And the most challenging? For haircuts, I think the most challenging aspect of it is people’s hang ups about themselves. I’m always blown away when someone hates the way they look or hates their hair texture. There’s only so much I can do to help and I really try to instil in the person that there is nothing wrong with them. I don’t believe in standards like the “right” face shape for a certain cut, or any rules on textures and cuts. I feel like if you’re confident you can do whatever the hell you want and it’ll look incredible.
How does Los Angeles inform your work? I’m really inspired by the people I grew up around. I grew up in Silverlake which was predominantly Chicanx at the time. Whether it was lots of mousse, slicked ponytails, glass straight hair, or braids, I always loved the way the girls I grew up around looked. Their hair was always clean and styled. LA punks have a very special and specific aesthetic that I gravitated towards too, I think a combination of these things influences my work greatly. I try my best to stay away from stereotypical West Hollywood hair. I feel like I’m doing myself and Los Angeles a disservice by entertaining that aesthetic at all.
What does your hair mean to you? My hair is unruly, long and thick. I hated it my whole life, all I wanted was straight and silky hair. I saved up all of my weekend job money and got it permanently straightened at 14. I cut all of it off in my bathroom and I was so happy to have short and straight hair. It wasn’t until I shaved it at 21 that I accepted its natural texture as it grew in. My hair’s existence is my own weird reminder that I’ve accepted who I am and I’m just going to be a freak until the day I die.