

Last but not least a lovely compliment! We all love those.

From a fellow hairstylist re: last months blog, thanks Stephen!

"What a fantastic blog, I can relate to most all your points. You may well be at "The top of the mountain" without realizing it." -Stephen Stensrud

Gosh, I hope so Stephen!

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