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I'm Heather Vanhuss.

I'm an Arizona  desert girl posted up in Hermosa Beach, California doing hair, eating a lot of cookie dough and listening to true crime podcasts pretty much 24/7.

 

I'm a huge fan of constant growth through education and communication. You can frequently find me taking some sort of class to refine my skills, working on a new technique or just straight up laughing and having a good time with my team in the salon.

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   For some reason

all of my friends in high school allowed  me to cut their hair. Brave, brave souls. I remember using little kid scissors with rubber handles and razors, like the kind you shave your legs with, to get the job done. Oi vey. 

 

I wanted a cool, edgy haircut from a salon called Toni & Guy, but those were expensive and I was making $5.15/hr working at Subway in the mall so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

After graduating high school in 2008, I moved the 100 miles from Tucson to Phoenix and enrolled in hair school at the Toni & Guy Academy.

9 years

+ counting!

Actual sweat and a lot of tears

  from the beginning

of my hair career, the rhyme and reason behind what I was doing was important to me. I could have gone to any hair school, but it was important to me that I went to the one with best reputation for education, even if it was 100 miles away.

I finished the 1600 hours of schooling + working 30 hours a week at my retail job, in 11 months. I had no air conditioning in my car while living in the Arizona desert, but I lived with my  best friend and we were determined to finish our respective schooling and hit the road for California as soon as possible.

Golden Coast Girls

           I scored

my dream job of working at the same Toni & Guy Salon I once only wished I could get my hair done at. I moved through their assistant program 3x quicker than the average stylist and was on the floor in no time. But my itch for California was still very prevalent.

In 2011, I left my dream job with $1600 and another best friend and headed for the beach.

I spent 4 years at a busy salon in Hermosa Beach building my clientele and the last 3 as an independent stylist alongside 3 other badass independent hairdressers and 1 barber. We have an incredible team that I'm super proud of.

     Flash forward

and I have a sweet husband and three super funny and weird step-kids. You'll likely find me either on the couch with some tea reading a true crime novel, out dancing with my friends for as long as my knees will allow me to or working on my business from home.

I love going to the beach and pretending like I can surf, taking yoga classes, and baking treats for everyone (after I've eaten a good amount of the dough). I've become a little bit of a California cliche´.

My goal in life is to bring joy and share my knowledge, while learning and growing from everyone around me. If I can make your hair look good while doing all of that then I'll consider that a win for all of us. *high five*

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