What is your role in the salon and how long have you worked there?
I work at Chatters in Nanaimo as a senior hair stylist, and I have been with the company for four years now.
How did you get involved with the beauty industry?
I worked in the hair industry back home on Mauritius Island which is in the Indian Ocean east of the continent of Africa. But what made me decide to do hair was my family was in the beauty industry, and I started playing around. My initial desire was body painting; I looked into it, but there were things I didn’t like about it. The other option they told me about was hairstyling. I feel that because I used to play with dolls and do their hair so I thought that maybe I would enjoy it. I thought why not; I like it… I like it… I don’t like it… I don’t like it… But in the end, I loved it, so it was the right path for me.
How did you find out about Chatters?
My husband had applied for a job, and he was selected to come to Canada. They asked him if he had a wife which he did (haha), and the place that hired him helped me find this job. I was chosen to go to work before my husband was; I had to move to Canada two weeks before he did. Before I came to Canada, I had to do a practical demonstration portion for the job I applied for, and then an interview which followed. I was able to get the job, and I am happy that I was selected as an international hairstylist for Chatters because I really enjoy my job.
If you could style any celebrity who would it be and why?
I think it would be Michelle Obama because her hair is so challenging, and I work with this type of hair often.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Having a connection with the clients; when my clients come in they tell me stories and I get to travel with my clients. My clients have different stories, and they come from all over; I work in such a touristy area I see people from across the globe.
What is your favourite thing to do on your day off?
It is relaxing, calling back home and going to the beach!
Do you have a bucket list for your career?
I would love to be a stylist that can travel to the other side of the world. This industry is never-ending, and people always need their style updated. If I can see the other side of the world, I would be able to see what different techniques they do with hair and learn from them.
What was your best day on the job? Describe it?
I have people telling me that I am like an angel; people describe what they want and then I am able to do it for them which makes my day. Being patient and going through all of the details really helps me do this for the clients.
I had this lady who had challenging hair, kind of like Michelle Obama and she said to me, oh wow no one has ever been able to make my hair look so straight!
I had another day like this recently, the lady had short hair, and she was 93 years old. She said to me “oh my God you can really make my hair go poof on top how did you ever do that? I have never had my hair done like this…” She comes back and I have done her hair a few more times. But often when she comes back I am always busy. She glances at me, and I think uh oh… She would like to have me, but I am busy!
What is your favourite style trend?
I love braiding, I can do updo’s with the braiding, and I think this is one of the things I excel at.
If you had advice to give to your younger self what would it be?
Have lots of patience. This job needs lots of patience, and the role requires a lot of listening. Sometimes what I am thinking and what the client is thinking is not always the same thing. I always say that our job is like being a Dr. but for hair.