My passion for hair started at a very young age. My first color line was a pack of Sharpie’s and my first salon was the playground. Kids lined up for their new hair colors all recess long. Parent’s responses to the new do’s were not what I had hoped for though. Fortunately, my own parents encouraged my creativity but asked that I directed it at myself. My mom began taking me to a local salon and I was hooked. I fell in love with the salon smells, the excited chatter and energy, the beautiful colors being created and idolized the pretty girls making these makeovers happen. THIS was it, THE coolest job in the world. Fast forward a decade to my first job, a salon manager. I learned a lot about the business side of the industry and decided to attend business school upon graduating high school. After completing my general classes, my brother suddenly passed away. It was a life changing event and left me contemplating what made me truly happy. My heart pulled me back to the hair industry. My sister took me on beauty school tours and I felt immediately in my element. I completed my program at Xenon International Academy with honors. I received Valedictorian of my class, Highest Attendance, a Business Award for my business plan, and the Image Award for my style. After graduation I sought out an apprenticeship with master stylists. I began working with my mentor, Steve Trujillo, who nurtured me mind, body and soul. He showed me the ways of hair shows and backstage work, editorial photo shoots, and how to take care of my health in addition to how to be a rock star with hair cutting behind the chair. He would often say, “I’m hearing a lot of problems and not many solutions.” This encouraged exploration and the attitude that failure is not an option, figure it out. I participated in multiple Denver Fashion Weeks, Massif Studio’s Fashion Weeks, and benefit shows with El Centro Humanitario. Once he felt I was ready, I moved onto work with a National Educator for L’Oreal Professional. I became addicted to education and furthering my craft. I trained in NYC and California with other national artists to become a Nationally Certified L’Oreal Color Specialist. Shortly after I had the opportunity to be the colorist on a team for the first U.S. Color Style Trophy. We were one of only five teams in the entire United States to compete in New York City! I also began educating in the salon and aspire to be a platform artist and brand ambassador for a company when I’m not working behind the chair. I’m driven by curiosity, passion and finding the beauty in everything. I’m committed to being reliable, knowledgeable, and listening to collaborate with my guest to make an experience catered to their individual wants and needs.