Hollie was born in Bellevue and grew up in Yakima, WA. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1999 with a BS in Organizational Communications. After graduation she moved to Seattle where she completed a coveted internship with Sub Pop Records. She then went on to work for a group of local radio stations. "I liked my job," Hollie says, "but didn't feel passionate about it; it was a 'job'. One day I was asked THE QUESTION: If I had millions of dollars and never HAD to work what would I do? With out blinking an eye I answered, 'I would be a hair dresser!' That got my wheels turning and within a few months I was enrolled in cosmetology school. That was way back in 2001 and I have not had one second of regret. I love what I do!"
Hollie joined the Elle Marie team in February of 2008. Her favorite part of being a stylist is getting to know a person and identifying what she can do as their stylist to make them feel great about their hair. Although it is always exciting to create a total "new look", she prides herself on consistency. "I get an equal amount of satisfaction in educating my guests on how to have a style that fits their features AND their lifestyle, and still feel beautiful every day." says Hollie.
Family is extremely important to Hollie who cherishes time spent with her daughter Marlee, her mother and extended family. In her free time, Hollie has a passion for painting. "I have painted for my own enjoyment for years and in the past few years have been painting decorations for baby nursery's and children's rooms." says Hollie.
- Employee of the Quarter, Mill Creek - Fall 2010
"Thanks for doing a trial run of my wedding hair. I love it! I will have to send my Mom in with pictures after the wedding :) I just took my hair down because I have to meet Dave for some last minute wedding meetings, but it held up beautifully. I even had the windows down in the car!"
~ Amanda P. - Seattle, WA (E-mail to Hollie on 4/16/09.)
"Recently I found your salon on the Web and wrote to see if you had any curly hair specialists as I now have post chemo curly hair and have been disappointed with haircuts. I heard back from Holly who said she would be happy to work with me. I made an appointment and found Holly to be a very good communicator and listener. She asked me a lot of questions about my hair and what were my frustrations and successes. After discussion, she made a suggestion about a cut and we went forward. She did a great job! My hair is behaving so much better now and has more curl and the bad ends are gone. I am so glad I came in. I will recommend your salon and Holly to my friends!"
~ Kay L. - Bothell, WA (E-mail to the salon on 10/3/08.)
"I had Hollie color and cut my hair and I just love it! She is awesome. All the girls are great, but I think Hollie's my favorite. I really love her style and I just love this cut."
~ Lisa B. - Mill Creek, WA (E-mail to Lorry on 8/3/08.)
"Just wanted to let you know that I really love my new hairstyle that you gave me last Saturday morning. I have gotten tons of compliments. My husband says its the best haircut I have ever had. That's pretty good for 22 years of marriage. Also, I took a rug out to my backyard and was only out there for a few seconds. The next thing I know, my phone is ringing and my neighbor who lives behind me is calling to tell me that she saw me out her kitchen window and loves my new haircut. Anyway, thanks again. It's been a long time since I have found a good hairstylist. I look forward to my next visit."
~ Kelly R. - Snohomish, WA (E-mail to Hollie on 4/15/08.)
"I absolutely love what you did to my hair! What a great cut. So easy to fix. Wash and wear, just what I ordered. You are the best!!!!!! I can't wait for you to do my foil at my next appointment. Have a great day you sure made mine."
~ Jackie R. - Edmonds, WA (E-mail to Hollie on 3/13/08.)
"I had to email you to let you know that I have never had this amount of comments before from a haircut! The ladies at my office have called me "hot mama" and "sassy" for two days now. I can't thank you enough for the effort you put into my hair. I absolutely love the cut, and the color is amazing. I wanted to thank you again. I can't wait to see the before and after pics.
Also, is there an email coupon, like what you gave me to hand out? That way I can email your info to all the ladies in my building. You have gained a customer for life!"
~ Krista B. - Bothell, WA (E-mail to Hollie on 3/11/08.)
"I just have to tell all of you how happy I am with my hair! This is one of those things that is just too good to keep to myself.
I have a very important function to attend this evening, so I knew I was taking a real chance getting my hair done the "day of". I'm so glad I took the leap! HOLLIE was my stylist today and I couldn't be happier with the results. She did a pretty complicated color correction/highlight treatment and cut on my hair, and it's absolutely fabulous! My husband even noticed! and he LOVES IT!! It's the best cut and color I have EVER had. I am so pleased I think I could cry---this coming from a women who isn't overly emotional.......
Hollie, I can't thank you enough.......you are truly gifted in your craft........... the studio is very fortunate to have you as part of their team!! and SO AM I!!"
~ Janice S. - Mill Creek, WA (E-mail to the salon on 2/9/08.)