You might know you were born to work in a salon if your Barbies suffered from a very early age. Ask Marushca and she’ll tell you straight. Her Barbies suffered, their hair getting cut, colored and painted!
Marushca was born and raised in South Africa where she went to art school, taking after her mother and brother, who are both artists. Then, after turning 18, she spontaneously decided to “hop the pond” and make the move to Richmond with her oldest brother.
Once in the U.S., she began her training as an assistant and apprentice at a prestigious salon. She soon moved to Gloucester, where she fell under Sam’s wing—a relationship full of respect and admiration for the other.
Working in the Split Enz Salon offers Marushca the ability to do something different everyday, an aspect of the job that she loves. Plus, there is creativity involved as a hair designer and makeup artist, something high on her priority list when planning her career.
Skilled in makeup (traditional and airbrush), Marushca works with many brides and bridesmaids.
In fact, Split Enz is one of the only salons in Gloucester that offers airbrush, as it provides a very light, completely polished look and produces nearly flawless pictures. The perks? It’s smudge-free, and withstands the humidly and cold. Marushca calls it a “magazine look.”
Her background in art helps her to look at people as a canvas, in both hair and makeup. She listens to clients, then shapes and sculpts their look into something amazing—something amazing and empowering.
And who doesn’t want to empower a woman? Marushca believes that to empower women, you must make them feel especially beautiful, independent and strong, her ultimate goal.
What do you consider your greatest achievement to be?
By far my darling daughter Sadie Grace. She has change my life for the better. She is what makes me push myself. I love her to the moon and back.
What do you value most in your friends?
Loyalty and respect.
Which living person do you most admire?
My mom. She raised me and my brothers to be strong minded and to never give up on anything. To have goals and work for what we wanted in life. She raised me to believe in myself even when in doubt. She is an incredible woman and role model. If I can be or become a fraction of what she is, I’ll be so very blessed.
What is your favorite journey?
I want to say leaving South Africa and coming to America at 18, fresh out of high school. But I truly feel like my journey is just beginning. I live in a beautiful town with my family and the best part is not only being part of an amazing community, but that I work in an environment that I love. For the first time I work in a healthy, gossip free environment with girls I adore! Split Enz is a huge part of my journey and I’m so thankful and I’m truly blessed that I get to do what I love while providing for my daughter. How blessed am I? So yah, I’m excited for the future and the journey that I’m on and still to come.
What is your motto? Or what are words you live by?
It’s silly, but I always say; ‘Come what may’. I figured what’s going to happen is going to happen. Just have faith and if things get to much for me, I give my troubles over to God, knowing and believing He will take care of me.. and He always have.