Team Spotlight: Sydney, Hair Designer

We are continually inspired by the stories of our team and Neroli Salon & Spa Mequon Hair Designer, Sydney, is no different.  Her story is a great reminder for all of us to work hard, cherish family, give back, make personal wellness a priority and to always pursue your dreams.


What were you doing/where were you before becoming a hair designer?
A lot of people find it hard to believe, but I was a mechanic in the Army National Guard.  It actually paid for some of my Cosmetology school.

National Guard

What drew you to cosmetology?
I attended college when I was activated to serve one year state side.  I had always loved doing hair and makeup and decided to go to Cosmetology school after my deployment.

I understand you have two children!  How has it been working at Neroli, while also being a mother?
It’s been awesome.  I have a great work – life balance.  My babies are everything to me, but I look forward to getting some “adult” time at work.  On the other side, I love coming home from work and seeing how excited they are to see me.  I wish that would never change.  Even if they were 40 years old.  I’d love to roll up and see them going crazy when they see me.


What is a misconception/judgement people often have about your services?
Most people think they can bring in a picture that they find on Pinterest and get that exact look that first day.  There are so many factors that go into a hair color. When was the last time you had color? What condition is your hair in?  Have you done a lot of color changes in the past? Is it realistic to get as light as you want in one round of lightening?  If you’re doing a color change, it can take a few times to get that look.

What is your favorite thing about hair?
I love that I never feel like I’m working.  I love to make people happy and beautiful.
Insider fact: Sydney specializes in balayage hair painting and hair extensions – checkout her work Instagram

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Above: Sydney’s work with hair-painting (left & right) and extensions (center).

Do you have any future goals?
 Since having kids, my husband and I have talked a lot about helping children in need in foreign countries.  I am planning a trip to Jamaica in the winter to help some friends of ours set up a second-hand clothing store in the small village where they are doing some mission work.


Where do you find inspiration, both inside and outside of work?
From my coworkers and Instagram.  I am lucky that I get to work with such talented hair designers everyday.  I also look at Instagram for short tutorials.  Everyone has their own way of doing things and I love taking new techniques I’ve learned from others into the salon.


Sydney with her co-workers (left to right: Sydney, Irina, Sadie, and Bridgette)

One thing that has surprised you in the beauty and wellness industry:
That it’s ever changing.  It keeps on my toes.

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Fill in the blank: On your day off, you like to ___.

Workout and snuggle with my kids

What is your favorite…
Movie: Overboard
Song: Give It to Me Baby – Rick James
Food: Mexican
Drink: Mojitos
Activity/hobby: Working out

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