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Gina . Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I studied cosmetology at BOCES CTEC in Rockland county, NY. I have been working in a top salon, 122 park salon as a hairdresser for over 4 years. I specialize in color, styling, and reviving hair back to health. Besides my passion for creating new looks and helping people feel beautiful I love to model. I used to model with a group of girls to inspire other females to have the power to express themselves to their full potential without fear of what others would think. After awhile I wanted to branch out and become my own brand so I could do things how I wanted and create a specific image for myself. Another important aspect of my life would be my goal to spirituality evolve to be connected with the universe and serve my true purpose in this life time !
Our readers would love to get to know you more Gina . Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Ever since a young age, I never would watch television & I still don't, a lot of people find that weird about me. I honestly would much rather be spending my time hiking, catching up with a friend, reading, at the gym, taking a yoga class,or meditating. I am also in the process to becoming certified to teach group meditations.
Gina , what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Hair Stylist?
As a young girl I could remember going to the salon to get my hair done and asking the hairdresser how did the they get to where they are today. My friends would say that I should become a beauty teacher because I always had the best advice on hair, skin and makeup, but my passion was to do hands on work. To create, to transform, to help make people feel good about themselves ! To have someone like what they see in the mirror all thanks to your help is such a great feeling! Knowing I have the power and creativity to transform not only an image but a personality and emotion, that is my passion!
Who is your inspiration in life Gina ? How do you keep inspired?
I am inspired everyday by the people around me. I continuously learn from my coworkers and by keeping up with the latest trends & techniques. I also find that traveling helps, speaking to new people, and just being open and perceptive.
We all make mistakes Gina , 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.
Sometimes I wish I would speak out more. Using my will power to speak up when needed is something I am progressing in
Gina ,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?
Luckily at my salon we have a team of women who assist us and help us maintain the salon as the day goes on. They cater to the clients for us if we aren't able to. We offer entertainment and drinks (coffee, tea, water) and offer a selection of jewelry, products, or other accessories to view when clients have a free moment. we also have a beautiful garden with a seating area outside our salon that clients can relax in. Another helpful tool is the fact that we can take note of everything that we need to know about our client such as any allergies or special needs or services that we need to provide for them along with their color formula or additional notes like if we need extra time for them in our computer system. I like to build relationships with my clients so as I work on them I use that opportunity to converse with them & get to know more about them.
Please tell us Gina , about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Hair Stylist?
As a hairstylist, my goal is to please people and give them what they want. Something that is very important at my salon is to never turn down a client. So if I am having a very tightly scheduled day and a walk in comes into the salon I still don't want to turn them down. I will plan and plot on how and when I will be able to take on their wants and needs with the appropriate ammount of time and attention.
Gina , please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Sometimes clients are very set in their ways even when it isn't beneficial to them. One time A new client came into the salon, a very beautiful blonde who came in for highlights, but I couldn't help to notice her ends were horrible ! I asked her if I could trim them for her but she wasn't open to getting her hair cut since she has been working so hard to grow her hair. She had asked her boyfriend who came in with her if she should cut her hair, and of course he said no. I wasn't going to stop just yet, she desperately needed a cut and I could tell she hasn't had one in a long time. I informed her about how the hair Will continuously split up the hair shaft as the hair cuticle gets even more dry, in time she will have to cut more than she initially had to. It's best to maintain a regiment with hair cuts to end up with healthy long hair. Finally she agreed to letting me cut 2 inches off her length. After I blew her hair out she had told me she was so greatful that I had talked her into getting her hair cut. She now loved the way her hair looked and FELT !
Gina 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?
When I first started hairdressing, I was intimidated by doing male hair cuts. It seemed as if the universe kept throwing male clients at me for hair cuts because every time a walk in came into the salon it just so happened that it would be a male and that no other operator was able to take the appointment except for me. So I would take on the challenge, yes I've had some mess ups but I always learned from my mistakes and asked others what could I have done to prevent that from happening a next time. Thankfully most of those clients have returned and now they tell me how much they love their hair cuts & how they notice the change in my work . Today I am no longer intimated by a male that comes into the salon for a cut with any style!
Gina , please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
While doing bayalage! Bayalage is free handed hair painting that lightens the hair gradually along the hair shaft. This process can achieve a natural look or a bold look depending on where I paint my selected pieces. & then of course toning it to the clients desired color. I am always excited to do bayalage! Deffenitly a favorite.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Hair Stylist?
Look at your client as an individual, provide each service in a way that suits their looks best !
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 am hoping to collaborate with many different types of talents. The main reason for this interview for me is to collaborate with talented photographers for modeling work, other models who will give me freedom to create with their hair and also models that I can work with and learn from. Also in hope to expand my clientele & build a broader following in the salon and on social media.
Now for the best part Gina ! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.