We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Twigg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Going to the hairstylist has often been considered a luxury, and with the many expensive treatments and new color trends it can be. However, when it comes to your basic care such as grey coverage, and haircuts, I have found that people rather have a stylist do it for them rather than doing it them selves. Women and men are not retiring as early as their parents may have. The pressure to look your best and look youthful ( for women mostly) is a real thing. As hairstylists we provide our clients a service that not only helps them look great but provides them the confidence they need in the work place.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my career at Toni&Guy academy located in Los Angeles California. Choosing Toni&Guy as my school was the best choice for my career. I learned from so many amazing hairstylists and was able to meet so many successful stylists in the industry. I learned hands on how to do all of the basics and most trendy color and styles. There I fell in love with color! I love performing highlight and balayage services. I was also introduced to hair extensions and decided I would specialize in color and extensions. I love being able to give a client a total transformation and make them feel the best version of themselves I had to juggle a lot during my schooling. I had to work to pay for my child’s daycare, in order to go to school. That meant 7-6 days of work and school! I did that for a year and a half. It was hard but I didn’t regret it and I would not quit! I had a vision for my future and knew that I was working and investing in my future.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When visiting LA it’s easy to get stuck in the touristy hot spots, which really don’t show the best of LA. Before the pandemic I loved hanging out on Melrose. There are so many amazing restaurants. Shops and art in the area. Blue jam cafe is one of my favorite breakfast spots in the area, I would go there and then head to the observatory or the Getty.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband has been a huge driving force in my life. I had always wanted to be a hairstylist. As a child I loves playing in hair and styling my friends hair. I had a real passion for it even at the age of 5. Unfortunately, I was not working in that industry and just felt that it just wasn’t meant to be. After years of unfulfilling work I decided I wanted to go for it. I knew that I would have to find a school and complete 1600 hours in order to complete cosmetology school. At the time my son was 3 years old and I was a stay at home mom. When I told my husband about how I wanted to go through this journey he 100% supported it. He could have easily said now is not a good time and discouraged me. My son was not in preschool, and we didn’t have the income to provide that for him at the time, but together we came up with a plan. I worked part time to pay for the daycare and went to school on my days off. The first 3 months of school I was working and going to school with no days off. It was hard but so worth it! I know I couldn’t have done it without his support.
Serhan Karaduman of Sean Kara photography took my head shots