I guess you could say I was born into the industry with my earliest memory being my mother putting me in hair shows and being completely fascinated by hair and make-up and how it can transform the way we look! I remember when I was about 14 I would spend hours at my vanity table creating different looks, styling my hair and applying make-up! My family used to tease me that I was vain and always looking in the mirror, but for me it was about the fascination of how one brush stroke or one strand of hair in just the right way could create 'Beauty and Elegance' and transform my look. My friends would come to me at an early age for answers about how they could improve their look. To this day they thank me. I remember vividly, having a girl in front of me in tears with hair quality from birth that was extremely hard to work with, and seeing her admiring my hair touched my heart so deeply that on an impulse I told her, "don't worry I can cut and style your hair and make it beautiful!" I must admit that at that age I had never cut anyone's hair, not even my own, and her hair to this day was my biggest challenge! But I did it and to see her smiling in the mirror was when I knew this was my destiny.
At age 16 I had many people approaching me saying I was going to be a model. It inspired me and I wound up going to a modeling school in Baltimore, MD, to learn how to walk and present myself. At the age of 18 I started modeling and doing makeup jobs for photographers in Baltimore. I styled a woman who wound up being a make-up artist and agent and I told her I wanted to go to school. Her remark was "You are a natural, you need not attend school for what you already have." However, I was determined to see if there was anything I didn't know. I did attend Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in Pikesville, MD and what I learned was astounding to me. I learned that I was a natural, and I also learned why I was doing what I was doing, and that alone gave me so much confidence that I began, even more diligently, on my path to styling and modeling work as I traveled to Jamaica and the Virgin Islands and California for modeling shoots.
At around 21 years old I was talked into entering a bikini contest. I must admit I was hesitant, though I had been training pretty much my whole life as a gymnast. for about 13 years already, and was 2 years into my weight training. Something compelled me to say yes and to my surprise I won! This inspired me to enter more contests. I entered many contests until one day I was approached by a national contest company called Bikini Open. This meant I had to compete with all the winners from all over the United States and it was being televised. Well, to my surprise again, I won Bikini Open 1! I went to New York for this and was also asked to be featured on Regis and Kathy Lee, The Arsenio Hall show, and Current Affairs among a few.
Then in 1989 I entered The Miss Georgetown Pageant held in Virginia State, and again I won. I was crowed as Miss Georgetown 1989. I do believe one of the reasons I won a lot had to do with my edge in hair and make-up. One of the Judges to this Pageant was a photographer for Playboy Magazine. He sent my photos in without my knowledge and before you know it I received a call from Playboy offering to feature me. I denied this because I've always felt very conservative with myself in full nudity. Then that same Year I moved to Los Angeles. Already linked in to a modeling agent I began castings right away and also began working as a Stylist for People Magazine for about 2 or 3 years, along with other freelance jobs. I have styled many celebrities like Eddie Murphy, Nicole Kidman, Tracy Ullman, Mario Van Peebles, Glen Frey (of the Eagles), Tupac Shakur, Lonnie Anderson, Meg Ryan, Pat Benatar, Mariel Hemingway, just to name a few, along with countless models.
I had many good experiences on-set and one in particular was the movie (Nothing But Trouble) where I appeared as a dancer along with Tupac Shakur. The casting call for the movie with Dan Aykroyd was funny. I was the first girl that he saw and he said "She's the one!" Someone from his team said to him, "Dan she's the first one, there are many outside the door waiting". He said "Send them home! She's the one"! I was flattered along with feeling for all the other girls outside. This began our friendship, which relates to another fun and symbolic story. One night after working on the set, Dan said why don't you come out with me I'm meeting a friend and we could have a fun time. I went and as we approached it was "Paul Mitchell"! I knew of him and his products, as I had used them many times. I was excited as Dan introduced me! Paul and I got to talking and what a connection we had! In fact, at the end of the night, he was super kind and asked for my address so that he could send me a care package of his products. I must admit, I wasn't sure if he really would, but within a week they were at my door. It is with pleasure that I tell this story and I was very honored and inspired by this experience!
After a few years I woke up to my Spiritual Journey and went off the grid to truly find out who I was and my exact purpose. I realized that I knew at an early age that creating ways to help others feel and look great was my destiny! At around 27 I began my studies in Earth Biology, Nutrition and Chemistry at Biochemics.
Because I was pregnant at the time I finished self study for the next 10 years, and have never stopped. I believe study is never finished as my fascination has only grown deeper and more curious, the more we find out about our blessed Earth. After having my first of four children, I started working by renting a space freelancing in a Hair Salon in Beverly Hills doing make-up work. Shortly after that I was doing a makeup job and decided to sculpt her eyebrows as well and it was then and there that I fell In love! Before you knew it I was no longer doing make-up I was so busy with 13-15 clients per day!
I naturally applied the Maya theory and began regrowing and re-sculpting so many clients and celebrity models such as Nicole Kidman, Lionel Richie ("I love Karen's Eyebrow Products! I keep them in my car and in the fridge"), Tracy Ullman, Katherine Kelly Lang and Demi Moore just to name a few.
Everyone kept telling me to write a book to teach. At first I thought "how can I teach others what I do?" But as I began writing, it came through like a flow of Divine Creativity! Before I knew it I was teaching students and one in particular, I let take over my clients in the same Beverly Hills salon and she is now becoming a Master in the Art of Brows herself! That was real confirmation that my Method could be taught. This Method is unlike any method in eyebrows. I honestly feel its the future of Eyebrow Sculpting, a timeless creation of our imaginations.
During the 20 year period in this Beverly Hills Salon sculpting eyebrows, I started to notice that many clients had very dry, coarse brows. I asked them to get some cream to put on them but they usually forgot, and even when they did, I still felt that the hair shafts needed more. At this point, I thought, I might as well create products to help them. This began my journey and love for working with Organic, Biodynamic ingredients! Before I knew it I was selling so many I began working in the lab creating more. During this period I was also growing my hair very long and studying hair growth in myself. One thing I did know was that chemicals were drying out my hair. So I began my own R&D regarding how I could repair my hair to grow it the longest. If you can believe it, I grew it ankle length! I researched and tested individual ingredients until I got to know them and then starting combining these ingredients to create the perfect Long Hair products! I began selling to exclusive clients, as well as showing my line and speaking at the Raw Living Expo regarding Beauty and Hair in 2014. This is when I created my online sales channel and my dream was to sell worldwide so that everyone could grow their hair and learn the Method to long hair. I recently began doing Skype Hair Consults for women and men all around the world! When I met Herb Gray Dogan III I was super excited as we talked about his company helping to market my cosmetics, tools and kits at a even larger scale.
My theory in Perfect Hair Care is 'Intelligence & Alchemy'. Hair has intelligence and is very much alive.
Some say it is not, but I know that everything is energy and that hair 'reacts', and to me that meant that it can be repaired. Therefore I treat hair energetically and as biochemically alive. As an intuitive channel I also dove deeper in-tune with my hair's intelligence, along with others, and began communication. This means not only is hair alive but it is communicating with us and could I dare to say it is telling us exactly what it needs? As I grew my hair ankle length it was a blend of healing my hair from chemical coloring and heat damage and growing my hair naturally as God intended, along with my Spiritual Journey. It was during this experience that I learned the ''Maya of Hair Intelligence".
It was for this reason that I chose the ingredients that I did, because I believe that the key to Hair's Intelligence lies in Nature and Mother Earth and that the biology of Hair can be best imitated in and by Nature.
Nutrition is a large part of having healthy hair. Our hair is the last part of our body to receive the nutrients so applying ingredients to the outside can compensate for a lack of nutrition inside. I always encourage the use of nutrients to benefit the inside along with the outside, so as to ensure that the hair is getting the nutrients it needs. From this perspective nutritionally, I choose my ingredients because like any other organ, hair needs certain vitamins, minerals, and hydration. If you feed the hair what it needs, it will look and feel beautiful naturally. And styling it becomes easy!
The careful way that I choose and blend these ingredients builds the hair structure, targeting each perspective of hair, such as the follicles, oil glands, hair shaft, and epidermal layers. This is the formula for regrowth and repairing hair. Once hair is repaired it will be naturally beautiful and make styling truly easy even with no heat, which means no damage.
The ingredients chosen were not only chosen to repair and grow, they were designed to react to the hair's feel and beauty and let me tell you, the hair says "Yes" to all of them! My moto is: "Hair to Stay".
As I began creating my line, it was with simplicity in mind that I decided to create the kit as well as methods. I believe the keys to great hair are simplicity, daily regimens, the understanding of Hair Intelligence and feeding the hair what it craves!