We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenn Tandarich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenn, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Ah … Taking Risks? I have always told myself … Be wise with your decisions. Make an effort to be conscious with the decisions you are making prior to making them. If you don’t take a risk, you will never fail. If you never fail, you will never learn. If you never learn, you will never succeed. Taking a risk has given me an opportunity to stand out on my own. It has enabled me to build a camaraderie with my fellow co-workers, clientele, and community beyond my wildest dreams.
In life, I have learned, you can be a leader or a follower. You can strive to become better at what you are doing each day or remain complacent in your current circumstances. I chose the former of the two. I have always had vivid dreams of my own and I have followed my dreams throughout my lifetime.
Has it always been easy? No. Have there been challenges? Yes. Do the advantages out way the setbacks? Most always. In the end, taking a risk and following what I know in my heart to be true, has always turned out to be the better outcome.
The next time you find yourself at a crossroad, find a quiet spot. Close your eyes. Take 3, deep, calming breaths and ask yourself .. what is it that I am trying to get an answer to? Wait a few minutes in silent contemplation and ask your heart to guide you towards your next course of action. 💞
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I knew I had a passion for becoming a hairdresser at an early age. I knew I had the patience, creativeness and willingness to learn. I’m thankful to all my mentors … Michael Canalé, Dee Bush, Abbie Kaplan and her team (back in the days 🙂 !), amongst countless others for all the hours they selflessly gave. You are my foundation.
I feel as though I got to where I am today, not only by the teachings of my mentors but by saying “yes” to the things I feared most … the first braid on a girlfriends hair in the library while the librarian was reading to our class. The first fade on a college roommates hair before his football game. The first time shampooing someone’s hair in a shampoo bowl (mind you, I sprayed myself and them, haha!). The first color correction inside the salon. The first on-site wedding party of 8. The first job styling hair on-set for VH1. The first photoshoot styling hair for For Love and Lemons in 2011. The first hair extension installation. The first photoshoot and Magazine cover for Ranch & Coast in 2011. The list goes on and on …
A few lessons I’ve learned along the way..
1) Remember that it’s ok not to overbook yourself.
2) Always make time for a 10-15 min break. You deserve it and your clients will appreciate you taking one.
3) Be kind to yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a girlfriend visiting I would treat her to a spa day at one of our local resorts. I would take her to L’Auberge one day. La Costa Resort and Spa another and pop in to Chandler’s for breakfast or Pacific Coast Grill for dinner and a sunset. I would drive her through the village in Rancho Santa Fe and stop in for a late snack, coffee, tea or drink, if she pleases.
We could get in the water, go to a museum and ride bikes during the day. Play board games, go to a play or play cards at night. I would take her for countless walks on the beach and watch the sunset every night and then sit in the hot tub under the moonlight. I would take her to listen to live acoustic music if it were playing in town or I would play it for her at my house.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This, no doubt, goes out to Dee Bush (@browtiquespa)!💞 I’d like to refer to Dee as a real life superhero who welcomed me with open arms from the first day we met. She placed me in the hands of the ever-so-talented celebrity colorist, Michael Canalé (@colorbycanale), at the beginning of my career. Dee is a woman of dignity and grace. She inspires many and encourages you to push yourself beyond your own expectations. She would give the shirt off her back to anyone and is as loving and as supportive as they come.
Over the past decade, and after countless hours of continued education with gifted mentors in the North County SD, San Diego, L.A. and New York areas, Dee so kindly gave me a platform to stand on and an opportunity to work with the team, once again, in 2018, full-time. I wasn’t being punished before 🙂 I just wasn’t ready. Since then, we have continued to build upon our never ending relationship at her prestigious salon, Browtique Spa. We are located in the beautiful and upscale community of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. I’m proud to say that the space Dee created, feels like home. We’re all family here and it’s a sanitary, safe, and wonderful place for all to come! So, come on by, say hi, or give one of us a hug, and make Browtique Spa your home away from home. xo