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Meet Christina McCarver of The Salon Breakroom in Studio City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina McCarver.

Christina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As cliche as it may sound, my journey in beauty began when I was a little girl watching my mom as she would get ready for the day. I always admired her sense of style and confidence. I didn’t realize it at the time, but her daily transformations subconsciously made me realize the power of style, hair and makeup.

When I was 15, I got a job as a receptionist at a salon in my little town outside of Chicago (Waukegan). To me, it was the best job in the world. I got my hair and nails done all the time, got to dress cute and had so much fun working there. The stylists I worked with opened my eyes to the magical world of hairdressing. They were independent, talented, made their own hours and were happy. I worked there until I was 18 and decided to go to beauty school. My parents weren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of me becoming a hairstylist. They were worried it wouldn’t be a financially secure career choice so hairdressing became my “backup plan” and I told them I’d go to college later. A couple of years after becoming licensed, I went back to college to study fashion design and marketing. I got through 2 years and decided to leave because I was doing really well as a hairdresser. I just wanted to focus on that.

My career really started to take off after I had my daughter when I was 23. Becoming a mother really fueled me to strive for more. I became hyper-focused on visualizing all the things I wanted, much of which came true. From doing editorial work to NY Fashion Week to traveling the world to teach and train other hairdressers with Sebastian Professional…I was having the time of my life! During that period, I learned an incredible amount about the industry and professional education and was offered a job in LA working full time for Sebastian (Procter & Gamble at the time). I moved here eight years ago and never looked back. Now I have the great privilege of managing the pro-education for three brands, Sebastian Professional. Seb Man and GHD.

I have literally spent more than half of my life dedicated to the hair industry. I live it, breath it and believe in it every day. Working behind the scenes has given me this unusual opportunity to have an eagle-eye view of what’s happening in the industry. This outlook has inspired the concept behind The Salon Breakroom, the lifestyle brand for hairdressers that I’m developing.

Hairstylists are a special breed of people and hairdressing is a lifestyle. We have a language, a persona, even a look, but the common thing I love most is the heart all hairdressers have. We are innately giving and caring people. We are so closely connected to the people in our communities and genuinely love what we do. The Salon Breakroom was created to support hairdressers through content that helps give back to them in their everyday. From tips and tricks on taking care of your mind and body to recipes that pack nutrition and fuel to eat in between clients to online classes, merch and more. Our goal is to help stylists thrive, not just survive.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My journey has not been smooth. Like many of us, I’ve been challenged by people that have tried to make me feel inadequate, As with most creative fields, competition is high and you are always surrounded by criticism, including the one in your own head. Fortunately, I’ve also been surrounded by truly supportive people that helped to reassure me when I would question myself; I am so thankful for that. I’ve also worked very hard at educating myself not just on technical skills but in art, fashion and culture. I discovered the power of visualization to enable my mental strength and the discipline to compartmentalize when needed. You need tough skin in this business, especially as a woman.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
The Salon Breakroom is a lifestyle brand for hairdressers, the first of it’s kind.

The (actual) Salon Breakroom is a very special place for hairdressers. It’s a place where camaraderie is built, where ideas are shared, where a language is spoken that only hairdressers understand. These magical moments are the reason The Salon Breakroom was created.

Hairdressing is a lifestyle. It is a subculture. The Salon Breakroom was founded by Christina McCarver with a mission to help improve the lives of hairdressers with lifestyle tips, tricks and tools for the salon and beyond. You won’t find hair cutting or color education videos here. Rather, you’ll find information that is intended to help your every day be just a little better, a little more insightful and little more empowered. We are the digital version of a breakroom…minus the gossip 🙂

In my own path as a curious and evolving person, I have spent countless hours learning about health, fitness, nutrition, adult learning, and personal development, I don’t claim to be a pro, but I do know that sharing information is important for growth, The Salon Breakroom is going to be the place that houses information in these categories as a resource catered for hair professionals.

What were you like growing up?
I’m an Aries, the middle of 3 girls from a military family and lived on islands until I was 11. I was a teenager of the 90s and was a little bit of a tomboy and pretty nerdy. I loved being outside skateboarding and going to the beach, but also loved writing, playing piano and watching videos on MTV. I was a straight A student that didn’t like school, a little bit of a perfectionist…but also had a rebellious side to me.

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