This is my mentor. I can’t tell you how much she means to me. I met her as a 21 year old hairstylist. I had already been doing hair a few years and I will humbly admit that was I terrible! She took me under her wing and showed me her ways. I watched every move she made. The way she cut hair, foiled and noted how she interacted with her clients. She wasn’t paid to teach me. She was happy to share and encourage my growth. She has been by my side for the last 26 years. We haven’t always worked in the same salon but nevertheless, she continues to cheer me on. She was there when I went to work as an educator for Redken, opened my salon and even scooped me up after I closed my salon. She never once let me feel like a failure. She taught me that every single experience in life is a lesson. She has taught me not to take myself so seriously and roll with with whatever life brings me. Believe me, it’s not in my nature to just chill but she has always been a fine example to aspire to. She is 65 years old and still doing the damn thing every day behind the chair! Cranking out beautiful Balayage on the regular. It’s a rare blessing to have such a person in your life. I do not take my relationship with her for granted. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I would not be the hairstylist or even the human I am without her. My advice to everyone is, no matter what your industry, to find yourself a mentor and listen, watch and learn. I’d love to hear your stories about the ones that have made an impact on your careers! Share the love!