My name is Amanda. I am a L’Oreal trained color expert and educator. I teach at some of the most prestigious salons in the world, and I am also the Artistic Director of Color for Chroma Color Lab. My story is long, but the important parts aren’t:
I know everyone says it… but I really am one of the few people that actually loves their job. In fact, before I started doing hair professionally I felt as if it was something I had been practicing my whole life. Ever since I was a little girl I had my hands in hair; staining the bathroom floor putting (gasp) box color on my mom’s hair in elementary school, or spending so much time getting my girlfriends’ hair ready for prom that by the time I was done I hardly felt like going myself. When I was in third grade I even asked my mom if I could cut my Barbie’s hair. She obliged, though not without reservations. And to both of our surprise… Barbie was sporting a pretty chic Pixie when I was done! So no one was surprised when I went To the Vidal Sassoon Academy to begin my professional journey.
I am very lucky to do what I do. But one of the best things about being a stylist is making people feel good when they leave my chair. Even though it seems a like all I do is make pretty people even prettier (we are not curing cancer here), it is still incredibly rewarding. Sometimes a new cut, new color, or even just a small touch up can make someone feel incredibly fresh and happy when they walk out the door. Not just an incredibly rewarding feeling, but this process often has surprising impact on a persons life. I’ve heard clients say “I didn’t have plans tonight, but now I’m gonna make my husband take me out!”, then tell me how great it was to feel sexy again. Before job interviews I have clients come in for the little boost of confidence they need to land the job. I’ve even had one grateful client bless me when I was done with her color… really! The stories are as diverse and special as my as all of my clients.
Sometimes just the smallest change can make the biggest difference… sometimes major transformation is required. And I know just how important change can be. I thrive on change, in fact, I crave it. When my life starts to feel a little too “predictable” I become restless and need something new. It can be as simple as trying a new coffee shop, sometimes its chopping my own hair off or completely changing the color…I just LOVE change. This is what attracts me to the ever changing world of hair and fashion.
But change doesn’t always need to be drastic. In fact, changing your look ever so slightly can make a major difference when you look in the mirror. This “evolution” of hair can be completely inspiring and may often come with very little up keep or commitment. How you ask? Well… Just adding a few highlights near your face can give surprising dimension and brightness, for example. Simply one or two shades lighter than the rest of the hair… so subtle you cant quite tell what’s different about the person, just that they look a little “brighter.” Or slightly lightening the ends of the hair to give a little reflection and movement to the color. No, I’m not talking about ombre, just enough lightness to create depth and make the hair look “lived in”. These small services may only require a very small amount of extra time in the chair, but they often inspire others to look twice at an otherwise expected color reflection.
Not sure what to ask for? That’s my job. From a “little tweak” to a “major overhaul” my expert colorists will make you the best you that you can can be. And stay tuned… I have a lot to say!