I was working in the Theatre as an actor and we did our own make-up and hair and fell in love with doing hair & make-up on other actors, so when I went out to Hollywood to become a “Star”, I went to school, got my license and did hair, make-up, acting and eventually stuntwork.
Where did you train?
First school was Newberry School of Beauty on Hollywood Blvd right across from “Hooker Row”, I was the only paying student, everyone else was on a work release from prison! Then one night I went to school and it had closed up, taking my cosmetology kit and my grant money with it!
I then went to Yamano’s Beauty College, which is the largest beauty school in the world, based in Tokyo, but I went to the Beverly Hills school, it was a great experience.
I went to UCLA for Trichology and Cosmetic Chemistry.
I got to be Vidal Sassoon’s personal apprentice for 2 years too, that totally changed my life.
How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been doing make-up & hair for the theatre since I was 13, but licensed since 1974.
What various job descriptions and titles have you held?
I’ve been a National Artistic Educator for Logics
Master Artistic Educator for Matrix and for the Matrix chain division for J.C. Penney’s
I was the National Artistic Director and the “Ask The Expert” for both Matrix and Logics websites
I’ve also been an Actor and a Stuntwoman out in Hollywood
Creator of AskMags.com, a Stylists 911
What is the favorite position that you have held and why?
I like helping stylists learn our industry and making it easy for them to understand so I would have to say AskMags.com, a Stylists 911.
What do you look for in a company or manufacturer?
Integrity! Quality of ingredients. Needed products that work.
What particular services or technologies to you like to work with?
Since becoming a Trichologist, I love my microscope to analyze hair and do deep conditioning treatments followed by a special Trichology Haircut which gets the interior split ends of the hair which lets the hair to grow down & fill the hair back out.
What myths or misrepresentations to you see perpetuated by the industry?
The myth of organic color and products. Product diversion, that it’s from the distributor when it comes directly from the company itself!!!
Describe an ideal product line or ideal position?
I like a line to fit the needs of the 3 different hair types, fine, medium or coarse, many lines don’t make specific lines for the 3 types of hair, but TRI does!
What line in particular do you think highly of? What is your favorite product in that line?
TRI, of course! I can’t live without the Structural Balance line, the shampoo & conditioner but the Leave In, it’s the best detangler out there! I follow that up with the Glossifier, it seals the cuticle down, has a heat protectant and has UV protection!!!
Do you have any advice for your fellow stylists?
Learn your craft. Continuing education is the biggest key to becoming the best stylist out there.
Understand how products can help you be a better stylist. And if you ever meet another stylist with more knowledge out there, suck their brains dry!