Q&A with Ashlyn

Name: Ashlyn
From: Illinois


1. What is it like being a Professional Hairstylist?

Being a professional hairstylist is amazing,  I get to express my artistic qualities while making people feel on top of the world!

2. Why did you decided to become a hairstylist? What inspired you?
I knew at a young age there was something different about me.Unfortunately being gullible, awkward youth… It took years to figure out that there was nothing wrong with me. I was an artist. I grew up being surrounded by artistic people (family and friends alike) and despite being scrutinized and bullied, I stuck it out and continued being my skinny, lanky, tomboy self. I had an intense obsession as a child of playing with makeup, being photographed, dressing up, and reconstructing my clothing. It wasn’t until the age of 15 that I knew I wanted to work in a profession where I could express myself. From that point came the strenuous task of choosing an artist career suitable for me. Eventually I settled on Cosmetology.
3. How does it make you feel when you help others feel good about themselves?
Being raised in the hardworking, humble German family that I was, I knew not only that I wanted to express myself through being a cosmetologist but I want to make a difference in my clients lives.
4. Do you style hair for both men and women’s?
I do specialize in both men and women’s services.After living in Chicago for 5 months (and relentless job hunting) I landed a full-time job at a salon specializing in the customization of wigs and hairpieces (mainly for clients experiencing medical hair loss due to chemo or radiation treatments). So not only can I still experiment with new color techniques and products on my regular clientele but have these amazingly strong people, going through one of the hardest experiences in their life, giving me the opportunity to change their life. Needless to say the “fate” thing is pretty evident. It’s an amazing feeling having not only the pleasure of meeting these people but them giving me the opportunity to get to know them on a personal basis. Being able to make them feel more like their old selves and watching them go from diagnosis to overcoming their illness is the most rewarding part. These individuals boost my confidence without even trying. They give me strength outside of the salon to grow in modeling and my many other aspirations.It definitely creates a different dynamic and is sometimes a challenge. In this occupation it’s good to have challenges. I always say if you’re not growing as an artist and trying things, there really isn’t a point of being a cosmetologist!
5. What is your favorite aspect of being a cosmetologist(color, cut, style)?
By far, since day one of getting my card to buy professional products at the beauty supply store, I’ve been a color addict! The possibilities are limitless and I love seeing what new lines and techniques the industry will come out with next!!!
6. What are some inside tips you tell clients to do with their own hair to keep it healthy?
Since I get a lot of clients trying to grow their hair either out or longer.  The best ways I recommend to keep your locks healthy during that period and you possibly just wanting to gain another inch per year are:
  • Obviously, take care of it. Stop ripping through your hair with a brush, if you have tangles work them out gently, start at your ends and work your way up.
  • Eat healthy. Lots of veggies(the green kind, lol)  healthy fats like walnuts, almonds, and anything organic coconut. And yes you can take a daily dose of Biotin or a Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
  • Professional products. Yes I know they cost more, but you’re paying for quality and remember “a little goes a long way” so they are going to last twice as long.
Also, remember a good shampooing process is the start of every good style and maintaining your healthy locks.
  • Another little tip: after you shampoo and have applied your conditioner, take a wide tooth comb and comb the product through. Leave on for at least 1 minute before rinsing. This will saturate every strand completely and you will get the most bang for your buck!
7. What products do you use to keep your hair healthy?
Iuseavariety of different shampoos, mainly Paul Mitchell Super Skinny.  As for conditioner I am a coconut oil freak! I use it on my hair, skin, and nails. It’s all natural which is always a plus and it’s got all the goods your hair needs!

 Occasionally I will use “Its A 10” before blow drying, which not only protects my hair against heat and environmental damage but adds intense shine and silky smoothness! Obviously a healthy diet is #1! I eat and supplement lot of Omega 3s too! Eggs, nuts, coconut water, coconut everything! 🙂
Instagram: @ASHOWLYN


June 23, 2015
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