Nancy has been in the salon industry for 28 years, working both behind the chair as a stylist and for the last 7 years as the owner of Tease Salon.
Get to know a little more about her below…
What inspired you to become a hair stylist?
I’ve always been a very creative type of person and loved designing things. I studied Graphic Design & Communications while I was in high school, but after I graduated, I went in a completely different direction. After working as a bartender and also in retail after high school, I decided I wanted to go back to school to become licensed in Cosmetology. My mom was a hair stylist back in the day and I always felt like following in her footsteps was something that I really wanted to do.
Who has been your biggest influence?
My Father. (RIP Dad) We were always like two peas in a pod…We both have very similar personalities and he was always such a hard worker. He taught me to be strong and independent, say it like it is, and he always supported me in everything I did. I wouldn’t realize until much later on in life just how very important he was in shaping the person I am today!
What are YOU known for or want to be known for?
I feel like I’m known to my team as the person who always has their back no matter what, and that I always want the very best for them! I want my team to always know how much I appreciate them. Without the amazing group of women I work with, and all of the wonderful clients who have trusted us over the years with their hair care needs, I would not be where I am today. 🙂
What is your biggest challenge in the industry today?
My biggest challenge is trying to make new stylists fresh out of Cosmetology school understand that they have to actually put in the hard work & earn their way to a spot behind the chair. They sometimes seem to think that as soon as they get a license in their hand that they are going to have a full book and make all this money right out of the gate. It simply doesn’t work that way in the real world. I wish Cosmetology schools would give their students realistic expectations upon graduation. Yes, stylists can make EXCELLENT money, but they must first put in the hard work, continuously educate themselves, and allow themselves time to gain the experience they need to get to where they want to be in their career.
Favorite hair trend and why?
Fun fashion colors! I love the fact that people of all ages feel comfortable enough to try something different and fun with their hair. There are so many really cool colors available now and if you have the confidence to rock an amazing shade of pink, blue, purple or red….I say go for it!
Favorite hair decade and why?
I actually have two favs…the 70’s, because growing up back then, I simply LOVE EVERYTHING about that decade and I wish I could travel back in time to the 1970’s and stay a while…or at least until all the craziness happening today is over. And of course my high school days, the big hair of the 80’s! It was big, it was bad, but it was fun. 🙂
Why Tease Salon?
I have my husband Ron to thank for encouraging me to open my own salon. After years of working behind the chair at many different salons throughout my career as a stylist, I became so disillusioned working for other salon owners. I never felt appreciated for what I brought to the table. So like they say, if you want something done right…you gotta do it yourself. I like to think that we did a pretty good job at putting together a nice salon, a great team, a fun place to work & be creative and enjoy doing what we all love to do.
In my spare time I like to:
Read true crime books, research and immerse myself in current events, and spend time with my hubby and our 2 cats…Shally & Stubby.
One thing most people don’t know about me is:
I love obscure horror movies.
You can find Nancy in the salon: