Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Gattineri.
Linda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My whole life I had the desire to be a hairstylist so I could create beautiful looks and make people feel confident. Taking the “safe” route, I initially started my career in accounting and finance after graduating from the University of San Diego. Shortly after I still felt the urge to enter the beauty industry, so I quit my job and enrolled in beauty school.
While attending beauty school, I managed a salon in Little Italy. Upon completing my schooling and licensing, I assisted for Autumn Houston, the owner of Autumn Houston the Salon in Little Italy. There I learned the art of blonding. Upon completing the assistant program, I still felt I wanted to learn more. I packed my bags and landed an assistant job at the top celebrity salon in LA.
There I had the opportunity to work with the best colorists in the industry, where my passion for lived in hair took hold. As a San Diego resident of ten years, I missed the city I called home and headed back to San Diego. I was lucky enough to land a chair at the beautiful Belle Siréne Salon where I get to live my dream in focusing on blondes and lived in hair.
Has it been a smooth road?
While I absolutely love what I do it has not been an easy route getting here. Leaving a steady career in accounting and finance with amazing benefits for the unknown of the beauty industry was a challenge. I suddenly had to work 12-14 hours a day on my feet making very little. I often worked seven days a week and made many sacrifices with my personal life. However, I had a goal in mind, and with an amazing support system of friends and family, I was able to get through it.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a hair stylist at Belle Siréne Salon specializing in blonding and lived in looks. This salon is really a collaborative experience, and every day I learn something new from an incredible talent I am surrounded by.
I am inspired by the beautiful space and friendly faces. I am extremely attentive to my clients, I take ample time to speak with them and understand their needs before performing any service. A thorough consultation is key to understanding your client’s needs.
My goal is for each and every client to achieve their dream hair while maintaining the integrity of their hair.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Instagram as a whole has made huge changes to our industry. Long gone are the days of two-hour partial highlights. People want to these amazing looks we see on Instagram like beautiful balayage, ombrés, and bright blondes. I only see this becoming more and more part of our industry, it is an exciting time and allows us to be artists!
- Address: 7838 Herschel Ave La Jolla, CA
- Website: Www.bellesirenesalon.com
- Phone: (858) 454-1607
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @hairbylindagatt