If you’ve been working, constantly, for your whole career, what is it like when you’re forced to come to a grinding halt? Sonya Dove (@sonyadove), a leading light in the professional beauty world, says what she has learned from the COVID-19 imposed work interruptions has been illuminating.
“I’ve taken a good look at myself and how I can better myself as a human being,” says Dove, a Wella Global Ambassador and member of the Ulta Beauty Pro Team. “I’m not going back to work like the Sonya Dove of before. I was a work-a-holic and I could never find a work/life balance. Well, I found it now.”
For years, Dove has been seen on stages around the world, educating on hairdressing technique, while also running a salon, creating collections, mentoring, winning awards and serving as brand ambassador for pro beauty brands. When it was clear that coronavirus was going to clear her appointment book of both clients and commitments, Dove took one of the last flights out of Los Angeles to Mexico, to a second home in San Miguel Allende. And she’s been there, ever since.
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“I need to integrate this new way of being into my old way and do it better,” she continues. “I do want to have time off. I’ve spent hours on the phone, staying connected to my friends and family during this time, and I want to keep it up, that connection, I don’t want it to stop.”
A people-person, Dove says being in isolation has also reminded her what she so values in her career as a stylist. “I want to be there for other people, to have compassion; I love people and that is why I got into hairdressing.”
Watch Dove and friends as she joins Sam Villa to rally support for the Professional Beauty Association’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, during the Socialathon, on Sunday, May 15.
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We have interviewed her to hear about her favorite things, we’ve announced her work with Ulta Beauty, we’ve spoken to her as she judged Wella TrendVision and we’ve covered her as she inspires the industry.
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