“When you’re in the hair salon, speak up. Be direct. Direct questions, get direct answers.” - my wise guest & talented hair artist Illeisha on claiming your voice and advocating for what you want when it comes to your hair
Illeisha has an artistically-based education but expresses her art through hair. She’s spent the last decade in the industry building an incredible career and working with some of the top talent in the game. We talk about how she took the jump from Boston to NY to pursue her dreams, how she approaches life behind the scenes, and what it was like to work with Naomi Campbell at just 21. We get into how to find the right stylist and how to ask the right questions – like her 6-year old client who knew exactly what he wanted when he got in the chair. She explains how to make the most of your appointment and getting what you pay for. Illiesha also gives me an incredibly helpful vocabulary lesson and teaches me what the difference is between base color, ombre, lowlights/highlights and balayage.
I ask her what the deal is with shampoo (is it as damaging as people claim) & how many products do we really need? She shares some amazing thoughts on how the energy you put into your hair manifests itself and how important it is to A) speak up but B) find someone who listens to you. Making time for yourself and loving your hair are two things Illeisha really believes in and I walked away feeling so inspired by our conversation.
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