Behind the Chair

20150828_073115  I’m a graduate of a Pivot Point Academy and have been a licensed Cosmetologist since 2002. I am currently licensed to work on the island of Guam, in Washington State and Colorado. I opened my first salon in 2003 called Bellezza Dentro Salon off of Speer Boulevard in downtown Denver.
It was a lot of work, but so much fun designing it. I was on a really tight budget so I had to find pieces of furniture from thrift stores that I could recover and paint to be able to put this boutique style salon together.
She was a cozy little place. My friend David and I chopped and dyed side by side each day from behind the chair there.
I left my little boutique salon in the hands of my lovely friend David Torres. We left Colorado and moved to Florida. Why? One day let’s stop and chat. My husband joined the military shortly after moving to Florida. Why? Let’s stop and chat. One thing about being married to a man in the military is that when you pack up and move on to a new place, you meet new people and get to redesign your salon/writing space. DSC_0627
Here are a few of the beauties I’ve been able to serve behind the chair, starting in hair school back in 2001. Also a few hair tips… First up a gorgeous bride. She was wed at the Castello di Oliveto. I had the opportunity to do her hair and makeup on her wedding day in Tuscany, Italy.
Below is one of my favorite clients in Denver. She LOVED to try new things!
~An A-line cut bob with a platinum blonde tone is one of my favorite chop and dye combinations. That is my sister in law below. It was freezing that day in Seattle. I caught her at a bad time and the other photos were fuzzy!!!
~I love the neckline and color combination after this chop and dye. She has a great neck to wear this stacked/A-line haircut.
Straight, textured bobs and ends broken up with a razor, I love taking a classic bob and making it edgier. Product applied to the hair before the use of a flat iron protects the hair shaft. Did I mention I am product dependent?
~A big fan of spunky and fun cuts. These kids are a few of my favorites. Hair grows so fast and these kind of cuts are not for every family but they are full of personality.
~Curly girls!!! As you know dry, frizzy hair is unappealing. Also looking like you have a triangle on your head is not fun unless you’re going for that look. Remember curly girls, to only wash the roots of your hair. The remainder of the shampoo will make its way to the end of your locks while rinsing. Condition and don’t forget to apply a silkening serum or cuticle serum to the hair shaft before blow drying or air drying. Although you can eliminate a lot of what I said by cleansing with New Wash by and applying Hair Balm after you wash.
~You can spend a lot of time and money enhancing your locks. You don’t want to wash the $$$ you do spend down the drain or use products that strip the hair of moisture. Of course, Sulfate free and Paraben free products are ideal and best for hair but they may still have a detergent in them.  New Wash by is AMAZING! Watch the video at to see how to properly cleanse with it. Remember your stylist or one you never met named Emily Gibson referred you. ships FREE to all US residents.
Due to moving around over the years and listening to horrible hair stories I will share with you a little secret. I do my own highlights/color, chopping, and waxing. Well, I enlisted my husband to shave the back of my head in the spring of 2017.
I save our family budget SOOO much money. I remind my husband when I need to splurge how much this work would cut into our family fun budget if I went out in town. You’re welcome, Husband. 
When we returned to the states after living on the island of Guam, I chopped all my hair off. I seriously needed a change. I did find an EXCELLENT Hairstylist who owns the cutest boutique salon called Sirens in Monterey, California. I chopped the heck out of my hair and she helped this old lady with a shape I am keeping up with these days. Thank you, Jodi.
I’ve worked with Redken, Matrix, Joico, Keune, Goldwell, Wella, No INHIBITION and milk_shake color lines.


 ~Here are a few of my favorite redheads. Even if you’re a natural redhead you can add a variety of red tones to add more depth or even dissolving the red tones by going blonde to mix things up.


Red fashion color as it fades to pink and out. Using a shampoo with detergents will strip color faster. She wanted blood red so we did it. Remember, red fades fast so make sure you are not washing your hair every day and using a product for color treated hair. May I suggest New Wash. Lol.

Remember blonde beauties use a violet shampoo once a week to combat yellowing from pollution, hard water, fading of a toner or cigarette smoke. Also, don’t forget about deep conditioning and protein treatments. This does go against the claim by, with their product New Wash, because the New Wash eliminates shampooing, conditioning, and masks. So as I repeat myself about this product…

Photo of this beauty in my shop in Guam.


Then in her element. 12814512_10154010345976170_8456878545104422506_n


This beauty up above and down below has been a hair guest in my chair in Guam and in California. She takes phenomenal photographs. She goes by Tori. Check out her work here. Thank you, Victoria Heer, for trusting me with your hair. You have the best of the best to service your follicle needs and I thank you for choosing me. A freelance, boutique kind of gal.


Big fan of the adventurous clients who decide to chop it all off.
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~Remember you don’t have to get all crazy and change your whole look if you’re feeling crabby. Just add a few highlights that shimmer or just whisper throughout your hair. Try an asymmetrical haircut or add a few waves. A little bit can go a long way and ease you into a big change.
A caramel and cinnamon combination of color in the hair is one of my favorites.

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~Maybe you’re not ready to commit to a color change?


Buy a few inexpensive wigs. Synthetic wigs are fine. Wear them around the house or pop a hat on top of it and sport it around town. It will save you a whole lot of money in the end and damage to the hair if you’re not sure what you want to do but want a change.
~Would you like to donate your hair for a good cause? Wigs for Kids is a private non-profit group that specializes in hair replacements for children. To donate your ponytail visit Wigs For
I couldn’t fit all my favorite chops and dyes here today. If you’ve sat in my chair over the years, I want to thank you for trusting me with your hair and skin. Many of you have made me laugh, cry and smile, I miss you! You made life in that moment what it was supposed to be. Hope to see you again one day. Don’t forget I can always come to you. I make house calls and love to travel. For future clients, I look forward to enhancing your outer beauty from behind the chair. Again to schedule an appointment you can contact me at 529130_281077401979123_1316476895_n

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