The Only Relationship that Matters: You & Your Hair Stylist

My mother always told me that your hair is the first thing anyone will notice about you. I mean, I’m pretty sure this has no scientific backing but any mother’s advice is usually as good as gold.

5-or-so years ago, I started going to Rene Morhardt (click to see her work and her adorable babies) of Salon Brio. She trained in LA in the academy of the famous, Juan Juan, owner of J Beverly Hills Salon. She’s the kind of stylist that you’d expect to meet in a big city, but luckily I found her in my town of less than 20,000 people.







She is responsible for not only this transformation, but making me feel confident and helping me navigate the world of hair products, extensions and more.

I used to be so attached to my long hair and refused to try anything new. The length created such a heaviness that made my hair look limp, like I was perpetually caught outside on a rainy day.

My hair was like a horse that broke it’s leg during a race and Rene decided to take it out back and put an end to its suffering.

Without her honesty, my hair would still remain a lifeless mop of tangles and sorrow.

Plus, she’s seen me naked (I’ve enjoyed many spray tans from Rene as well) so there’s no turning back now.

It’s so important to have a stylist that you trust and won’t just tell you what you want to hear. Remember, they’re the expert– not you. Once you find someone who’s a good fit for you and understands how you want to look, they can lead you in the right direction.

In fact, whenever I come in to the salon I just tell her “do what you need to do to make me look pretty.” It takes a lot of the stress off of me and saves me a lot of time from scouring Pinterest for the right style.



The color looks so natural. People never know that it’s highlighted until I tell them.




I’m a huge proponent of having one fabulous stylist that you can text at any hour, come in and basically get a therapy session from.

Like mama said, people are going to notice your hair. So find the stylist that gets you and listen to their advice. They’ll help you find the products that will work best for you and help you become the most gorgeous version of yourself.


  1. “My hair was like a horse that broke it’s leg during a race and Rene decided to take it out back and put an end to its suffering.”

    So morbid but so Julia 😂 proud of you!! ❤️❤️❤️


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