Samantha is driven and motivated in everything she does. In 2008 she completed her Bachelors in Business Administration, while working as a hair stylist. She also works as a Redken Artist educating other stylist’s and travelling across Canada working backstage at various hair shows including Toronto’s MasterCard Fashion Week. She is huge on education, continually educating herself and her clients. Teaming up with her friend and co-worker, James, the two created Samantha James Hair Design, their very first hair salon.
What hobbies or interest’s do you have outside of Samantha James Hair Design?
"I love to travel and dance, if I can do both at the same time I will! Recently, I started a Dance Company sharing my passions and helping grow the community and when I’m not keeping busy with dance or work, I am hanging out with friends or my two fur babies, Morgan Freeman and Fez.
What do you enjoy most about being a hairstylist?
"Very few people realize how much our job affects people. That is what I love about my job, I can create something unique to each person and they can feel confident and beautiful leaving my chair. A haircut and colour can transform someone’s personality, I love getting to know each and every client and that I can become a part of their life.
As for the hair itself, I love working with colour and extensions. Creating a beautiful natural balayage or making you feeling more confident with the length or thickness leaves me feeling satisfied with my day."
Where do you get your inspiration from?
"From the people that surround me every day, my clients! Majority of the time, the colour’s I create on my clients, I want to do on my own hair! I also grab inspiration from my peers, having worked beside some very talented people through my career and working backstage at hair shows."
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
"I would tell myself that the good things in life take time, as well, probably take up one hobby at a time."
In five songs, what is the soundtrack of your life?
Beauty and the Beast - Bonjour
Survivor - Eye of the tiger
Spice Girls - Spice up your life
Michael Buble - Feeling good
David Bowie & Mick Jagger - Dancing in the street
What is one of the best compliments you have ever received?
"This guy came in for a haircut, he had never come in before, and said “I have always hated going to the hair salon, but I will definitely be coming back, cus this was actually fun!” I will take a compliment like that any day!"