You grew up a #HairBaby.. tell us a bit about being brought up in a salon.
My mum was a hairdresser and I used to help sort rollers and sweep up in the salon on Saturdays. To me it was magical. I remember the salon being a place where ladies loved being and were made to feel beautiful. I knew early, at about the age of 8, that I wanted to do hair just like my mum.
If a stylist could only take one class this year…. what is your recommendation?
It really depends on where you are in your career and where you’d like to be. Some are looking to grow their client base and others want to do something creative to push themselves or simply learn a new technique.
I’d recommend thinking about where you are in your career and where you want to be and find a class or seminar that will get you closer to where you want to be.
NAHA was just a few weeks ago and you have won and been nominated more times than we can count. What are your thoughts on this competition? Do you still enter?
NAHA is a great opportunity for people to get a taste of doing hair for photo shoots. It’s so different from salon hair and requires a different skill set and way of “seeing” hair. It takes a lot to produce a photo shoot and NAHA gives people the opportunity to see what it’s like.
I haven’t entered for a while, but am grateful for the opportunity it gave me to enter into the world of session work. I hadn’t done many photo shoots prior to entering NAHA in 2002. I credit that competition for opening a new avenue in hairdressing for me.
What would you say to a newer stylist who wanted to break into the editorial side of this industry?
I’d say be prepared to work hard and be patient. So much of editorial work is networking and that takes time to pay off. Of course your skill is a big part of it, but the people you meet on one set may be the people who get you work on the next gig. People recommend the ones that have talent, can work quick, are professional and go the extra mile.
What 3 items would you die without?
1. Paul Mitchell’s Extra Body Finishing Spray
2. dressing brush
3. Straight Pin Studio Essentials pin kit
What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this industry so far?
Wow. I’ve been very fortunate as there have been so many I’d say the chance to see the world and work with some of the kindest, most talented hairdressers around.
Have you ever had an “OMG, what the hell am I doing here?!” moment?
Yes, many!!and I guess you are referring to a hair related story One time I was standing in Ellen’s (no last name needed) bathroom setting up for color, getting ready to meet her for the first time. I could hear her talking and getting closer. I just thought – this is friggin’ crazy!!
Words to live by…
Enjoy every moment
It’s a journey not a race
It’s your career path – your choice
Having worked for both Sassoon and Paul Mitchell, what are your thoughts on aligning with a company within the industry? Advice for those who are starting out and think that might be the direction they want to go..
Vidal Sassoon and Paul Mitchell are both company’s I believe in. I was enamored with Vidal Sassoon early in my career and just felt it was a place I had to be. I wanted to learn from the best and eventually I worked at Sassoon in England, Germany and then the Santa Monica, CA location. That’s what brought me to the states and eventually Paul Mitchell.
When I went to train at Sassoon I wasn’t intentionally aligning myself with them, I simply wanted to learn from the best. The same with Paul Mitchell. My only desire has ever been to work with the best and I worked hard and opportunities presented themselves. So, I’m not sure I have advice on pursuing a company. I would rather say decide what you want and go for it, work hard, hang in and the opportunities eventually present themselves. When they do, take them.
On a perfect day I spend it…..
With my girlfriend and our dog Izzie, with no set plans or appointments.
What do people find most surprising about you?
I have a twisted sense of humor.
What is your next BIG goal?
Launching my line of stylist tools under the name Straight Pin Studio LA. Our website launches mid-August at www.straightpinstudiola.com. I have a custom made pinbox, loaded with every hair pin you might need, a line of hair padding that blends in with the natural hair and a trend kit which has an oversized bun in it.
Balance, how do you maintain yours?
Balance? What’s that? Just kidding. On the rare occasion I have a day off I try to catch up on “life”.
We have seen proof of your badass color skills on our friend, Nina Kovner. What drives your passion for color?
I think all my training at Vidal Sassoon where I was a color specialist definitely started the drive. To carry on that passion, I am constantly fueled by imagery, art and media.
To Stalk Lucie Doughty on your own:
Join us at Paul Mitchell The Gathering and stalk her in person!!