A Passion is Born
A passion was ignited when 13-year-old Emily received permission from her mom to color her own hair. That moment stuck in her mind, and from there, she began to pay more attention to her own style. Then, while studying at Blue Ridge Community College, Emily began cutting her own hair, and that’s when people really took notice of her natural skills.
She soon left college to study at the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philadelphia, which provides outstanding training while promoting an atmosphere of warmth, beauty and wellness.
She continued her schooling at the Dominion School of Hair Design after settling back into Gloucester, where she was born and grew up. Her most recent training came from Aveda, Joico and Previa.
Emily’s classes, training and experience led her to Split Enz, where she has worked since 2013.
At Split Enz, Emily most values the personal connections she’s forges inside of the salon and the deeply personal experience she has with her clients.
Often times, Emily said finds, people will come into the salon, and when they sit in a chair and look at themselves in the full-length mirror and say, “oh my gosh, I don’t want to look at myself.” By the time they leave, having had the “Total Look” experience, they walk out inspired.
Though she finds beauty in all people, the ultimate joy of her job is to turn people around to the full-length mirror and show them what their hair can do—to show people how to find beauty in themselves.
When and where were you the happiest?
Honestly, probably now at this point in my life. I love my home, I love my job, and I’m just living life my way and loving it. I worked really hard to get where I am.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“I’m sorry.” Really, I do. It was my New Year’s resolution last year to stop saying “I’m sorry.” It’s a habit.
If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, who do you think that would be?
I would hope a bird, I think—any kind of bird.
What is your most obvious characteristic?
What is your most treasured possession?
My cat, Lucy. She’s a gray tuxedo cat. She’s a little overweight and spoiled.