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My studio is completely private and focuses on the individual the chair. Space itself has a temple-like vibe that allows visitors to enjoy being my sole point of focus during their session. My background has allowed me to become skilled with all hair textures and skin tones.
Zoe, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Hair Stylist?
I'm a big picture person. I'm very passionate about history, the future, and the entire human journey. When life gets crazy, I find a calm power in remembering where I came from. It grounds and centres me. I aspire to continue the legacy of my ancestors and to leave the world a brighter place for my descendants. My start in the beauty business began when I was studying at an art institute during my junior year of high school. I think that being surrounded by creatives who were pursuing creative careers was the push that I needed to follow my path, and I enrolled in cosmetology school after graduation.
Who is your inspiration in life Zoe? How do you stay inspired as a Hair Stylist?
I'm constantly inspired. It can be part of a song, a mood, someone I meet, just anything. It can be something as ordinary as the rusty-blue color of old pennies in a wishing well. For me, inspiration is extremely random, but always exciting. I have a log because I have to write them down, or I forget.
We all make mistakes Zoe; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I've always been the oddball, the misfit, whatever you want to call it. So, I think that for a long time, I tended to try doing the same things as everyone else, just to fit in. It never worked. Ever. The universe had other plans for me, and I still need to be reminded of that from time to time.
Zoe, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
It depends. I'm secretly a complete introvert, but that changes in the professional setting. Behind the chair, I tend to mirror the attitude of my clients and let them take the lead. I'm friendly in a busy backstage setting, but you won't usually hear much from me as far as conversation. I'm in the zone.
Please tell us, Zoe, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
My family comes first, and my work is a close second. I work because I am I love with my craft, but also so that my family can have what they need. My circle of friends is small. We are all very motivated in our professional lives, so there's an understanding. Sometimes I'll go six months without seeing them, but we hang out like it's only been a week or two.
Zoe, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
People become attached to certain products and styling techniques, even when it's hurting their hair. I had someone who would come in with overprocessed-looking, damaged ends every appointment for almost a year. I asked her if she heat styled, and she said no, probably knowing that I would ask her to stop for the sake of her hair. She admitted that she hadn't been using the recommended products, and had been blowing drying on high heat to save time. We had a long talk about the issues, and she agreed to go on an äóìcleanseäó to stop the damage and restore some of the hair's integrity. This meant no more harsh, poorly formulated products, and no heat at all. Six months later, she had a completely different head of hair.
Zoe, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Hair Stylist.
One of my proudest professional accomplishments were being invited to style hair at New York Fashion Week FS18 with Key Hairstylist Jason Linkow. There is nothing like that environment. It's magical, hypnotic, chaotic, and beautiful. Like theatrical hair and makeup, backstage at fashion week is the sum of its parts. I'm honoured to have been a part of it and am looking forward to the upcoming season's shows.
Zoe, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I like organising collaborative shoots with photographers and models; they keep me motivated as an artist. Many times the photographer will give me a degree of creative liberty, which is amazing because I can run with an idea and make it happen. I recently did a shoot with my friend Amanda Leise, who is one of the top professional photographers in our area. She had this cool idea of using the shadows cast by a floral overlay cloth, and the hair needed to be very sleek for the first look. We were shooting in and around a parking garage in humid, ninety-degree weather, and the model has very textured hair. I decided to do a super high, dressed up ponytail for the second look, to cool her off if nothing else. The result was this sexy, grungy-chic vibe that ended up working well.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Hair Stylist?
Tomorrow never comes, so get out of your way and take whatever steps you can right now. Once you have your plan, work for it, live for it, fight for it, and protect it as if your life as an artist depends on it because it does.
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