What is your favorite PHK tool at the moment?
I love the PHK BACKSTAGE PASS KIT. It’s a dream kit with the best tools out there. Having this kit makes me feel confident that I have everything I need for a wedding, fashion shoot or for styling a client in the salon. I especially love the YS Park Round Brush. When I worked at Bumble and bumble, we called it the “magic brush”. I also love the Janeke Gold Flat Brush, because we all need a little bling!
If you were to describe your salon culture in one word, phrase or sentence what would it be?
At Art + Science Salon, I am always blown away by the technical prowess of my fellow stylists. This technical skill is combined with creativity and it’s a powerful force! We are a supportive team, dedicated to the craft of hairdressing and always looking to be better for our clients.
What exciting projects are you and your team currently working on?
This year, I am excited to be working with PROHAIRKIT and my former Bumble and bumble colleague, Alejandro Jimenez. Since moving to Chicago, I’ve spent most of my time educating and working in the salon. This year, I am dedicating more time to Editorial work and I can’t wait to get back in the studio to collaborate with photographers and makeup artists.
What tool should every PROSTYLIST have in their kit?
I love the Delorme Styling Brush. There is nothing like it for finishing styles. Also, I think every stylist needs good hair pins. When I’ve educated throughout the country, I’ve noticed that a lot of stylists only use bobby pins for updo’s. I want to bring back the love for the hairpin! They are essential for styling and can basically do anything.
What inspires you and your team?
We all draw inspiration from different places. Personally, I’m inspired by my fellow hairdressers, by fashion and music, by the past and now that I’m getting a little older... I’m inspired by youth culture. At Art + Science Salon, I believe the team gets inspired by collaboration. We work with fashion designers, product companies like American Crew and Bumble and bumble. We collaborate to create our in-salon education. We have a team spirit and I think that drives creativity and inspiration.
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