Meet the remarkable Alyssa, a hair stylist with a heart of gold and a profound love for the arts. Alyssa's attention to detail is unparalleled, and her passion for her craft is evident in the wealth of information she brings to the table. With a keen eye for fashion, she not only follows trends but sets them herself. Alyssa is known for her expertise in edgy colors and cuts, mastering the art of barbering, and creating stunning lived-in colors. Alyssa excels at everything she puts her hands to.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN HAIR?
I have my master's degree in Architecture. I did that for a while, and when COVID hit, I got laid off. I realized I wasn't really happy in my career choice. I had been doing hair since I was about 15, so I decided to put myself through barber school and found a shop to apprentice for. After that, I never really looked back. So, I just kind of restarted my career at 28.
HOW DO YOU WANT CLIENTS TO FEEL AFTER A HAIR APPOINTMENT?
I just want them to feel more like themselves, more comfortable in their own skin. I always want them to feel a little more empowered about who they are or more confident in trying something new.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR STYLE INSPIRATIONS FROM?
Well, I have a master's degree in the field of art, so I am naturally more creative. I have certain styles, like in fashion and things like that. I really love urban streetwear, vivid colors, and cool color palettes and placements. However, I also appreciate practicality and the everyday hair look. I really like lived-in looks and natural texture.
I find inspiration from anything, whether it's color, an activity, day-to-day life, or considering someone's role as a mother and what would be more practical for her every day. So, that's where I draw it from – it's based off person-to-person and curated from there.
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR FREE TIME?
With my dog, Bailey. I am basically like that 50-year-old cat lady, but just with me and my dog. I love to go to the mountains, I love to travel. I am from the States, so I am back and forth quite a bit there. I love trying out new food and restaurants; I am a big foodie. [Do you have any favorite restaurants?] Baijo downtown is my 10/10 favorite; every time it just hits the mark for me. But anytime something new and interesting pops up, I am down to try it.
WHAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE CUT OR STYLE?
I love a good, sassy, textural bob, or any short style or fun pixie moment. Alternatively, I enjoy the long tailored barber cut or men's cut. I really appreciate that style; I think it's super lived-in, practical, natural-looking, sassy, fun, and flirty.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT FRANKIE?
I just love the family orientation. I appreciate that everyone comes from so many different branches of life, yet somehow we mix very well together. I think Tess and Niela have done a really good job of curating a strong team environment. It's genuinely nice to feel supported in expressing your individualism, both in the way that you do hair, and who you are as a person.