Hair

I started my hairstylist career as an apprentice in 2005 at Austin’s Salon in Carytown, owned by Ken Langston (current owner of JAK Salon) and Beth Astin (currently an International Woman of Mystery). Austin’s was a hip salon that was immersed in the local fashion scene here in Richmond, Virginia. I had extensive training in the salon as well as at industry events on the ever expanding ways to color and cut hair. Through Austin’s I was regularly provided the opportunity to do hair and makeup for local fashion shows and photo shoots as well as doing hair and makeup for New York Fashion week two years in a row. 

After Austin’s closed it’s doors, I landed at a few other salons, each for a handful of years at a time. Every new salon offered an abundance of continuing education, to keep it’s stylists all at the top of their game. I continued to be involved in editorial work and definitely enjoyed seeing my work published.

As my personal life circumstances shifted, my need for a flexible schedule and more time at home increased. After purchasing my first house, I was able to transition to entrepreneurship in 2015, which has provided me the work-life balance I needed.

I enjoy providing a casual yet professional environment for clients in my home studio. It’s an honor to consistently receive positive feedback about the space itself and the energy it contains. I look forward to getting to know you more deeply while helping you achieve your image ideal. 

Yoga

My first yoga class was at the age of 15 in Staunton, Virginia, and was as Yin as Yin gets. The teacher looked like Stevie Nicks, and was guiding the class through meditation while the students laid on their backs, spread out like starfish, surrounded by candles. Mildly weirded out, I took a break from yoga until a year later when I found a more physically active practice at my local gym in Warner Robins, Georgia. Over the years, I’ve used yoga, running, cycling, weight lifting, rock climbing, hiking and swimming as ways to mentally and physically take mini vacations from life’s realities. 

Yoga illuminated a way of being that was so impactful to me, I knew I was to share these transformative concepts with others.  My 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training was through Yoga Works, led by Anne Van Vaulkenburg, in 2015 in Richmond. My 50 hour Rocket Yoga Instructor Certification was with Steve Pyka of Asta Yoga in May of 2016 in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.  In August 2017 I completed my 24 hour Restorative Yoga Instructor Certification with Marisa Atula of Humble Haven Yoga in Richmond. That same month I became a Certified Yogastrology(R) Inspired Instructor through a course lead by Yogastrologer Jen Waine in Richmond. In April 2019 I completed Meridian Yoga Therapy Level 1 lead by Rose Erin Vaughn of Science of Self in New York.

In my classes I share the importance of considering the practice an element of a much larger self care web, while encouraging students towards independent exploration.  I am currently teaching at The Yoga Dojo, Triangle Rock Club and Humble Haven Yoga.