My journey through the world of beauty has had many stops,  and taken me several places around the globe -gathering experience, education and appreciation for cultural differences.


"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but lives within each of us".


I started my career at Lytle's Redwood Empire Beauty college in 1983, where I was fortunate to study wtih Ed and Kathy Lytle. During my education I was allowed to learn, explore, question and grow as much as I could.  I then went on to get my cosmetology instructor's license and taught at the beauty college for many years.


From there I became an educator & platform artist for KMS.  I traveled the states teaching my peers hair color and styling techniques. During this time I went into partnership in a small salon in Corte Madera where I stayed for 5 years.  In 1988 myself and 2 partners started Sausalito Signatures, a  hair salon on Bridgeway. Soon after, I was sole owner where for the next 26 years I created a community that was multicultural and  focused on education, health, beauty and fun.


Entertaining provided a way of promotion and uniting people.  Signatures became known within the community as a place where hair, fashion shows,  great live music and  local artists met.  Teaching provided opportunities for me to experience different learning styles and methods of communicating, which has enhanced my relationships with clients.


London. -Introduced me to a broader approach to hair color and precision haircutting

Bali -Culture rich tradition and honoring Mother Earth set in motion  understanding the need for grounding the spirit

Amsterdam -Revealed acceptance of cultural diversity

Puerto Rico -Taught me about the gift's of the Rain Forest

Mexico -Culture and how to improvise and be flexible

Hawaii -Hi-lighted Natures' gifts to us -Aromatherpy


Now at Studio Joi I have combined a brilliant mix of beauty, healthful ideas, local artists, music, education and culture.









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