Behind the scenes at Madison Reed, there’s a team of talented, creative people who make working here a pure joy. Meet Yvette, a stylist and makeup artist with a special eye for color.
How did you start working with beauty and hair?
I love making women feel beautiful. I have a friend who always looked so put together and nice. She’s the one who really got me started in beauty. Once I got certified as a makeup artist, I started working on everything from avant garde photoshoots to more relaxed weddings.
I’ve always loved hair, especially coloring hair, and always style women’s hair when I do their makeup. At Madison Reed, I pair my love for beauty and color with a background in customer service to help women get exactly what they need.
What do you specialize in?
I just love color. I love how you can change up your look by changing your hair.
We can tell, it seems like you have a different style or color every time we see you!
It’s true, I probably change my color every couple of months. With styles, it’s even more, about every 3-6 weeks. I’ve gone from braids and twists, to short and sleek. You name it!
You do a lot with your hair! Do you have any advice for taking good care of it through changes?
Yes! About 5 or 6 years ago, my hair broke off because of the harsh chemicals used to color and straighten it. That’s when I decided to take better care. Things like getting my hair braided instead of straightening it and using healthier products.
I’ve learned a lot of things. Keeping hair moisturized is important. What you need depends on your hair type. Mine is fine but I have a lot of it, so I find I need a lot. Coconut oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil is really hydrating.
The way you dry your hair also makes a big difference. Standard towels are rough on hair, so it’s important to use a microfiber towel. That helps hair dry faster and not get as frizzy, which helps with styling. That’s because the microfiber keeps the cuticle of the hair smoother.
Making those changes, I can wash my hair, leave it curly, and it looks smoother without adding any heat. And now it’s growing a lot faster and healthier.
What gets you excited about Madison Reed?
The fact that it’s hair color that’s a lot better for women. I can tell from working with hair models. Whether they use permanent color, semi-permanent gloss, or a combo, Madison Reed makes hair feel great. Being healthier matters.
Even if you’re not concerned about chemicals, you get great color. I never have anyone calling to say their color looks flat. That’s a big complaint about all those other box colors, but it's not an issue with Madison Reed.
What comes up when you help the women who call Madison Reed?
Occasionally I get people I talk to for over an hour. I love being able to talk to them, just hear how their day is going, and offer a ray of sunshine when I can.
Let’s say you win the lotto. What’s the first thing you do?
I want to have a spa chain with skincare and makeup. It’s all about taking care of women!
I know when I don’t feel that great, I put on my face and feel better. I love the artistry, especially when I have time to create intricate looks. It’d be about sharing that experience with everyone.
What’s a totally embarrassing thing that you don’t want your team or the world to know?
Oh boy, I’m pretty clumsy, so I have a few stories!
Once, I was commuting and fell partway down the escalator. It was really bad, I really hurt my knee and my arm was busted up. But I got up quickly, laughed it off, and went to the far side of platform quickly… where nobody had seen that happen!
I’ve also fallen backwards down a staircase. In my defense, it was hidden behind a curtain. For some reason, I thought there was a wall behind the curtain, leaned against it, and found myself tumbling down backwards somehow. Luckily, I was ok, but it really scared my little siblings, so I had to calm them down.
Whoa, we’re glad you’re ok, too! Do you have any hobbies that don’t involve falling down stairs? :P
I really like to draw. I have a couple of books with exercises on shading, lighting, and color. It helps me be a better artist in what I do.
I also read a lot of fiction and write poetry. I’ve been reading a lot of Octavia Butler, an African American sci-fi writer, which is pretty rare. It’s all amazing.
What’s a favorite place you’ve traveled?
Vegas! I always go with my family, so I always have a good time. We have family reunions there. Even when I go for fun or as a girls’ trip, there are always siblings and cousins joining in.
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat. His name is Buster and he’s amazing. It’s really interesting because I was adamant that I was not a cat person. But when my boyfriend moved in, so did his cat. And it turned out to be a sweetest cat ever! He’s my little baby and follows me around the house all the time.
Awww… we need to come visit. Thanks for sharing your story, Yvette!
That's just a taste of the Color Crew experience at Madison Reed. Reach out for a comprehensive hair consultation today and build a relationship with one of our colorists. We are passionate about giving you better, healthier hair!