How long have you been a Regional Color Coordinator? I have been a Regional Coordinator for almost two years and every single day is different from the last.
Why did you choose to partner with Paul Mitchell? I started this venture in the beauty industry at Paul Mitchell The School – Sherman Oaks and I drank the Kool-Aid, as they say, on my first day of Core! Once I learned about all of the philanthropic, animal-friendly, environmentally conscience things that John Paul Mitchell Systems stands for, I knew this would be a lifelong partnership. It’s very important to associate yourself with people and ideas that parallel your own personal values and goals, and Paul Mitchell does just that for me.
What is the most important piece of your role as a Regional Color Coordinator? I’d have to say the most important piece of my role as an RCC is being the face and energy of Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color around the clock… we never stop representing what we stand for!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while working in the field? The funniest AND most incredible thing that has happened to me in the field has to be realizing that I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic next to John Paul DeJoria on my way home from an in-salon class. I wanted to really catch his attention to say hello so my first impulse was to grab my shines XG swatch book from my backseat (as an RCC, your car is just bursting at the seams with color tubes, swatch books, mixing bowls, etc., and this was the first thing within reach) and wave it at him while yelling out the window,. “JP, I LOVE YOU!”. His reaction was so sincere and hilarious—he rolled down his window and with a chuckle demanded that I pull over and take a selfie with him. We spent 20 minutes sitting on the shoulder of the Pacific Coast Highway, chatting about our day and taking selfies. I will never forget that!
Describe a special moment as a Regional Color Coordinator? A special moment as a Regional Color Coordinator is walking into a salon that has never used Paul Mitchell color and feeling the hesitation, nervousness, and a little bit of resistance from stylists, and then seeing their emotions and ideas start to make a 180-degree turn. Then hearing them say “I want to be Paul Mitchell.” That magic moment for some happens after you make that final turn of the stylist chair after finishing a blow-out on your color model, or for some that moment comes when they hear JP and Paul’s story. For others it happens when you tell them, “We are, and always will be, here for you.” It’s when they realize that they want to be a part of this revolution, that’s when I experience that special moment as an RCC, and nothing else could ever make me feel that way.
Paul Mitchell has created so many opportunities in color: Paul Mitchell the color, PM SHINES®, Dual-Purpose Lightener, SynchroLift®, Lighten Up®, Flash Back, Flash Finish®, Color Shots® and the newest addition, shines XG™. Which of these tools is your personal favorite and why? You wouldn’t believe how hard this question is to answer! I suppose if I HAD to pick one, it would be SynchroLift. I think that this lightener gives such an incredible foundation for any and all blonding flavors. I’m a huge INKWORKS® fanatic (anyone that knows me definitely knows this), and SynchroLift always helps me get those gorgeous levels of lift while keeping the hair integrity and texture fabulous so that my end INK result looks consistent, even and predictable. In Southern California the majority of your guests are either going blonder or blondest, and when I have the luxury and convenience of using this gentle on-and-off-scalp technology, it helps my business grow and heads turn.
Please share one of your all-time-favorite formulas. I can’t really narrow this down to one, so I’m going to give two! The first one I like to call “Double-Dipped Chocolate Cherry” and it consists of equal parts Paul Mitchell the color 6RR and 5NN. It’s simply delectable. My second is equal parts shines XG 7RO and 7RV. This ends up being the most incredible, vibrant, lip-smacking fruit punch color.
What is your favorite color pre-treatment or post-treatment? My favorite pre-treatment ritual is Shampoo Three® and Awapuhi Wild Ginger® KeraTriplex® 2-Step Repair. Let’s face it, hardly anyone’s hair is virgin nowadays. If you’re not coloring your hair, you’re certainly in the sun and/or heat styling every day. This pre-treatment gives me the greatest predictability and it’s a service upgrade! As for my favorite post-treatment, I can’t get enough of the Ultimate Color Repair® 3-part system. I always use Color Protect® Post Color Shampoo to get in there and hunt down any un-oxidized stragglers, but once that’s finished, my guest will get to experience the beauty and awesomeness that is the Quinoa Color-Locking System in Ultimate Color Repair.
What is the biggest gift Paul Mitchell and your position as a RCC has given you? Every single day I pinch myself to see if this is a reality. Once I fell in love with Paul Mitchell, it had always been my dream to represent it with my whole heart and soul and give back to the company and the hairdressers that believe in it. Every single day is a gift working for John Paul DeJoria and Angus Mitchell.
What kind of legacy would you like to leave everyone with? Always have fun, believe in yourself and give back. Whether you’re a hairdresser or not, I would love to influence people to do what they love, be happy, always smile, and don’t let anything ever stop you.
Is there anything else you would like to share? Not only has Paul Mitchell shaped my life, dreams, and goals into something obtainable and positive, it has also brought me to meet the love of my life! While working as the color specialist at Paul Mitchell the School Sherman Oaks, I met my now husband, Michael, when he was a Future Professional. I believe that when you surround yourself with the right people and the right culture that brings out the best in you, good things come and your path just opens up right before your eyes! And sure enough, our stars aligned and I have Paul Mitchell himself to thank!