This "hair thing" started during my freshman year of high school when I ruined my bedroom rug coloring my own hair. I apologized to my mother for years. She ripped up the rug when I went off to college so I just ruined the bathrooms there instead. Sorry UNCW.
While working at American Airlines I met David, who did hair part-time when we weren't getting yelled at for lost bags. When my best friend decided she wanted to cut her hair, I immediately found some scissors and cut it all kinds of crazy. It was David that came to save my poor friend's hair, but he thought I had potential! I enrolled at Leon's Beauty School at the ripe old age of 26...and Mom finally let me off the hook.
Six years after graduating beauty school, I took a class that changed everything for me. I found my people and I got the education bug. I became an American Board Certified Haircolorist in 2005. I got my Cosmetology Instructor license in 2007. Over the last 10 years, I traveled and taught hair color education to my fellow stylists - in my backyard and as far as Curacao. Yeah, Curacao!
While I had learned so much, from so many - incredible stylists, super smart cosmetic chemists, business geniuses, I realized I missed doing hair. So I came back behind the chair and opened White Birch Gallery Salon in November of 2017. I named it after the New Hampshire state tree. After traveling all over the place for work, living in 6 different states, I knew I wanted to land here in NH. The salon name is a little nod to that decision. And let's be real, decorating with birch trees, wood tones, and greenery is just about as cozy as it gets.
I want you to have the best results.
I want those results to last as long as possible.
I want the ingredients to be "good" for all of us.
But salon chemicals are crazy complicated.
I don't green wash or believe in marketing hype. Clean beauty, natural beauty, organic beauty, etc. are buzz words that aren't yet legally defined like they are in the organic food industry. Anyone can claim anything, for now. In the meantime, be careful about what you use and don't believe everything you read. If you have sensitivities or allergies to salon chemicals, but don't want to give up on your hair completely, there are options and I'll help you navigate.