Owner, Harroin Salon and Haute Hollywood Locks
Sebastian Professional Stylist Design Team Member
Licensed: 2000, Golden West Community College Beauty School, Huntington Beach, CA
First job: I started an updo and makeup business at age 15 with my best friend Noel. We sublet a space out of a dress shop in downtown Huntington Beach. We specialized in high school dance hair and make-up. We were booked months in advance.
Clients per week: 35. I take clients 3 days a week, then do photo shoots and office work 3 days as well as traveling for Sebastian and other clients.
Price point: Cut: $120, highlights: $180; updo: $105, hair extensions: $1,700
Why did you choose beauty? I have loved doing hair as long as I can remember. When I was as a kid, if you sat next to me long enough, you would end up with a braid or updo of some sort (dad included). I was so happy to learn that there was a career in it! I love the fact that I get to dress up every day, work and chat with my friends, see my family at work from time to time. And everyone leaves feeling better, thanks me, pays and tips!! Oh and I can listen to whatever music I want, have tattoos and dress outrageous if I wish. I also love that my day is never the same. There has never been a day I haven't wanted to go to work. I feel so blessed to exercise my passion each and every day. And make people feel pretty at the same time
Milestones: Opening my salon at age 24, taking second place and Fan Favorite for Shear Genius, and receiving a plaque at Golden West Beauty School/Community College for Outstanding Achievement.
Big break: The Pussy Cat Dolls. That is what brought me to LA when I was 20 years old. They were an underground burlesque troop when I started with them. I would drive up 2-3 nights a week to style 15-20 girls till the wee hours of the night, then drive back to the OC and work a full salon day. It was a labor of love that ended up paying off big-time for me.
Career advice you’ve received: From my mentor Donna Federici: "It’s not the one thing you do. It’s the 100 things you do at once and all the time."
Career advice you’ve given: Being part of a team is much more rewarding than individual success. When you surround yourself with friends and mentors it is easier to go further, faster and it’s a whole lot more fun.
Your mentors: Donna Federici, my grandmas, Jason Lara, my parents and my best friends.
You mentor: My staff, my siblings and I’m a mentor for the Los Angeles Youth Network