Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany VanEeckhoute .
Hi Tiffany, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I will start by saying I feel incredibly blessed to do something I am so passionate about and love so much for a living. I can honestly say work doesn’t feel like work. I love connecting with people and making them feel good about themselves. My dad passed away when I was 21, and life was rough after that for a while. I went to hair school at Grabber at 27 and started my hair career at 29. I didn’t feel confident enough yet to stand behind the chair, so I was blessed with the opportunity to be able to stand behind my mentor Ashley Crawford at the Hair Theatre Salon for a year. I learned so much from many amazing stylists, and Loyola, the owner, will forever have a special place in my heart as a spiritual guide and hair goddess. During that year, I began to accumulate a clientele of my own to prepare myself to be on my own. Once I was behind the chair full time, I was busier than I could have imagined. I’ll never forget the turning point in my career. I had a huge color correction book and blew it out of the water. I remember crying. I was so happy. Modern salon magazine contacted me and put me in the magazine for top 100 influencers in 2017. They featured that color correction! From then on, I was flying high and confident in my work. I decided to go out on my own and leave my salon shortly after. It was scary, but I was being called to it and had to leap.
I got my loft at salon lofts in Creve Coeur, and things took off. Then, I got sponsorship through the color track and Brazilian bond builder. I had companies mailing me free products daily to the salon and multiple requests to be sponsored by many companies, but I only accepted the ones I fully supported and loved. I attended the behind-the-chair awards in Texas to get the experience. It was a rush with so many artists I loved so much. The following year, I entered the contest myself and got nominated in the pastels category out of thousands of entries from 81 countries! I was so taken back and overjoyed! I attended the award show, and it was an amazing experience with so many beautiful, talented souls! After a couple of years, I had a wall knocked down, ran a double loft, and hired an assistant. Carson brought me so much joy and helped me so much. It was so neat to grow so quickly. I was doing up to 9 clients a day, working 14-hour days. I burnt myself out a bit. I had 2 other assistants, Amanda and Krystal, who were both amazing. Once covid hit, I decided to go back to 1 loft and stopped double booking. At this season in my life, I am happier with a calmer environment with fewer people and still feel blessed every day to go into my shop and get my hands in some hair.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
If I’m being honest, I feel fortunate for my hair journey. Everything has gone pretty smoothly, and I thank God daily.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
This is always a fun one to answer. I have a wide range of talents in the hair industry, but my all-time favorite will always be blondes. Keeping the integrity of my hair has always been my number 1 goal, and mastering it was a passion for me. Color theory fascinates me: the hows, whys, and what’s. Color corrections are what I’m most known for, for sure. They are my favorite because of the shock of the giant transformations. Many clients cry happy tears once I turn that chair around. I am patient; I love spending 6 hours transforming their entire look. I am a hard worker. I also love doing rainbow vivids. It’s so fun to paint hair 10 different colors creating a real-life mermaid. Most clients give me creative freedom and trust me to do what’s best for them based on their lifestyle, appearance, etc. As far as standing out, I would say that my being an empath and a spiritual being makes people feel safe in my space to share openly and honestly with me. I am very present with my clients and love to lend an ear and advice if needed or wanted. I also do extensive consultations to assure we are on the same page and I can accomplish what their goals are. I am upfront and honest, always.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
As I mentioned, everyone at the Hair Theatre Salon was a huge help. The owner Lovola believed in me and shared so much spiritually with me. She suggested some of the greatest books I’ve read that transformed my life entirely. She advised me on how to communicate with companies. She encouraged me to dream big and never stop. Ashley Crawford was my mentor. I assisted for a year. She taught me many things and helped me grow to where I am today. My friend Amanda joined me in hair school, which made it a lot more enjoyable, and she ended up assisting me years later at my shop and working at the hair theatre with me. My friend Katie and her mom Liz were always wonderful cheerleaders and support. Jordan, Jessica, and Precious trusted me with their hair and children. A lot of my friends have had me do their hair for years. I’ve had a few clients from the beginning, which is so neat. All my assistants, Deja Hall, Carson, Krystal, Amanda, were all blessings. My mom has always been proud of all my accomplishments. I’ve been blessed with so many supportive people in my life.
- Website: Salonlofts.com
- Instagram: @_hairbytiffany_