I started my professional career seven years ago in the Twin Cities area. Since then, I have established a very strong clientele, and an even stronger love for the beauty industry. Not only do I work behind the chair with my clients, which is my first love; but I also get to work with my fellow team members as an Educator and Coach for my salon. I work to develop and mentor my team into the best professionals they can be. I am truly blessed to be able to do both of these very important jobs.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Annie. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have always been passionate about being the best professional hairdresser I can be for my clients. I bring a dependable, relatable calm to my clients. My communication skills help me out by being able to articulate myself accurately and professionally to my clients. Building that trust and relationship with the client is crucial, and having an honest and open dialogue with them is equally as important.
Annie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Hair Stylist?
My passion is making people's day. From a new haircut, or a change in color, watching people smile and say "I love it" when they see themselves in the mirror is indescribable to me. An even greater gift is being able to give back to my team and help them achieve their own goals. Pushing boundaries, and helping others gain success has quickly become one of the most important aspects in my life. I aspire to make this world a better, brighter place by continuing to use my voice to help others. I want to be the best hairdresser, wife, mother, and friend I can be. I have found that one's mindset is such an important factor is people's lives, and being able to help others shift that mindset to the more positive, optimistic side is so gratifying. Happy people, make others happy. I joined this industry because I wanted to help others, and with both aspects of my job I am able to do just that.
Who is your inspiration in life Annie? How do you keep inspired?
I have always been inspired by my parents. Their strong work ethic, kindness for others, and tenacity is something I have always admired. I have been lucky enough to work alongside great hairdressers, and am in awe of their talent, professionalism, and overall success. My upper management and leadership team at my salon challenges me to be the best I can be. I stay inspired by attending any and all education I can, being able to bring back the latest techniques and trends to my clients always keeps me on my toes. I find inspiration in my fellow colleagues, especially the young bloods. Watching them use the techniques I have taught them, with adding their own flare is something really special to witness. I learn so much from them. I find the more you do, the more people you talk to...the more inspiration their is in life.
We all make mistakes Annie, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Hair Stylist , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I have found that one of my biggest challenges is combating colleagues who are perpetually caught in a negative head space. At times, although not proud I have been way more reactive than I would have liked to be. As with anything, I just try to learn from each unique situation, and handle it better the next time.
Annie ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Hair Stylist, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Being present, and being organized are absolutely the most crucial points of managing many different clients, with many different expectations and goals. I carefully plan out my client's current appointment, next appointment, and future appointments to come. Not only does this help me remember what we discussed, but it helps navigate a potentially overwhelming or chaotic situation. Having honest, educated dialogue with your client's is so important, and being able to explain realistic expectations to them is a must. Know your limits, when your over your head, and most importantly when and how to get out in the most professional matter.
Please tell us Annie, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Hair Stylist?
Again, being organized is crucial, but multitasking is a great way to save time and energy. For example, processing your color or hydrating treatment is a great time to also add on that eyebrow tint or wax, it's all about working smarter, not harder. It is always better to underpromise and overdeliver....NOT the other way around. Managing expectations is an art, and is a huge reason why hair dressers are successful, or not.
Annie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I believe that if you speak with conviction and confidence it is quite easy to "persuade" or get someone to see your view point. Being highly educated is important, because if you aren't sure on what your speaking about, it leaves a lot of room for error, thus causing doubt. Explaining all the options your client has is an important part of educating your client, which is the hairdressers's main job. It is not a time to scold, or make people feel inferior, thus an opportunity to educate them on why this service, or product would be great for them. It is hard to disagree with factual evidence, especially when it is in the client's best interest.
Annie please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Hair Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
After my very first year working in my salon I was awarded the "facet award." It is a team voted award, and stands for team work and being helpful. As someone so new and fresh to the industry it was a monumental time in my life, that sparked the right kind of fire in me. I work really hard for myself and fellow team members, and to be honored for that was amazing, and something I will never forget.
Annie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Honestly, every day I am at work I am able to be creative. From a foiling technique, to a personalizing haircut, I am able to use creativity in all that I do behind the chair. Being creative while working with my team is also important because everyone has a different learning style, and what might make sense for one person, doesn't for the next. Being creative helps you reach people on different levels, something you might miss if you can't think outside the box and be creative.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Hair Stylist?
Finding your moxie in a highly saturated industry can be tough; but hard work, and dependability never go unnoticed. Technical skills can and will be developed over the years, but how you carry yourself as a professional is something you can't replicate. It's how your treat people; your clients, your team members, etc. Always stand true to who you are, and what you believe in. Most importantly stay humble, and never forget why you became a hairdresser. Dive in, fully submerge yourself in this amazing career. Take every opportunity that is given to you, and if you do all of this....you will be a star. Never, ever stop growing and learning. The more you learn, the more you grow.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I love meeting fellow beauty professionals. Working on photoshoots and editorial work is always amazing. Motivational speaking is also a huge interest of mine.
Now for the best part Annie! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
all photography done by me