We’re so happy to welcome Anna to the team at TRiM! We asked her a few questions to get to know her better.
1. What drew you to the industry and how did you get started?
Growing up in a small town, I loved playing with my cousins’ hair and convincing friends and family to style or cut their hair. From doing fun photo shoots with friends to styling hair for school dances, it always came so naturally and I realized this was what I wanted to do. At the age of 16 I worked at a local salon for school credits; even though it was mostly sweeping hair, answering phones and shampooing, I loved being in a creative atmosphere. At school I loved writing, art and anything where I could be creative. After graduating high school and receiving credits through the salon, I decided to head to Marvel College in Edmonton. I knew I was in the right place – getting those fresh mannequin heads to play with was the best. We had a lot of colour and cutting competitions within the school, and when I won the first one I entered I was thrilled! Luckily I was able to continue working at the same salon where I’d built myself a clientele. It was so cool to have friends and family visit for haircuts and colours, and meeting new people all the time keeps it interesting. To do what I love hardly feels like work – it’s the coolest thing ever.
2. How long have you been at TRiM?
I’ve only been at TRiM for a couple of weeks and I am so thrilled about it. Also they have an amazing team – very talented and warm – welcoming me into my new hair home. I feel very lucky to be part of the TRiM family. I also love the Main Street vibe. I’ve always wanted to work with Aveda so I’m pretty excited to play with the colour and products. I also love that TRiM is a Green Circle salon; they recycle everything, which is very important to me, and responsibly dispose of any unused colour. They also keep up with their education, and have regular cutting/colouring classes and fun photo shoots to stay on top of the latest trends and techniques!
3. What is your go-to day-to-day hairstyle?
Hmm… Well as much as I like to perfect my clients’ hair, I’m not one to spend a lot of time on my own. I prefer to keep my hair shorter to bring out the curl, and because it’s also fine it gives the illusion of thicker hair. I also don’t use a lot of products; I don’t own hairspray and like to keep it simple, using light products such as the Intelligent Nutrients leave-in conditioner (that I’ve fallen in LOVE with – my dream product!). I don’t like to wash my hair much either because naturally curly hair tends to be dry. I’ll use dry shampoo sometimes to get me through an extra day four or five! I find I get more compliments the dirtier it is.
4. Who have been your greatest personal hair inspirations throughout the years?
Growing up in the 90s and early 2000s Rachel’s layered cut on Friends was a favourite, and I always Gwen Stefani’s changing looks and fun colours. I loved when guests would come in wanting a few different colours like red with brown or some blonde peek-a-boos. I look back at the stripe look though and I didn’t love that. I’m happy we’ve evolved from using the hair straightener so much too. I much prefer softer, natural looks, but I do like to have some fun. For many years I was platinum blonde and had a few bright pink pieces. As soon as I could colour my hair I was always changing it and spontaneously going from hairdresser to hairdresser. I’ve been many colours but always eventually revert back to being natural as I’d call myself a bit of a hippie at heart – pretty down to earth. Bohemian beachy looks are my current fave, soft and natural. The West Coast suits me best.
5. Name three of your top products and why?
My newest favourite as mentioned above is the Intelligent Nutrients leave-in conditioner: it’s so light and has almost a gel-like consistency. 100% non-toxic and plant-based, it nourishes and protects the scalp with oils like grapeseed, grapefruit and pumpkin, and cardamon, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, lavender – the list of superior ingredients goes on. Safe for us and the earth. Once you try it you’ll be hooked! It’s free of parabens, silicones and great to use on colour-treated hair. It’s definitely my new go-to product. Love!
Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy is another of my favourites for curly hair. It’s got a hint of patchouli, which I love, and is very conditioning, packed with beautiful essential oils.
Lastly, it’s a tie between the Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair with quinoa protein, and the Intelligent Nutrients Pure Luxe shampoo free of sulphates, parabens, silicones, wax, phthalates and synthetic fragrances. Both are highly concentrated with organic essential oils like pumpkin seed oil, raspberry oil and sesame oil that leave your hair feeling better that it’s ever felt. These products not only smell awesome but leave your hair so shiny and nourished, full of antioxidants that revive the hair to keep it looking and feeling its best.
6.What is your number one hair care tip?
Don’t wash your hair every day, and don’t use drug store shampoos. They build up a waxy film on your hair, and leave it frizzy and weighed down. It’s a good investment buying proper shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t have sulphates that will strip your hair. If you pay to have a colour at the salon and go home and use Pantene it will strip away the colour and leave it looking hollow. Plus salon products are very concentrated so you only need a little bit. It will go a long way. Less is more, and imperfect hair is better! Work with what you’ve got. Hair really has a mind of its own so don’t fight it! Experiment with using a curling iron or a wand to enhance your natural texture. I love curly hair!
7. What’s your favourite era for hair?
I love the flowing waves and shag cuts from the 70s like Farrah Fawcett and Sophia Loren’s. I loved the flirty feathery looks that were still very natural looking, a lot like the looks that are back in style now. Like the sun-bleached highlights of Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon, I love the natural looking blondes you can achieve with a balayage technique. That hair that you had when you were five!
8. What is the most requested hair style at the salon?
At the moment it’s a lot of hairstyles I love. I’m really loving the balayage technique: it’s a very creative way of painting the hair to get an effect that looks very natural, and it’s less maintenance for the grow out. I love adding extra lighter pieces around the face and crown, where the sun would naturally highlight your hair. Painting on some lighter pieces either with foils or balayage adds a dimensional look to the hair, giving it more depth. Sometimes less is more with colour.
A huge thank you to Anna for taking the time to let us get to know her better. Be sure to come by the salon to meet her and the rest of our amazing team!
Here are the links to all of the awesome products Anna loves:
Intelligent Nutrients Leave-In Conditioner
Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion
Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair
Intelligent Nutrients Pure Luxe
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