I’m an independent hairstylist based at Starling Hair and Beauty in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I provide haircuts, styling and color services for all genders, with a special interest in hair painting / balayage highlights and color.
My career as a licensed stylist began in 1994, after serving a New Hampshire State Board-supervised apprenticeship for the owner of a small, popular hair salon here in Portsmouth.
I’m always seeking the most modern, fashion-forward ways to cut, color and style hair. As an apprentice, my Sassoon-trained instructor imprinted her cutting techniques as well as instilled the drive to further my coloring skills independently. When I worked for an Aveda salon, I availed myself of their in-house and out-of-state education opportunities, earning seven certificates in six years for color and styling. I am also fortunate to have trained with Oscar Bond, Ashlee Norman, Dante Pronio, Maria Booth, Rowena Hiraga, Pony Salon Education and I continually pursue education opportunities classes via artists whom I admire and draw inspiration from.
Having had many years of experience with multiple color lines and products, I prefer the Italian line Davines for highest quality and lowest environmental impact.
The accountability I feel toward my clients and mentors inspires me to continually pursue excellence. Creating a beautiful world is something we can all contribute to in many ways! As for me, first and foremost this includes respecting our environment and celebrating kindness and diversity. Professionally, I strive to provide superior service and luxurious, wearable results.
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