Starting Date with Elle Marie:
Beauty School/Years in the Industry:
Northwest Hair Academy
- Funky short cuts
Passion for the Industry:
Growing up in California, my parents owned a couple of salons and did hair side by side for years. My brother and I grew up spending most of our time in the break room at their salon, and if we weren’t contained to the back room, we were building relationships with all the guests that came through the door. I used to swear I’d never be in the hair industry because that was my “parent’s thing”, but after growing up and realizing my passions and gifts were not in Marine biology or Mathematics, I decided it was ok to be a chip off the ol’ block. I’ve been a hair stylist now for 3 years and I love, love, love it! (I guess my parents were cool after all.)
Who Inspires Me?
Positive, goal oriented people inspire me. People who believe in something with their whole heart and push themselves to be better every day. When I surround myself with people who embrace change, it reminds me how much better I can be and how much I can grow in anything I put my mind to. My mom has been a hair stylist for over 30 years. And now she’s teaching at a Hair Academy in California. Watching her learn and grow in this industry throughout the years has proven to me that it’s a lasting career and I can love what I do as much as she does for years to come.
Professional Development (Education)
- Pureology Certified
- "Coloring Out of Your Mind" - 2010, Redken Exchange, New York City, NY
- Various Courses in Redken, Pureology and Sexy Hair
When I’m not rockin’ out behind the chair, I rock out on stage. I love to sing every chance I get. I have the privilege of doing studio musician work for Seattle artists that need background vocals for their albums, and I get to lead worship at Gold Creek Community Church on Sundays. I may break out in a song while I’m blow drying your hair. Just kidding. :-)
Favorite Products and Why:
- Redken Guts - I love it for root volume.
- Pureology’s Power Dressing - It helps control hair with a mind of it’s own while blow drying
- Big Sexy Hair Powder Play - It's great for that fun, messy, "I just got outta bed" look to add texture to layers