Luckily, there was a girl that I went to beauty school with who also relocated to LA and was willing to recommend me to her salon owner! She called me and said come in tomorrow, bring your resume & ask for Babette. All I had was an address... so when I ended up in Beverly Hills, at a salon called Umberto (he has a line at @target
😎 so fancy) I was slightly shell shocked lol. This place was massive & gorgeous & totally overwhelming. I was terrified. But I asked for Babette (she looked exactly how you’d imagine- so put together she looked like she belonged on a movie set) and she immediately introduced me to a stylist named Joseph Batiste. He gave me a tour, interviewed me and said he had someone coming in the next day for a working interview so he’d call me on Monday. Feeling a little pessimistic, I got in my (ollddddd ass) Honda and drove the 45 minutes back to my Burbank apt. As I was walking into my complex... my phone rang and it was Batiste. He said the other girl wasn’t coming & asked if I could come back at 8am the next day. TALK
ABOUT A ROLLER COASTER!
I showed up the next day and worked my little ass off for the next year where I assisted one of the BEST and most humble stylists everrrrr (@beautyandbatiste
). To this day, I can blowdry hair like a boss thanks to this guy lol. (Literally any head of hair in 45 minutes 💪🏼!) I loved working for him and being in LA (which surprised me since I love the bay so much) but I slowly realized that my goals had shifted & I was looking at growing a clientele in a salon. I had to ask myself again- do I want to commit to being away from my family?? It was an excruciating decision, but I decided to move closer to home. In 2010, I became a junior stylist at Le Burge’t Salon & Spa in SF and was there until 2011. I was commuting from Livermore & living at home with my parents so I decided I needed to find a place in town so that I could work more, drive less, and move OUT! Lol. So that’s what I did! Well, I guess I should say that’s what WE (my then bf/now husband) did. Kyle and I have been together for over 15 years (cont’d in comments 👇🏼)