Featured Stylist Siouxsie
Siouxsie is a dynamic member of the AJF Salon team. A Junior Stylist with a passionate nature and a deep commitment to offering her clients meaningful transformational experiences, she shows a great deal of promise. With a unique personality that overflows onto her clients, it’s a pleasure to spend time in Siouxsie’s chair. We know that you will find her journey into the art and craft of hairdressing as fascinating as we do:
1. You were born in Mexico and bounced between there and the United States as a child. What was that like and what are your most unforgettable memories from that time?
Bouncing back & forth from country to country was difficult, as soon as I started to make friends & settle down it seemed like it was time to get up & go again. I guess in a sense it also became a blessing in disguise, I became fluent in both languages & found myself interpreting for my folks at the very tender age of 11-12. Some of the most unforgetable memories I have from that time are being a kid & feeling the need to play & communicate with the other children & feeling helpless because I didn’t speak the language, that pushed me to learn english at an incredibly fast speed; I remember having this horrible bright yellow track suit, I think it was the first outfit I owned in the US I looked like I belonged to the Italian mafia. My mother asked me once which princess I wanted to be & I told her I didnt want to be a princess I wanted to be the monster from the black lagoon – I think she was disappointed.
2. What do you think you gained from having insight into several cultures, as opposed to only being exposed to just this one?
Having lived in different countries has given me exposure to different types of visual arts/music & it’s made me who I am today. Having insight to several cultures opens up your mind, gives me options, gives me ideas, gives me inspiration that otherwise I wouldn’t have if I were stuck in just one place, now a days things are a bit different we have the internet & the world is at our fingertips… still there is so much culture, so much art out there that unless you know what you are looking for you will not come across it. There’s so much to learn.
3. You were artistic from an early age. What were the ways that you expressed your creativity?
I always drew & painted, I used to tune in to PBS & paint “happy clouds” along with Bob Ross. There was a book that I checked out from the school library every single week, it was called “How to Draw 50 Monsters” By Lee Ames it was amazing!!!!! It had all the Universal Classics – Frankenstein, Warewolf, Mummy … that was my absolute favorite.
4. When did you realize that you were called by the art of hairdressing?
I’ve always liked hair, hairdressing… I remember being 13-isn & looking at a Harpers Bazar & being mesmerized by the hair & makeup, trying to do updos on my dolls, trying to give them haircuts. I saved up my money & bought myself a big book on braiding from the school book order club, it was rad. In high school i moved on to hair color (this was the punk rocker stage) I would bleach out my friends hair & tint it back in punk colors, I had no idea what I was doing I mean I had common sense but no professional training.
5. What is your favorite part about being a part of your clients lives in such an impactful way?
To see them come in looking a certain way & see them walk out with a big smile & so much confidence, that feeling is priceless.
6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself doing this only 10 times better! I would love to style the models for Harpers Bazar, or do some Avant Garde hair, or Haute Coiffure.