Hairstylists. We all know one, need one and some of us even secretly wish we were one. When I think of a stylist, the first thing that comes to mind is AAFF: artistic, attention to detail, fashionable, and (super) friendly. For many women, their stylist knows more details of their life than any diary in existence. I LOVE going to the hair salon. It's a special treat I give myself 3 -4 times a year to attempt a "new look" (which I never do lol) and to divulge all the juicy details of my life (does talking about work count?) to the one person that's probably heard crazier or worse...or at least that's what I tell myself.
When I first met Veronica I was blown away by her professionalism, confidence and warm nature. Not only is she stunning, but she is by far one of the most hardest working women I know. When she's not color correcting a client, managing Salon 1971 in Downey, or working photoshoots, music videos or weddings, she plans parties, bakes and vacations with her husband.
Veronica will be joining the ARY team this August for the Labor Day Weekend Retreat in Nayarit! We are so excited to be able to offer her expertise, energy and skills to our retreat guests. Stay tuned for hair how-to's, live videos, and pictures from Nayarit!
The countdown begins.. the ARY retreat is in T-minus 7 days!
In the meantime, let me introduce you to Mrs. Veronica Lafarga.
1. When did you know that you were destined to be in the beauty industry?
I was inspired with the beauty world at a young age. I dance Florkorico from ages 6-15. I fell in love with the beautiful colors of the costumes to the bold makeup the girls in the dance group used during performances. In high school, I loved doing hair/makeup on myself and friends. I thought of it as a form of art & creativity and was under the impression that it could only be a hobby. During my senior year of high school I couldn’t figure out where to go to school or which path I should take. With the support and encouragement by my sisters, I new I had to follow my passion.
2. What was your first love…hair or make up? Has that changed through the years?
My first love was makeup which is the reason I went to beauty school. Throughout the cosmetology course I learned very little about makeup application but more of sanitation and hair concepts, so I turned to outside courses for makeup application and technique.
My love for hair grew once I started working in the salon and I learned the trends of haircuts, color, and styling with my mentor & now business partner, Chemo.
At first, I thought that makeup was the only way I can make a change on how my clients felt and looked. However, I quickly figured out that even with a simple blow out, a fresh haircut or a color transformation can do the same effects and more!
My primary passion is still makeup. When I get to work on events I get to be creative on different levels, such as weddings, photo shoots, fashion shows, or themed parties.
I don’t do cookie cutter makeup applications. I focus on enhancing everyone’s natural beauty.
My appreciation and love for hair goes hand in hand with my love for makeup.
3. What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love to do party planning, decorating and baking! I do it for my loved ones and friends.
4. How did you start working at Salon 1971?
I met Chemo, the salon owner, 11 years ago and he had a dream of owning his own salon. That dream became a reality in 2014 and I have been there since the doors opened as a Master stylist.
Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?
I definitely see my business growing! I want to create education classes for clients, build a traveling team of artists for events, and add a makeup boutique at Salon 1971. I can’t wait for my dream to become a reality with my business partner and with my amazing team of artists.
5. What excites you most about being part of the ARY Retreat this coming Labor Day Weekend?
I am very excited & looking forward to the ARY retreat especially since it will be my first yoga retreat! This will be such an amazing experience. Not only will people experience peace and calmness, but also a refresher for the mind, body, and soul. I love building relationships with people and this retreat will be a great way to create new memories, friendships and bonds.
6. What is a challenging project you have come across with Hair?
In my work, projects are not PowerPoints, creating plans, executing excels sheets and presentations with deadlines. My projects are Color Corrections! Color Corrections can be very challenging depending on what the client wants as an end product.
These pictures will show the before and after looks. Processes like these can take more than 1 visit to the salon and 1-2 processes per visit. It can take from 4 hours to 8 hours the first visit. At the end of each color correction I feel accomplished and proud, especially knowing I made a difference in my client's self esteem. This makes me feel confident in my work.
7. You are one of the most grounded, motivated, and sweetest people I’ve met in my professional life… how do you maintain your happiness?
Joy, love, and laughter! “Life is too short break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.” –Unknown.
I have to thank my husband, family, and friends for this. My husband encourages me to stay motivated and pumped to strive for our goals and future in our careers and as a family. I can’t forget the laughs we share. There is a never a dull moment!
My family reminds me that love is unconditional and that it's important to stay humble and true to yourself. My friends continuously give me positive support and encouragement to strive to be better at what I do. I have to say I haven’t done it alone. My support system keeps me grounded.
8. Since we’ve met, you started your yoga journey. What advice would you give a first time yogi?
You don’t have to be athletic, fit, thin, flexible or a professional in yoga! I tried doing yoga 8 years ago and I felt that it was not my thing because it was too slow paced. These yoga classes where at a gym with 40 other people and it felt as if the instructor didn’t have the time to help a newbie in the class.
When I first started with Annette & Downey Yoga the experience was completely different. I learned to take my time, do the right poses, modifications & most importantly listen to my body. I feel that everything that is practiced during yoga I have found it useful to my daily activities at work and at home. I know a lot of people may get intimidated with yoga, but I would say this has also helped me keep balance in my mind, body, health and my crazy schedule. I feel the difference in my body because of my Yoga practice.
9. What is one hair tip or must-have product that everyone should always consider while traveling?
My 1 tip is to travel with Unite 7SCONDS Leave In Conditioner and Argan Oil. 7SECONDS leave in conditioner is the perfect balance of light protein and moisturizers. 7SECONDS seals the cuticle and protects your hair all day long. A must for chemically treated hair and as a UV and heat protector especially when vacationing in sunny beaches.
Argan Oil will give your hair that lasting moisture and instant shine. Without leaving any buildup and reducing your drying time, because when you’re on vacation you don’t want to spend all your time styling your hair!
There you have it! Stay tuned for hair posts from Vero directly from the ARY Yoga Retreat August 31-September 3!