How did you get into this business?
My grandmother saw that I liked to work with my hands. We didn’t have a lot of money, so she thought I should find a job right away. A week after high school graduation, I was in beauty school.

What do you love most about your job?
The challenge. There’s such a rush when you deliver something special that people really want, even if it’s something silly like hair color. What celebrity’s hair color is most requested? Since Sex and the City 2 came out, a lot of people are looking at Sarah Jessica Parker’s color again, because it’s a little bit more caramel-y and golden. For a more natural highlighted blond, I get a lot of Sienna [Miller]. She’s a good represenation of the whole beachy feel without that kind of “extreme root” going on.

How many different colors has your own hair been?
Probably every single color—until I became completely satisfied with being a bleached blond, which has been about four years now. I get it done every four weeks. My colorist worked at another salon and I loved him, so I made him come here!