My formal career in cosmetology began 1989 at Martinez Beauty School in Northern California. My first full-time position as a stylist was at a nationally owned salon franchise named Heidi’s. Corporate management regularly flew instructors in from New York and Chicago to show us the up and coming styles, cuts and color techniques. This is when I realized that what I was offering clients was not a “service”, but a work of art.
My next adventure in the world of hair took place in Venice, California working at a posh salon called Allen Edwards. Allen, the owner, was made even more famous when he gave Marcia Clark (a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial) her fabulous new look. I became familiar with Aveda, Phytology and Paul Mitchell products. In addition, running into famous stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Angelica Houston, Johnny Carson, was a regular occurrence.
Working at The Yellow Balloon, a salon in Santa Monica which catered to children who dislike getting haircuts, was also an educational experience. Here I learned the art of patience and cutting hair on a moving target.
Finally, in 1996, I moved back north and applied for an Oregon cosmetology license. I built up a small clientele and worked from home as I worked on getting another license: a teaching license. From 2000 until 2013, I raised my son and taught at McKay and South high schools as an English/ESL teacher. Although I love teaching and working with teens, I decided I needed a more flexible schedule. Thus I went back to a career I dearly love AND I still work as a substitute teacher from time to time. Come in and check out the salon I currently work at–Liberty Street Hair Design!
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Education: Martinez Beauty College, BA-- Western Oregon University (Secondary Education with ESL endorsement), MA--Portland State University (Curriculum and Instruction)
Experience: Heidi's Salon--Pleasant Hill, CA (including advanced training classes in haircuts and specialized color services) Allen Edwards--Venice, CA Yellow Balloon--Santa Monica, CA Residential Haircare Services--Salem, OR Volunteer Services for Willamette Valley Hospice--Salem, OR