The Rad Stylist

Former broccoli-hater and current Rock-Paper-Scissor champion of a dive bar near you, I escaped the small town life for a whole new world (to quote Aladdin) and never looked back. I’ve worked in retail, public education, and the automotive world before finding my home in the world of hair.

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I’m just your average otter loving, sarcastic, cat mom with an affinity for rock shows, traveling, and craft beer. I’ve always been an enthusiastic individual (and social one at that) but never quite found my people, my home, or my dream job. I felt that way until 2014 when my world was SHOOK!

I met a man who encouraged my dreams, even the ones I pushed deep down because of what other people might think. *insert eyeroll here* I started to say yes to opportunities that scared me, including walking away from working in public education to pursue a new career in hair. Cosmetology school is no joke, it’s a full time job for damn near 18 months and I rocked it like a badass, graduating with honors from the Paul Mitchell School in Portland.

Over the last 3 years since becoming a licensed cosmetologist I’ve learned so much about myself, making others look and feel fabulous, and I’m still climbing and growing each day. I incorporate so much of my childhood and young adult life into my day to day.  Growing up watching my dad run a business taught me what hard work and sacrifice look like. He also taught me all about color and art, money, business relationships, and how to stand my ground.

My passion for hair has taken me to the sets of photo shoots, commercials, TV shows and even a Disney movie to date. I’ve spent many hours in the salon slaying rainbow hair (only once or twice past midnight). My education continues everyday as I push myself to learn new and innovative color, as well as cutting trends.

I am 112% committed to education which is why it important for me to teach classes for other stylists. If you’ve ever paid a visit to the salon, you have seen me in action explaining chemistry, biology, anatomy and color theory to my clients and fellow stylists in a way that I like to think of as Bill Nye meets Bob Ross.

My clients range from energetic pre-teen girls to the not-so-average grandma and are as eclectic as my tattoos. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of seriously talented actors and actresses through my TV and film experiences.

The Rad Stylist (aka me, Shelbs) offers a collection of services from hair color & sassy cuts, to color theory education & beard services. I always welcome new clients & am open to discuss any hair questions you might have! I’ve been told I’m really, really ridiculously good looking fun, outgoing, a blast to work with and be around.

You can find me behind the chair most days making magic with hair color at Marquee Salon + Studio in the Downtown area of Vancouver, WA USA. I’d love for you to follow along on social media by clicking the links below, and don’t be a stranger.

XOXO – Shelbs