Growing up with an obsession for hair, fashion, and all things beauty, I enrolled in cosmetology school as soon as I graduated high school. When I earned enough hours I started working as a hairstylist at a mall salon in New Jersey.
From the first day, I loved being in the salon cutting and coloring hair. One day while waiting for a client to arrive, I was flipping through the pages of American Salon Magazine (Remember the days before scrolling down and swiping left?).
An ad read: "Join Trevor Sorbie’s Art Team and become a platform artist and educator". All I had to do was send an audition tape to earn a coveted spot on his team. I thought to myself "I got this!!"
While making the demo tape I later realized I forgot to turn on "record" for the voice, so I then had to re-do the tape with a voice-over. I soon found out the company had lost my video and I had to make yet another video.
After waiting, what seemed like forever, I received a letter informing me I was accepted to go to LA to train with Trevor and his talented art team. It was a dream come true.
Always loving the glossy pages of fashion and hair magazines, looking for the latest hair trends. I dreamt about styling models' hair for magazines and fashion shows and knew the next journey was to NYC. Taking my state boards over, only this time in NY, I earned a cosmetology license and found a salon to call home, David Ryan Salon is a trendy boutique salon in NYC Hell's Kitchen and it was a perfect fit.
After working and observing Trevor Sorbie in London, I approached my boss in NYC and he made me the Editorial Director and organized a team of photographers, makeup artists and fashion stylists. We all collaborated on the shoot concept and I designed hair looks. This gave all of us the opportunity to grow our fashion portfolio and in return got DRS published in fashion a trade magazines.
This is when I entered NAHA (North American Hairstyling Awards) Classic and not only got nominated, but won the coveted award.
Before long I had an agent in London and in NYC working as an editorial stylist with models and celebrities traveling the world. I also assisted Eugene Souleiman who is one of the top session stylists in the world numerous time traveling to London, Milan, and Paris. I worked the fashion shows, shoots for Italian Vogue and Victoria Secret's shows to name a few.
As an editorial hairstylist, traveling the world for high-end editorials and photo shoots with models and celebrities, winning a North American Hairstyling Award, and being featured in fashion and trade publications while doing in-salon education helping stylists build their brand has been a dream come true and hope you will enjoy reading my hair stories and find them inspiring.
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NAHA WINNER - CLASSIC
NAHA Contemporary Classic 1
NAHA Contemporary Classic 1
The North American Hairstyling Awards is the most prestigious professional beauty competition in North America and honors the salon industry's top artists who push the boundaries of skill and creativity.
Terese entered NAHA, for the first time and won in the Classic Category, demonstrating her outstanding flair and technical skills as a hairstylist.