How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
I’ve been working in hairstyling for a long time. It’s a choice I’ve never regretted. It suits my very social and creative side. It’s my world!
How long have you been entering the Contessas?
This was my fifth time entering the Contessas. I took a pause last year, but I was very much looking forward to entering again.
What was the inspiration for your collection?
Since we’ve been forced to stop working several times in the last couple of years, I wanted to enter a collection that was cleaner, softer and pale, which explains my choice of colours and the clear accessories I used.
When I take my sketch pad and my pencils, I immediately write down everything that comes to mind. I get inspired by everything—a shape, an object or an image.
Why did you choose to enter the Avant Garde category? What do you most like about this category?
I chose Avant Garde as a category because I can let my creative side run free.
This is your second Contessa win. How does it feel?
I’m so happy! Even though it was a virtual gala, the team got together for the event because several members of the team were finalists in Canadian Salon Team, Canadian Hairstylist, Texture Hairstylist and Emerging Hairstylist categories.
Tell us about your team at the salon. Many of your colleagues also compete and were finalists. How do you work together on planning your photo shoots?
We all work together for the photoshoot with [our photographer] Alain Comtois. It’s a day we all look forward to. We’re very organized; we’ve been entering for many years. Some stylists from our salon who did not even enter the competition came to help us. We really are one big family.
What advice do you have for other people in the industry when competing in hair competitions like the Contessa Awards?
I would encourage any stylist who needs a challenge to enter the competition, because it brings a personal satisfaction, and it makes your clients curious. Whether you win or not, it’s a great personal challenge.
I’ve been a stylist for 32 years. I was an assistant for Marie Josée Dupuis for a few years and I learned a lot. In the last six years I’ve been creating my own collections.
What’s next for you? Anything you’re working on or goals you have that you could share?
I am ready to take on several challenges and to enter the Contessas in the years to come.