I graduated top of my cosmetology class in 1998 expecting to have the world at my feet. I had goals and huge expectations. My career looks much different than what I had anticipated.
If someone would have told me 20 years later I would own a green salon focused on wellness, I would have given them an epic eye roll. In 2009, chemical allergies and autoimmune disease changed my life and caused my focus to shift dramatically. I had to change the way I approached my view on beauty or leave an industry I loved.
As I navigated this new journey, I realized it was no coincidence. I was being called to meet the needs of many individuals who suffered the same health issues but lacked the knowledge to help themselves. I spent countless hours researching ingredients, and brands trying to find a way to offer amazing results without sacrificing my health or the health of my clients. No joke - it was a rocky road for awhile.
Green chemistry was very new and the beauty industry was focused on performance - not health. My biggest hurdle was trying to find brands that offered true transparency. I couldn't help my clients avoid ingredients that were not disclosed. The brands I have chosen to partner with are committed to transparency and the health and wellness of the consumer. I only partner with brands that fully disclose all ingredients, formulate without the use of known carcinogens including synthetic fragrance, don't test on animals and are environmentally friendly.
Lots of blood sweat and tears went into creating the Annex Hair Studio you see today. I wouldn't have it any other way. I love coming to work everyday and meeting the vast needs of my clients. Some of you come for clean beauty options, others come because walking into a traditional salon would cause you devastating effects. Whatever your individual needs are, you're not alone.
Together, we can explore your beauty care needs without sacrificing your health.
I can't wait to meet you,