Gina is an example of what hard work and chasing a good challenge looks like. She see’s what she wants and goes after it. After meeting Gina at an event in San Diego, we knew we had to find out more.

Do you remember your first day of beauty school? What was going through your head?

I do remember my first day, I was no happy camper. To be 100% honest at the time I did not want to do hair, my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted to become a makeup artist and be certified in New York. My mom made me go to beauty school to receive my cosmetology license so that I would have a broader range of opportunities… So the first day I was totally stank, but now I’m completely grateful.

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Why L’Anza? What about this hair care company fuels your passion for education?

First off, I truly believe in the products. Its easy to speak from the heart and share your passions when you believe in what you are using and what you do. As educators, what we provide and push for is ideas and techniques that we currently use behind the chair. They are trendy, current and creatively inspiring, but simple, usable and salon-friendly. Real hair for real people 😉

Tell us about your craziest travel experience.

It wasn’t too crazy but one of the most fun traveling experiences was weekend before Premier Orlando 2015. The weekend started off with the salon burning down and my car being broken into. All my luggage and things were stolen and my windows were smashed. Then my front lawn combusted into flames because of heat and dryness in the air and almost caught my house on fire! To top it all off, someone hit my parked car. All in two days. I then flew to Orlando.. I was such a mess and also terrified of the dark cloud that seemed to be following me. But when I got to Orlando my team was there to embrace me and help me make light of everything that had happened. We actually ended up having our own mini pool party at the hotel. Plenty of drinks, laugher, and people getting tackled into the pool. Needless to say, I quickly forgot about all of my troubles.

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Tell us what “exotic travel” for work looks like?

Exotic travel! It really does look glamorous. And it’s a ton of fun to explore and experience new places and cultures! But it can be tough, too! Traveling alone can be really strenuous. Trying to adjust to big time changes while also being on your ‘A game’ and teaching for long hours can be very exhausting. It’s also hard to be away from my family and friends for sometimes weeks at a time You may find yourself in places where no one speaks your language, so trying to overcome that barrier can be a little isolating. But, all in all, the experience is always very impactful for me. And I love gaining new friendships.

A product you would pay (gasp) retail for…

L’ANZA Keratin healing oil Hair Plumper. I put that sh** on everything!!! No seriously, I use this product on every single one of my guests, as well as myself every morning. Every girl needs a little plumper in their life, plus it adds such a soft lightweight piecey texture to the hair, I refuse to go without! Is it obvious I’m a Jersey girl?

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What do you think the biggest struggle stylists are experiencing in the industry today?

Education. Consistent education. It is key to our industry. Trends, techniques, and technology are constantly evolving. Sometimes overnight. So it’s up to us to stay on top and push ourselves and our teammates to keep up, learn, and grow. You can never know enough.

Who is your Hair-Hero?

Easy! Traci Sakosits. 😁😁😁😁😁 Going back to my originally not wanting to do hair, while still a student, I went to IBS New York with my mom, who also is a stylist. We decided to take a class together. In this class, I had the privilege to witness Traci gracefully cut her way through all these amazing shapes and designs. It seriously blew my mind! That class inspired me and got me excited about the endless possibilities of art through hair! To this day I admire all of her work and passion, and I totally stalk her work on Instagram!!!

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Something most people don’t know about you.

For starters, I used to be a dancer. Before hair I wanted to pursue dancing professionally. I danced 5 to 6 days a week up until I was 17. Sadly, I sustained a knee injury that took me away from that dream. The wear of dancing also lead to my having surgery on both of my feet and placing me in a wheel chair for about 5 months! So basically, my body told me no. But I still love it and I’m often caught dancing in the salon!

What traumatic hairstyle have you been guilty of rocking?

A grungy mullet….. I don’t wanna talk about it.

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3 shows or education events you won’t be missing this next year?

L’ANZA B.I.G. Event!!!! <<<<< absolute must have >>>>>>

ABS Chicago

Behind The Chair Color Show

Words to live by…

I never have failures, I have learning experiences.

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I knew I was a Hair Nerd when…

I realized I was able to connect every conversation back to hair. No matter where I am or what I am doing. (As my girlfriend states, “please don’t get her started”)

 

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