I’ve been writing about the stylists at The Hair Parlour for awhile, and now I get to introduce myself! I’m Stella, and I manage the salon alongside our owner, Jamie. You’ve probably chatted with me through text or while I’m getting you a La Croix before your appointment. I joined the HP team in early September and have loved every minute of my time here! Since I’m often behind the scenes, now is your chance to get to know more about me.

Favorite Hair Product: Although my bathroom shelves are full of Hair Parlour goodies, my current favorite is the O&M Style Guru. It is the ultimate style cream and smells like love! I put it on most days, whether its after curling my hair, taking a braid out, or just to make my bedhead a bit more sophisticated.

Favorite Local Shop: Etiquette, the thoughtful beauty spot on the second floor of The Bauer, is the place to be. I’ve received a massage and plan to get a facial and lashes done soon. I also bought a Gua Sha stone from Etiquette last week based on their recommendation and am already in love. Not only are their services and products amazing, but they also have the sweetest people who work there and their focus is on clean beauty.

Favorite Way to Practice Self Care: Self care is a major priority of mine, and that shows itself in a few different ways. One is comedy! When I’m feeling down, I love throwing on a face mask and sitting down to watch old clips of SNL. I also watch The Office every day, which always puts me in a good mood. On a more serious note, I think that taking care of my mental health takes a lot of work. I practice deep breathing, write about my emotions, and see a counselor. Here’s to fighting the stigma and actually talking about our feelings!

Favorite Hair Trend: Shags are in, folks! And I am in love. I recently started rocking the style thanks to our owner, Jamie, and I love how much attitude the style has without even working with it. I can throw in some product and be good for a day (or three!) I also love the versatility of the shag–it looks great on all lengths of hair!

Favorite Show: As I mentioned before, I’m a major comedy fan. Sometime I love dry humor, and sometimes I love all of the silliness. My love for silly comedy definitely shows in how much I adore the new Netflix series I Think You Should Leave. It is incredibly weird, and therefore incredibly funny. It will have you laughing out loud in no time, either for its jokes or cringe-worthiness.

Favorite Thing about The Hair Parlour: I love how warm and welcoming the space is. No matter how stressed I am, I always look forward to coming to work, and that is so special! I feel so lucky to work with such a strong, talented, kind, funny group of gals that make me feel empowered each day.

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