I grew up creative. From a young age my parents had me playing music, taking drama, painting, and being the family photographer. Naturally as I grew older, I wanted to find a career where I could constantly be expressing those tendencies. From beauty school in Saskatoon, I moved to Vancouver to apprentice and work under a team of unbeatable stylists. I trained in Bumble & Bumble, cutting alongside L’Oreal Professional colour training. Then Toronto called, where I’ve been living and working ever since. Aside from hair styling, I keep my hands busy with analog photography, painting, and playing in bands. If I'm working, you'll probably meet my dog Ghost.
Working as a hairstylist is something I have thought about since I was a kid, butchering my barbie dolls’ hair. I was a quirky, fun, outgoing little one, always making crafts and learning to knit and sew. I didn’t go straight into hair school, but after 5 years of working every job under the sun, I couldn’t take working 9-5 in an office a minute longer and began to do some serious soul searching. While sitting in my hairstylists chair, going on about how I was so unhappy with my job, he put a little idea in my head: “What about hair?” From that moment, my passion for hair was ignited. I went to study at the Aveda Institute for hair, graduated, and for the years that followed I worked for some of Toronto’s leading salons. My most fulfilling job yet? Lebel & Crowe.
I always knew what I wanted out of a job, but didn’t know what the job would be. A career where I could exercise creativity in some form, work closely with different types of people, and do something different every day. These ideas, and my passion for design and fashion, lead me to attend a Fashion Arts program. However I quickly realized hairstyling would be a better fit! From there, I attended the Aveda Institute and Academy, and proceeded to work at one of Aveda Canada’s leading salons. After about 5 years, it was time for a change. I needed something different, something more personal. That desire brought me to Lebel & Crowe, and it’s a perfect fit.
I was the imaginative one amongst my peers — always seeing things just a little differently. I pursued art through all my schooling, finishing university with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with Honours, and a minor in Psychology. I moved from Windsor (or as I like to call it: South Detroit) to Toronto, and after a few years working full time at a photography company and displaying art in shows, Hairstyling drew my attention. I inquired about apprenticing at a flourishing salon, and after a few months folding towels and washing hair, I was in love. Enrolling in hair school was such a fulfilling decision, almost as much as joining Lebel & Crowe! I do both cuts & colour, with a serious love for curly/wavy hair and personalized balayage.
Hi! I'm a classically trained barber that cares about community most of all. I'm specifically trained to do fades and clipper work, having been at Crow's Nest Barbershop for 5 years. I want everyone to feel welcome in any space I inhabit, I take great pride in creating that space. I've worked in record stores for 8 years of my young life and I am wonderfully nerdy and stereotypically opinionated by that. But everyone's opinion matters! If you'd like a clipper-centric haircut I'd love to see you.
This sweet gem has left our hairstyling family for now! When she gets herself established in her new town at her new place, we may update with her new contact information.
Thank you for sharing our space with us Dani! <3