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Gowanus

Blond woman with a short haircut.

Hidden on the second floor of an industrial office building, this salon almost feels like a speakeasy. The building entry can be hard to find and is nothing to write home about, but once you enter our bright, airy space, take in the comforting aroma of luxury haircare products, and are greeted by the warm smiles of our team, our hope is that you feel instantly relaxed. Our Gowanus location was our first salon home, so it holds an extra special place in our hearts. We’re proud to provide South Brooklyn with modern hair by our massively talented team.

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Our Gowanus Team

Three main factors contribute to our stylist levels — the three Es: expertise, experience, and education — and begin with Level I Junior, followed by Levels 2, 3, and 4 and finally Level 5 Master. All of our stylists maintain their education via internal and external classes as well as via special-guest educators.

Alyssa bio

ALYSSA

Head Stylist
Level 5 — Master Stylist

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KATIE

Level 5 — Master Stylist

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LOLA

Level 5 — Master Stylist

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Kara

Level 5—Master Stylist

Alyssa bio

ALYSSA

Head Stylist
Level 5 — Master Stylist

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Venmo  Instagram

I have always had a passion for the arts and am a person who loves taking care of others. Hairdressing is a career that allows me to be creative while helping my guests feel like the best versions of themselves. In 2014, I graduated from the Brown Aveda Institute and practiced my craft in Cleveland for four years before making the big move to Brooklyn.

I have found my niche creating natural-looking color with blonding and balayage techniques. My attention to detail helps me shape modern haircuts that fit your personality. When you’re in my chair, it’s all about you, and creating a style that makes you feel confident.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Lived-in color and moveable cuts
My personality in 3 words
Grounded, thoughtful, detailed
Sign
Leo, Virgo moon, Sagittarius rising
My signature hairstyle
Right now my hair is long but I also love when it's in a cute textured bob
Favorite food
Soup, or anything that requires minimal kitchen clean-up.
Pet(s)
Two cats, Binx and Marla
I'm a regular at...
BKLYN Blend for fresh juices and giant salads
On my days off, you'll find me...
I’m all about self-care on my days off. My favorite thing is to just move my body. Sometimes it’s yoga, a ride on the Peloton or a walk to Fort Greene park. Other days my self-care is reading a good book, quality time with my boyfriend or a 12-step skincare routine.
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KATIE

Level 5 — Master Stylist

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Venmo  Instagram

O ver the past 18 years, I’ve come to specialize in both hair color and cutting, having graduated from Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philly. I adore formulating the perfect tones and painting lived-in balayages. And whether it’s razor cutting, sexy textured bobs, curly hair, or voluminous layers, I am obsessed with techniques that ensure these cuts are not only executed beautifully but also are done with a modern eye.

I love to talk thoroughly with you about your hair hopes and needs so that I can help you achieve the version of yourself that you want to see in the mirror… and that your friends can’t stop raving about.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Blonding—especially foilage, Dim the Lights & seasonal color updates. I also love chic bobs and sexy layered haircuts.
My personality in 3 words
Goofy, loyal, luxurious
Sign
Libra
My signature hairstyle
I'm almost always some shade of blonde and beach waved
Favorite food
Pizza
Pet(s)
My dog Teddy, a golden doodle
Holy grail product
Oribe's Dry Texture Spray
Power outfit
A boho dress and leather jacket, always!
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
I've been happily married to my husband for over a decade
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LOLA

Level 5 — Master Stylist

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Venmo  Instagram

I love being a hairstylist—I am truly obsessed with hair—but even more than that, I strive to be a day maker.

Hailing from Warren Tricomi at The Plaza Hotel as well as Cutler Salon, I have loved finding a hair home at The Bird House. I love getting to know my clients and helping them reach their hair goals. Behind the chair I take pride in my ability to listen to my clients and provide them with hair that fits them perfectly. My goal is to help you unleash your own inner Beyoncé! My favorite hair-things to do are creative color, shags, redheads (loooove a good redhead!). I love doing curly cuts, too, and teaching you how to enhance your curly texture. It’s not just about the cut but also your lifestyle.

In my personal life, I love making and discovering new music, meditating, and learning about new cultures. I can’t wait to meet you and join you on your hair journey! Pronouns: She/Her/They.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Redheads, curly texture and color corrections
My personality in 3 words
Empathetic, goofy, chill
Sign/Enneagram
Pisces/6
My signature hairstyle
Either a curly fro or space buns
Favorite food
Tacos/Mexican food in general
I'm a regular at...
Greenwood Park
On my days off, you'll find me...
Walking through the cemetery
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Being the first in my family to finish college, and starting my own business
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what
Tacos. No matter how I am feeling if you put a plate of tacos in front of me I will feel instantly better.
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Kara

Level 5—Master Stylist

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Venmo  Instagram

I have been in the hair world for over 20 years and have experience in many aspects of it: as an educator, a stylist behind the chair, a platform artist with Rusk, and as a salon owner. Opening two salons in Brooklyn gave me incredible insight into the industry and myself, and what I realized over time was that focusing my attention on my craft and my clients was what I loved most. The relationships that I build with my clients is my favorite thing about hairdressing and I’m so happy to be focusing my energy on it.

I love curls, creating dimension and brightness in natural color, formulating natural reds, and cutting hair in a way that grows out effortlessly. When I’m not in the salon, I am usually running around with my two kids, Jane and Louis, at playgrounds across Brooklyn, and I also love to sew.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Pixies, shags, bobs, bangs, reds, Dim the Lights, gray coverage/blending
My personality in 3 words
Intuitive, kind, creative
Sign/Enneagram
Pisces/4
Favorite travel destination
Paris is my favorite vacation destination. We've been twice and can't wait to go back.
I'm a regular at...
Stroud playground
Power outfit
A brightly patterned dress, statement earrings and heeled shoe
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Raising my kids
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what
My kids running up to me while yelling “Mommy!!!!” and giving me big hugs can turn around my day immediately
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Mariya

Level 4

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Gillian

Level 4

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Level 3

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Nada

Level 3

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Mariya

Level 4

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Venmo  Instagram

My love for hair began in early high school, where I styled hair for school plays and my did friends’ hair for prom. I enrolled in beauty school a month after graduation, and have been in love with coloring and styling hair ever since. I am obsessed with always taking my craft to the next level, which is why I have taken many high-end courses and worked directly under top educators.

Since moving to New York, my passion has evolved into lived-in and dimensional blondes. I also love big transformations. My attention to detail helps me shape modern haircuts that fit your personality. When you’re in my chair, it’s all about you, and creating a style that makes you feel confident.

In my free time, I love traveling and tasting new foods.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Balayage, blonding and bobs
My personality in 3 words
Creative, loyal, adventurous
Sign
Pisces
My signature hairstyle
Red bob, loose waves
Favorite food
Mac and cheese
Pet(s)
My cat, Simba
Holy grail hair product
Oribe's Thickening Spray
On my days off, you'll find me...
At home hanging out with my cat, playing video games or watching shows
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Getting my Master's degree
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Gillian

Level 4

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Venmo  Instagram

I ’ve always known I wanted to be in a creative field, but after a haircut I got when I was in high school, I realized exactly what I what I wanted to do. After that cut I felt so cool and knew I wanted to give that same feeling to other people. Soon, I was enrolled at Arrojo cosmetology school and then began my career at the Arrojo salon before joining the Bird House team.

I love creating textured lived-in shaped with flowing seamless layers, strong curly shapes, and edgy shorter styles. And I love doing bright color pops and rich natural reds! My favorite thing to do with clients is creating new looks they thought they could never pull off. Whether it be a small transformation like adding some layers, or a big one like a total color change, seeing my clients’ happiness and confidence after a service is why I’m here! Hope to see you in my chair soon, trying new fun things together!

Pronouns
She/they
Hair specialties
Soft shaggy shapes, strong short shapes, and moveable, natural cuts
My personality in 3 words
Sign
Libra
My signature hairstyle
A mullet or a shag
I'm a regular at...
Greenwood Cemetery
Favorite food
Anything sweet
On my days off, you'll find me...
Taking it slow. I'll usually catch up on content, play some Stardew, and maybe take a walk if I’m feeling spicy.
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Chloe

Level 3

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Venmo  Instagram

M y hair philosophy is to thoughtfully help connect your inner and outer beauty as one. Being a Taurus, I truly enjoy being surrounded by art, love, beauty and self care. I knew I wanted to transform hair and inspire beauty inside and out ever since I was a young girl.

I began Cosmetology School when I was 16. I started my career in NYC assisting editorial stylists backstage at New York Fashion Week. After graduation, I received advanced color training in Los Angeles, soon returning to New York. I believe that consistent education is fundamental to success in an industry that’s always changing, and I love learning about the latest techniques and trends.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Seamless highlights, lived-in color, and big transformations
My personality in 3 words
Optimistic, creative, passionate
Sign/Enneagram
Aries/Taurus cusp, 7
My signature hairstyle
Bold yet effortless
Favorite food
Pasta fagioli
Holy grail hair product
Oribe's Gold Lust Shampoo
Pet(s)
My dog, Pluto, a Mini Aussie
I'm a regular at...
Fierce Grace Hot Yoga Studio
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Attending hair school at 16 and starting my career early
On my days off, you'll find me...
Stretching out on my yoga mat by day, hosting moon ceremonies by evening to dancing into the night dressing like I came out of a cosmic time machine
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what...
Helping my clients transform and feel more beautiful than they already are
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Nada

Level 3

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Venmo  Instagram

G rowing up with thick, curly hair, all I ever knew was how to tame it and wasn’t taught to embrace it. My mom would let me get it blown out and straightened professionally once a year and let me tell you it was truly the most incredible feeling! A feeling that eventually inspired me to learn how to style hair so I could help others feel as amazing as that little girl. After getting my BA in Theater, I furthered my education by attending Arrojo Cosmetology. Soon after, I was offered the opportunity to be Brooke’s apprentice for a year and am now behind the chair full time.

I love doing crisp bobs, bright blondes, and fiery red heads, among so much else. My ultimate goal as a hairdresser is to make my clients, regardless of hair textures or type, feel as radiant as that tiny kid who got to feel like a queen for a day.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Blonding, bobs and long layers
My personality in 3 words
Inviting, adaptive, curious
Sign/Enneagram
Gemini, stuck between 3/6/9
My signature hairstyle
Alternating between my curly fro and a 70’s inspired blowout
Favorite food
Anything French and/or Asian
Power outfit
Nothing like an all black fit to make me feel like my best self
Pet(s)
Two adopted pups named Nala and Bailey, both mutts
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Allowing myself to go back to school to strengthen my craft in acting
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what
My dogs. I can be in the worst mood possible, and they are the only ones who are capable to put a smile on my face.
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Katelyn

Level 2

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Suzi

Level 2

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Harley

Level 2

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Karen

Level 2

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Katelyn

Level 2

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Venmo  Instagram

F rom Long Island, I always knew I wanted to live in NYC and have a career where I could express my creativity. After graduating from Hunter College with a degree in anthropology, I didn’t experience the fulfillment I’d hoped for from my post-graduate jobs. As fascinating as anthropology is, my career path lacked creative expression so I decided to attend Arrojo Cosmetology School. After being in school for just a short time, I knew I’d made the right choice. Hair dressing is, it turns out, a perfect mixture of anthropology and art.

As a hairdresser, I get to play with color and shape, but I also get to be a student of humanity. I specialize in cuts and color that are easy to work with at home and that give my clients that effortless look. I have training in both scissor and razor techniques and enjoy combining the two for most cuts. When not in the salon you can find me cuddling in bed with my cat, Lucy, or wandering around Prospect Park on a nice day.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Lived in layered cuts and super blended natural highlights
My personality in 3 words
Personable, easy-going, sweet
Sign
Pisces
My signature hairstyle
Air drying my hair and letting my natural texture come out
Pet(s)
My cat, Lucy
Holy grail hair products
Any powdered dry shampoo and Oribe’s Dry texture spray
Favorite travel destination
London. I studied abroad there and love to go back whenever I can.
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Definitely becoming a stylist here at The Bird House. I feel so lucky to be working with an incredibly talented and supportive team.
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Suzi

Level 1 — Junior Stylist

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Venmo  Instagram

I have always been a passionate, detail oriented, and artistic individual with a love for beauty and expression. I grew up in theatre, and found a deep love for hair and makeup through my backstage experiences. After getting a BFA in Musical Theatre, I studied at the Aveda Institute NY, and my hair experience also includes film/tv, theatre, celebrities, and fashion.

My favorite services are transformational haircuts, natural blonding, and updo/event styling, but every client experience is a treat, and I love tackling your hair goals collaboratively. I carefully consider your face shape, lifestyle, and personal aesthetic when I work, and my goal is to help you express your most confident, truest self.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Natural blondes, transitioning to darker, thinning hair, problem solving cuts
My personality in 3 words
Passionate, honest, intuitive
Sign/Enneagram
Scorpio/2
My signature hairstyle
Tousled waves
I'm a regular at...
Hot yoga
Favorite food
Perfectly crispy french fries
Holy grail hair products
Oribe's Serene Scalp Thickening Spray, and Supershine
On my days off, you'll find me...
At dance class, spending time outdoors with friends, thrifting through vintage shops
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
All of it! Every win, big or small, is important and special in being our most authentic selves.
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what
Dark chocolate or a deep, genuine, belly laugh
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Harley

Level 2

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Venmo  Instagram

Growing up, I often experimented with my hair but it wasn’t until I went to a real salon that I was shown my hair’s full potential. My stylist taught me how to style my curls when I didn’t even know I had them! I loved the feeling I left with, and knew then that I wanted to pass that feeling on to others. I take a lot of pride in educating my clients on ways to see the potential in their own hair, to reach their goals, and to match their lifestyle.

I specialize in all curl types and textures and I love setting my clients up with an at-home regimen geared toward their everyday habits and showing them ways to get salon results at home.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Curly and textured hair
My personality in 3 words
Diligent, reliable, passionate
Sign
Taurus
Holy grail hair products
Oribe's Curl Gelee
On my days off you'll find me...
Riding my bike
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Karen

Level 2

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Venmo  Instagram

A fter moving to New York from California to pursue my passion for hair and fashion, I attended Aveda Institute in Manhattan. I have always been artistic and love working with my hands, so hairdressing is a perfect fit. I love helping people feel their best and I truly care for my clients’ well-being. Given that I’m a Californian at heart, it’s no surprise that I love creating blondes and creative colors.

I love the ocean, I listen to a lot of different genres of music, and occasionally pick up the guitar. I’m looking forward to continuing to broaden my skills at The Bird House and I can’t wait to see you in my chair!

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Blonde highlights, creative color, and long layered cuts
My personality in 3 words
Supportive, easygoing, artistic
Sign/Enneagram
Pisces/2
My signature hairstyle
Right now my hair is long but I also love when it's in a cute textured bob
Favorite food
Ceviche and tacos
Pet(s)
My dog, Churro my corn snake, Butters
Holy grail hair product
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Favorite travel destination
London
On my days off, you’ll find me…
Either at brunch and/or on a long walk
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Fiona

Level 2

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Irina

Level 2

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Caroline

Level 1 — Junior Stylist

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Erika

Level 1 — Junior Stylist

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Fiona

Level 2

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Venmo  Instagram

A s a kid, my candy store was the salon—my passion for all things beauty has always been innate. Before I graduated the Aveda Institute NYC, I got a bachelor’s in psychology, because I wanted to learn the science of people before I embarked in my career in hair. The connection between you and your stylist is the foundation for creating beautiful hair. It’s not quite therapy, it’s Hairapy. When you’re in my chair, I am dedicated to listening and turning your vision into a reality, providing you with well-deserved pampering, and also teaching how to care for your hair.

I specialize in seamless balayage and blonding, meticulous color corrections and cool-toned brunettes. In my free time, you can find me luxuriating in the bath, hair mask in, face mask on, Celine Dion playing in the background. Let’s do your hair.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Seamless balayage, bleach and tones, creative color, 90’s layered cuts
My personality in 3 words
Logical, sensitive, hard-working
My signature hairstyle
Long textured waves
Sign
Capricorn
I'm a regular at...
My local pizza shop and the Korean spa
Pet(s)
Patches, my one-eyed cat
Favorite food
Sushi
On my days off you'll find me...
Doing a gel manicure/pedicure, glossing my hair, tinting my eyelashes and sitting in a candlelit bath for hours
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Graduating college and moving to Brooklyn to pursue my dream career in hair
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what
An extra-hot oat milk latte
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Irina

Level 2

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Venmo  Instagram

I always knew that whatever career I’d choose, I wanted to make people feel good about themselves. There is no greater feeling than watching my clients’ energy shift as they begin to feel a sense of confidence they didn’t have just moments ago.

I was educated by top stylists in the industry, have worked for several high-end salons, and have owned my own bridal styling business for the better part of the last decade. Throughout my career, I’ve honed my approach— to help you look like the best version of yourself.

In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my family, particularly my nieces and nephew, trying new restaurants, and exploring new cities. And I will always stop someone to ask if I can pet their dog!

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Lived in layers, bobs and styling
My personality in 3 words
Dorky, loyal, compassionate
My signature hairstyle
Wavy
Sign
Cancer sun, gemini moon, virgo rising
Favorite food
Spicy vodka rigatoni
Holy grail hair products
Oribe's Creme For Style
Power outfit
Oversized blazer, body suit, high waisted ripped jeans
I'm a regular at...
Orange Theory Fitness
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what...
Being around my friends and family
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Caroline

Level 1 — Junior Stylist

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Venmo  Instagram

G rowing up in a small Southern town, going to the hair salon was intertwined with being a part of our community. We’d all leave the salon feeling beautiful and ever since I was young I wanted to be a part of that experience. I attended Arrojo here in NYC and began my career at The Bird House.

I have had the opportunity to learn from the best of the best here, and I’m honored to now put everything I’ve learned to practice. My specialties include blonding, reds, and curly cuts. Whenever I’m not in the salon, I love hanging out with my pups, Dixie and Amos, and trying new restaurants with my husband.

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Blonding and layered cuts
My personality in 3 words
Bubbly, quirky, friendly
Sign/Enneagram
Aquarius/2
My signature hairstyle
Loose beach waves, or a bouncy blowout
I'm a regular at...
Sweet Talk and Nitehawk Cinema
Favorite food
My Nonnie’s yaki mish, and butter chicken with garlic naan
Pet(s)
A corgi named Dixie and a chihuahua named Amos
Holy grail hair products
Oribe's Gel Serum, Thick Finishing Spray, and Maximista
My greatest accomplishment (so far)
Fulfilling my dream of becoming a stylist in New York
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what
Facetiming with my dad or my nephew
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Erika

Level 1 — Junior Stylist

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Venmo  Instagram

I always knew I wanted to move to New York City, having grown up nearby in New Jersey. After receiving my BFA in Musical Theatre and spending years traveling and performing as an actor, I realized the passion I had for hair and makeup and decided to turn that into a career by studying cosmetology at the Aveda Institute. Even before graduating I was offered the opportunity to begin my apprenticeship with the incredibly talented Katie Casola here at The Bird House, and I am thrilled to now be able to work along side her.

I specialize in dimensional blonding, natural red heads and bobs, and I absolutly love connecting with my clients and using my skills and passion to make you feel like your best self!

Pronouns
She/her
Hair specialties
Natural blondes, natural red heads, blended layers
My personality in 3 words
Passionate, empathetic, perceptive
Sign/Enneagram
Gemini
My signature hairstyle
Air dried natural loose waves
I'm a regular at...
NYC's zoos
Favorite food
Sushi
Pet(s)
My sweet kitty, Leon
Holy grail hair products
Oribe's Matte Waves
On my days off, you'll find me...
At a brewery, spending time with friends, or snuggling my kitty
One thing that can make my day better, no matter what
A good y2k throwback playlist