Growing up on long island with a family of hairstylists, I had no choice but to follow in their footsteps. When I was about 3, my family bought a salon, my grandmother ran it and my mother was the star stylist. You didn’t just get your hair done, you had a good laugh, gossip with the neighbors, even bagels on saturday and maybe a cocktail by the afternoon. I remember the marble stations with the red velvet and gold wall paper, red sheers in the window and the circle style pictures on the wall behind the dryers. Everyone came for their weekly wash and set along with great advise.
My grandmother was a style queen. She was dressed from head to toe, everyday, even to go grocery shopping. My grandfather was a business man in NYC and was so in love with her. When he came home from work, they would spend the first hour alone together, just having a drink and conversation. Her greatest advise to me as a child was to “always look better than ur husband’s secretary”, lol..and I never forgot it. I think this is when my obsession for beauty was born.
Living on my own since 17 left me on a budget that none of my friends had. While everyone was buying fendi and LV, I was paying rent and trying to get my career off the ground. Money was tight but I learned to make due and shop for bargains. Being creative with my style and knowing what to splurge on was my biggest struggle. At 23 I bought my first salon and it was a great success and experience. I can give style tips and tricks for being creative with what you have because I lived thru it. Thru every struggle is a lesson and now it is my strength.
There is a power within us that creates your reality. When you find your power, you find yourself. That’s why I’m here to help.