Note from the KeraGirls: Occasionally, we will feature topics of particular interest to the hairstyling professional under the “KC Pro” category. This is the first in that series.

Keratin Complex stylists are nothing if not passionate about their jobs. We are always hearing from our hair pros about how much they love their vocation, and how gratifying it is to help salon clients look and feel their best.

But don’t take our word for it. Read on for Keratin Complex professionals’ personal take on the simple statement, “Why I love being a stylist.”

Keratin Complex stylists describe their passion for the job

“I have loved art, music and theatre since elementary school and have been in numerous productions throughout my life. I often found myself doing hair and makeup for all of my friends for productions, or any formal events, so it was the next logical step for me to pursue hair school. I love making people happy in all of my art forms by helping build confidence in a world that too often tears us down.”

Summer Taylor, a professional hairstylist since 2005 in Oklahoma City, OK

“My first and foremost passion is HAIR! I could not see myself doing anything else. My mother has been in this industry for over 25 years so I was raised in a salon. I’m so happy to be following my dream and my mother’s footsteps.”

BriAnna Mechelle Williamson, who with her mother runs Teresa & Associates Day Spa and Salon in Florence, AL

Keratin Complex stylist drying hair


“I love what I do more today, than I did when I started. Hair and the healthy state of hair have ALWAYS been a passion! I can't try, learn, or teach enough about this industry!”

Michele McCord, a 26-year hairstyling veteran and owner of Studio M, Inc., in Greenville, SC, for the past 12 years

“I do love my job! It gives me the opportunity to make my clients instantly feel like a million bucks. I always tell them, ‘Getting our hair done is cheaper than therapy and easier than losing weight!’ They leave feeling new and refreshed.”

Sabra Fontanilla, a Keratin Complex educator and stylist at Eye Candy Salon in Knoxville, TN

Keratin Complex stylist cutting hair


“I chose the word ‘meraki’ for the name of my studio because of its meaning. Meraki is a Greek word that means ‘the soul, creativity, or love you put into something; the essence of yourself that you put into your work.’ This is what I do every day … I put my whole heart and soul into what I do because I love it!”

Paul Orlandi, owner of Meraki Hair Studio at Salon Lofts in Mayfield Heights, OH, and a Keratin Complex educator

“Doing hair is an art, and it is rewarding for me on so many different levels. Every day I get to go to work and spend my time with people who start as clients and end up kissing me goodbye. The fact that people put their trust in me and my artistry is an overwhelming experience. I love to see the smiles on my clients’ faces. Knowing that my hands have the ability to change someone’s life is quite rewarding!”

Gina Almona, owner of Blo It Out in Astoria, NY

Keratin Complex stylist coloring hair


“Becoming a hairstylist changed my life in such a positive way. It went against everything my traditional family wanted for me and I had to do it on my own. I was also very shy and anxious as a child and as an adult. I was always scared and worried; but being a hairstylist made all that go away. I am very comfortable behind the chair, and I get to meet amazing people all the time.”

Nisha Patel, Los Angeles-based Inspiration Team member

“I have very diverse clientele that always keeps me on my toes. One minute I will be balayaging and the next will be dramatic color. Bringing high-fashion hair to a community has been quite rewarding. Everyone wants to show their personality through their hair; they just need the stylist to confidently guide them to a new look.”

Rachel Chambers, stylist at Identity Salon in Stanwood, WA, and an educator for Keratin Complex