I don’t understand what it means to be a mother.

I am a single, childless, adult woman, who has never experienced the joy and devotion of motherhood.

I do however, have the privilege of working with mothers every single day. Ninety-five percent of the women I see in the salon, as clients, are mothers; and I get to hear about their struggle, their triumph, and their committed and unwavering love for their dearest babies.

With that sense in mind, and that knowing, my work at it’s deepest level is to support these women in their roles by fostering a space for them to be completely themselves; to take off the wife hat, the employee hat, the boss hat, the mom hat, and the nurturers hat, to just be… nurtured. I know that sounds redundant, but ultimately our innate feminine ability is to nurture. It is my intention to create a space in which these roles are not needed, so that the client can be cared for at a soulful level. This is where I put much time, attention, and value into the work that I do. It is for this reason, as well as many other, more obvious reasons, that I do not allow children to be guests at their mother’s appointments.

This business boundary is one that has not always been well received, I understand how hard it is to arrange life around personal, and seemingly frivolous appointments, I can only imagine how hard it is to arrange the little lives you heroic mothers are responsible for. Contrary to how it may seem, this policy is in place to allow for the most beneficial experience to unfold.

As a stylist my mantra has always been,

The difference between a happy, and an unhappy client, is communication.

I prefer to thoroughly discuss the goal for the appointment at the start of each and every one, as to make sure we are on the same page before diving into chemical and cutting services. I choose to be very present during sessions, not answering my phone, consulting with other clients, or multi tasking in any other ways which would distract me from the job at hand. I take this work very seriously, and have such passion for it. Any personal or business boundaries, policies, and needs are set with thoughtful intention, and are always in place to insure the best possible relationship, and communication, between a woman and her stylist.

I am so grateful for the support I receive in this beautiful, artistic journey, it is because of you gracious women that I show up in this capacity.

Much love and light to the wonderful women in my life,





What is Your Life’s Work?

You know… I really never applied a deeper purpose to my career as a hairstylist. I always thought that my artistic ability and competence in communicating with clients were the things that pushed me towards success.

After all, what kind of affect can a hairstylist really have on the world?

I built my business on the intention that everyone should be able to afford to have good hair! It wasn’t until I was 9 years in, and busier than ever did I begin to question that; was it enough? It seemed I was working every waking hour, I was burnt out and wondering what my life purpose really was. Sure I had so many beautiful and gracious people around me most every day, but was I really making a difference in their lives? Was I making my life count? Was I building my legacy?

This question has been a great source of my anxiety for quite some time now. After countless hours of inertia, self study, and examination, I came to the conclusion that I had been asking the wrong question all along….

I was asking, “Is my life meaningful?”.

I should have been asking, “How can I make my life meaningful?”.

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Show & Tell

Show and Tell demonstrations are now available to licensed cosmetologist.


Practice the art of transformation.

With each of these show and tell demos, you will learn tricks of the trade to be a proficient artist in the field of hair transformation.

Blonding for the most natural looking blonde and trim shaping with a blowdry style- 3 hours- $180- Class fee can be divided between as many stylists as location can permit.

Bold Color and trim shaping with a blowdry style- 4 hours – approx $240- Class fee can be divided between as many stylists as location can permit.

Crop Cutting with a razor and styling- 2 hours- $120- Class fee can be divided between as many stylists as location can permit.

The art of the blow dry style- 1 hour- $60- Class fee can be divided between as many stylists as location can permit.

Contact me for more information or to set up a demo, I would love to hear from you!



Independent Educator

I am an owner of The Eclectic Chair studio salon and spa in Idaho Falls, ID. We are a co-operative business that offers nearly every service in the beauty industry, ranging from dreadlock work to mechanical face-lifting. My job within our team is to service the hair needs of the majority of our female clientele. I offer color and cutting services and am trained in various methods of hair extensions as well as dreadlocking and dreadlock extensions both synthetic and permanent.

As a stylist with an inbox full of questions from other salon professionals inquiring about the work I post to my social media and website, I would like to help other forthright stylists by sharing my knowledge and tricks of the trade, hoping to build a reputation as an independent educator in the field of hair and all things related.

As the daughter of a salon professional, I was exposed to the world of hair as a child. The ambitions I still have as a stylist began budding as a youngster and haven’t strayed. Sure the salon biz can have it’s difficulties and I would be lying if I said I never felt like giving up… But October 2017 marked 11 years for me as a stylist and my career is more than I ever dreamed it could be. I have a loyal clientele and a very supportive group of family and friends who have helped me accomplish every goal I have ever put into place for my business. As a 29 year old entrepreneur, I would have never guessed the success I worked tirelessly for would come at such a young age. What I crave now is growth, I believe the growth I am looking for is in education. I want to spread the ambition that was instilled in me, by extending knowledge to those who are looking for their place in the hair world.

You will find samples of my portfolio under the appropriate tabs on the website.

The demonstration and education I offer is various, and compensation would depend upon interest and the detail of what you would have me teach. Retail, subcontracting, client relations, as well as media marketing are also a strong suit for me and are an important part of growth to any business. If you are interested in demonstrations or education of any kind, please contact me in the form best suited to you.

May the force be with you,



Taking the Plunge to Permanent Dreadlocks



I am ready to coach you through the process.

First of all, are all of your “people” ok with this… BOSS, mother, husband, father, wife, children, etc… Dreadlocks can conflict majorly with dresscode in some businesses and schools and may affect your job.

Length- the longer the better! Plan to lose 1/3 of your current, natural length as your dreads mature. There are many ways to get your dreadlocks going even if length may become an issue.

Color- Dreadlocks CAN be colored, however an extreme color change can be very difficult to achieve without damaging your locks. I typically suggest a lower maintenance color because your dreads are going to be a lot of work on their own.

Time- How much time do you put into your hair daily? Dreadlocks require a lot of time and love during their first year. All of the time you get to save on blow drying and curling is now spent separating congos and palm rolling.

Washing- Yes WE WASH. I recommend to my clients 4-7 days for shampooing and I only get my dreads wet when I shampoo. Dreads can dry very slowly, even with a blowdryer. My dreads can remain damp for most of the day even, so about a week is great for me. Washing more or less than every 4-7 days can be ok as long as your hair thickness and dreads permit it. You will get the routine once you get going and will be able to determine what your dreads like best.

Feeling Crazy?- Yes us dread heads are a bit obsessed with our dreads. They become part of you, like a device for measuring time based on the Instagram photos and your locks maturation process. It’s like when a parent uses their child’s age to share the approximate time of a memory. Like children, you have your favorites, the dreads that behave and cause little grief, and then there are the naughty ones that don’t play nice with the others. They are an organism all their own, congoing together an hour after you separate your entire scalp. Because of this your hands are always in them, making you look like a monkey, or a crazy person. Eventually they mature and mellow out and become very little work.

Like training a puppy, if you give them the attention they need in the beginning they will become an easy companion for a lifetime.

Commitment- Oh yes, I did say lifetime… Dreads are not for the faint hearted. Once you jump on this dread wagon, you are on it. Permanent Dreadlocks are a permanent decision, I tell every client that they must be cut out. There are people that have combed them out, but this way should not be relied upon as your hair will not be the same once you try and reverse a hair locking process. If you are unsure as to whether you are ready to commit to dreadlocks, I suggest trying one of my synthetic methods.

The Steady Dready method gives you basically a mock run of natural dreads…. It’s the easy and reversible way to see if you are up for permanent dreads. Once they are installed, in most cases, you can go about 4-12 weeks without maintenance. At each maintenance appointment, you can choose to continue maintaining your dreads as a synthetic extension, or begin to convert the bonds to a permanently extended Dreadlock. I believe this method gives you the ability to easily trial dreadlocks and transition into permanent dreads, if you choose too.

Still convinced you want them?- If you are still convinced you want them, you do not need extensions, a color change, and your length is good to go, here is how we get started…

I do not believe in using waxes, pomades, locking sprays, peppers, etc etc etc…. Blah blah blah.

I do productLESS dreading.

I use two products in my dreadlocks,

Shampoo (LOMA Organics)

Leave-in Conditioner (LOMA Organics) when they are dry and frizzy.

You will at least need to plan on purchasing shampoo for your dreads, if you are dreading with me, I recommend and stock LOMA Organics.

I like to dread organically. Letting your hair choose what dreading and maintenance method it likes best and allowing your hair to dread on its own… Because yes, it will dread if you let it.

Appointments for dread locking are determined and scheduled according to the needs of your dreads. Some clients have an easier time working on their own dreads and can manage quite well with little time in the salon, while others NEED to come in regularly to get their dreads going in a direction we want them to.

During our first appointment together, we will consult to make sure we are on the same page about the dreads you are trying to achieve. I will separate most and sometimes all of your hair into sections and encourage these sections of hair to become friends, by lightly dreading your hair with the method it responds to best. I will give you homework and we will rebook another appointment for maintenance.

Each appointment duration and maintenance frequency depends upon the client and the hair locking ability. Typically 2 hours every 6-8 weeks has been beneficial for clients that need more help with their dreadlocks.

If you’re ready to get started, give me a call or use our email contact form!

Hope this helps!

– Tia


Become A Hair Goddess


Don’t just BE a hairstylist. Be a hairgoddess.

Hone your craft and create incredible living art with color and shapes. It is our job to show the women that sit in our chair that they are goddesses by projecting their inner beauty through the work we do. Help show them that there is an incredible women radiating within them, one who is dying to be expressed and loved. The relationship between a client and stylist is sacred and trusting; we are depended upon.

Be a Goddess of Hair.

Color and cutting show and tell is available now. Contact me for more information.



How I Charge My Clients

We are practitioneers (I spelt that wrong on purpose) of cosmetology.

Being a hairstylist in this day and age requires you to be a trailblazing practitioner. A pioneer of your trade. There are thousands of stylists in this area and, due to social media, we are able to see how much talent and creativity is out in the world right now. Colorists are competing with other colorist all over the world, via Instagram and Pinterest. Social media has revolutionized the beauty industry! I used to hate on it a bit but now I am embracing it. I have jumped aboard the tech train and am now an avid blogger and social media…err.. In fact I am having a lot of fun doing it. Putting my work on Instagram and opinions on my blog has been great; its added the edge to my business that I have needed to feel like I am still progressing and being challenged after 10 years running. This shift in fads, and how quickly they are changing and spreading, used to be stressful! Clients were wanting DRASTIC color changes with each appointment, and the stress didn’t come from the skill or challenge of creating new looks.. It came with the post appointment, time to settle up…

Charging my clients has always been difficult for me, being a booth renter has it’s struggle alongside the many perks, one of those is being your own receptionist and cashier. Here I was spending large chunks of time regularly with my more daring clients, and creating super fun styles. I love this aspect of my job, but I had such a hard time charging what it was worth to spend half of my day doing a triple process color on a loyal client I loved seeing. Sometimes major color changes just involve hefty processing time and at the end of the day, I was making below minimum wage at my own business! At lot of stylists double book their colors to help recover some money from the downtime in their day, I personally don’t do this because A- my clients are paying me for my time and I think it’s rude, and B- you should never leave lightener on a timer!
At first I raised my prices, charging more for a women’s cut to balance out my extra long and twice yearly cuts, and tried breaking down my color appointments by ounce of product and foil vs no foil… After a few months, I realized I was still charging most of my regulars the same because it wasn’t the product that was the problem, and NOW my pixies are paying the same price as the girl that has hair to her waist and her blow dry takes 40 minutes! It wasn’t working and I felt uncomfortable at the end of many of my appointments.
So, I did some thinking…I needed to find a solution to my struggle with price setting.

I came to the conclusion that I had 2 types of appointments, the longer, more unpredictable overhaul appointment or the “just maintaining my look” appointment.

I was seeing clients that were transforming their look with a major color correction, or length change. I was also seeing clients who rarely make changes that are more than subtle and they just want their look to STAY. These maintenance clients are very predictable, they come in so often that you know exactly how much time you need to book so there is no need for leaving blocked time on your schedule.

An hourly rate came to my mind… I went through my client book and mentally tallied how many hours I typically see my most regular clients and how much they pay; I divided that number by the hour and came up with a fixed hourly rate. I went through the majority of my appointments dating back 6 months and found that the only clients that would pay more would be the ones I felt were being undercharged. My hour-fifteen, long, thick, yearly cuts were paying more than my 3 week 20 minute regulars, and that’s the way it should be! My overhaul color clients requesting a triple process color would pay me more than the retouch with balayage. Might be the same amount of product, but we also sell our time and need to be compensated for a days worth of work. My work and application time is consistent and well practiced. I know exactly how long it’s going to take me to apply an all over glaze and I know how much that product costs me. Take away your product cost and business overhead (divided down by the hours you work) and what’s left over is your hourly wage.

Its been nearly two years since this shift in my business practice, and I think it’s working really well. My clients feel they are being fairly charged and they get my undivided attention while I am working with their needs.

I hope this provides a new way of thinking for anyone out there in the same problem I was…
Happy Hairdoing


Discover Your Passion

imageI had an experience the other day that caused question to my live’s work and career. I have always dreamt of leaving a legacy of artistic expression and passion… Providing that in services to clients is how I always knew I would bless the world, but what I secretly dreamed of was passing it along; through education. I was always sure I couldn’t teach at a school because I wanted the persons being educated to receive a valuable and lasting experience.

Throughout the one year’s time it takes to get through cosmetology school, a lot of information is fed to you. You are taking in anatomy, emotional social work, geometry and all the while trying to maintatin Zen relations with your peers. Teaching in that setting seems hectic and controlled.

Something you will learn about me, I DON’T like rules.

Probably because I typically DO follow them… I like learning what I want to learn and doing things in the way that feels most right and authentic to me.

Learn all of the rules so that you can pick your favorites.

As a cosmetologist considering teaching other cosmetologists, I have been through the process… 9 years of it. I remember the school shenanigans, that one lady crying in the other girls chair, the bad cuts, the crazy clients, but most of all I rememeber why I started. For the passion and the art. I still feel excited when I pick up a little trick of the trade or have a new client squeals with excitement when I hand them the mirror.

I remember 🙂

The time I remember needing help the most were the following few years after beauty school. That point you reach when you have graduated, found a job, begun working in a salon, and bam… what now? Those were the points in my career I learned the most. I had the time open on my schedule, as my clientele was still growing, and I still had that craving for knowledge. I knew nothing!!

I have a vivid memory of standing in the dispensary of my first salon job gathering supplies for my appointment; a walk in perm. I stood facing my cupboard, staring at the boxes of perm solution… “OMG What solution do I use?! What color rod?! What order do these go in?!”

Anyone licensed is laughing right now because the irony is, we have all wrapped over 80 perms by this point. I knew what I was doing, but I was not feeling secure in my knowledge or in myself!

The owner of the salon was also in the back and could see that I was sweating, he asked if I needed any help. I blurted the ridiculous things going through my head, and he calmly said; “Ok. How resistant does her hair seem? Is it colored? What do you think you should use?”

I anwered to which he replied, “See? You do know what you’re doing.”

I was validated in his 30 seconds of questions. It felt nice. At that time in my fragile, building stages, I needed that support to feel strong and secure. I needed an experienced professional to tell me that I was doing good, not tell me what to do. He was my sounding board; I had a damn good hairstylist to bounce my creative and quirky ideas off of.

The most common complaint I hear in the beauty industry from graduated cosmetologist… In schools we are not taught to come to our own conclusions, we are taught to memorize and follow suit. Our instructors mixed our color formulas, grabbed our perm solutions, told us what steps to take…

See my issue with rules?

In their defense, it is such a small window of time to cram in all of the knowledge needed to pass boards. So we memorize and memorize… Which pushes us to experiment in the ladder years… At that point in my career, I needed my boss to bounce my experiments off of verbally, before trying them physically.

We chatted about A-lines, texturized cutting, color, lightening, decolorizing, toning, and styling products. He gave me his experienced opinion and I gave him my quirky concocted day dreams. He met me in the middle by validating my thought process but steered them to a more chemically or practically accurate concept.

I admire him.

I always hoped I would lead a salon team with that concept behind building stylists. What I did not fully know about myself is that I set very high expectations for others; because I set high expectations for myself.

Owning a salon and trying to teach motivation was not something I had in me. OBVIOUSLY… Cause it didn’t work like I had hoped. You can’t teach someone to be passionate, but you can teach them how to turn their passions into a concept and manifest it.

That is what I want to do.

I dream of leaving a legacy of passion to the other individuals in this industry just trying to make it. I hope to share my thoughts, experiments and creativity with others as we walk this treturous path to self discovery and fabulous hair. Cheers to all of you 😉