I'm the owner, Lindsay and am currently the only full time stylist at my shop (actively looking for additional knowledgeable, creative and passionate stylist to join my team). My assistant Carolyn is finishing school in the fall and already shows capability and talent beyond her minimal experience and I can't wait to get her started as a stylist! I am a perfectionist to my very core and have always been an artist of sorts and discovered my passion for hair while attending cosmetology school after completing one year of college and feeling that I needed a change. I graduated from Jean Madeline (on south street) in 2005 and still, after about 10 years behind the chair, I truly LOVE what I do! I take pride in my work and would never let a customer leave feeling unsatisfied. We offer all coloring/highlighting services, haircutting, formal styling (for any range of occasions but specialize in bridal parties/wedding updos- where we team up with my younger sister, Kelsey, who is a very talented make up artist to accommodate all desired wedding services), keratins, and will eventually have Carolyn certified to be doing extensions! We love being at work and create a fun and enjoyable environment for people of any age! Come see what we're about!
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I always have them take a seat at my station and discuss every category of their hair; what they like, what they don't like, what they would like to see change, things they would like to keep about their current style, and make sure I cover all of my bases thoroughly during the consultation and actually listen to what my clients are telling me while adding any suggestions to enhance that desired look, in order to be sure that we are on the same page. A thorough consultation can make or break someone's first experience at my salon!
Attended Jean Madeline on South Street in Philadelphia and have been behind the chair for 10 years! Some scattered additional education throughout that time as well. I love to learn and try new things
I try to make sure that my services are between the "average" to "high" price range to ensure that somebody can afford the services they're provided yet still allowing me to give them the attention their hair deserves and taking the time to make sure they are nothing less than thrilled with the outcome!
I have always enjoyed being active in some type of creative or artistic project of sorts, ever since I can remember. It is enjoyable and relaxing to me to create something artistic and when I found my passion for that could be applied to not only making a career by being a hairstylist but making people feel good about themselves, I was sold and have loved my job ever since!
I have a very wide range of clients including all ages, all hair types, all kinds of styles, and all types of personalities! That is part of why I love my job! As much as I enjoy the creative aspect- I love talking to all types of people of all ages, and learning about who they are and what they've experienced in their life.
I was contacted by Montco Happening to take part in a long-term type of makeover (fitness plan, cosmetic dentistry, etc) for a woman who won this opportunity... The hair and make up portion was the very last piece of the puzzle and I not only loved seeing the difference from when I saw her announced as the winner, which was months prior, but I loved interacting with her and talking to her about the journey and being able to put the finishing touches on what she had worked so hard to accomplish. I loved that I could make her feel as beautiful as she looked! I really enjoyed the entire process and the results were astounding!
Going through the hiring process to find an additional stylist for my team, I have realized that hairstylist who are passionate about their work and pay attention to detail while taking their time to make sure That they are satisfied with the clients hair in addition to, and more importantly, making sure that the customer is 100% satisfied are hard to come by! I refuse to settle for less.. so it's a slow process, but passion for your work (no matter what it may be- but particularly this industry) will show in the end results! This is not the type of job that produces the same work if you lose your passion for the art of it!
I think that experience plays a part as a starting point, but I think it's important to get a feel for the level of excitement behind providing somebody with a look that they desire and then actually being able to execute it! I would always ask for photos! Before and after photos are obviously most efficient and thorough in seeing someone's skill level but any photos of someone's work is a good place to start! Also- it might be tough to spend a good bit of money but if it's cheap- you are usually getting what you pay for.. 😉