08 May Advice from Stylist Moms We Love
You know them as the magicians who bring lustrous color, shape and movement to your locks, the therapists who restore your sanity when your mental state is just as frazzled as your hair, and the friends you trust with your juiciest gossip. But many of our stylists at W. Daly have another role: they’re moms. (Maybe that explains why they’re so good at multitasking.)
Every mom deserves to be celebrated—so today we’re getting started by celebrating four of our own. Leslie Thurman, JeanAnn Crane, Brittany Ulloa and Sheena Waddell are four stylists and mothers who care for their families just as they care for their guests. Read on, and get to know these amazing women.
Clients call Leslie Thurman a genius when it comes to cuts and color, but surprisingly, the mother of two credits her children with teaching her to be more responsible in her career and other areas. Though her favorite part of being a mom is having someone to love forever, she appreciates her alone time, too: going shopping all by herself is Leslie’s favorite way to decompress. (We totally get the appeal of retail therapy.) Leslie’s best advice? “Make sure to take care of yourself so that you are able to take care of everyone else.”
Becoming a mom has changed JeanAnn Crane’s life by making it “not about just me. Their needs and wants always come before my own.” The mother of two daughters, Karson and Karmen, she loves watching her two “amazing girls grow in each stage of their lives.” At a very young age, the bond these girls shared became apparent. It started when JeanAnn took a shower while baby Karmen napped. “To my surprise, Karson, who was three years old at the time, got Karmen out of her bassinet and brought her to me in the shower, because she was crying.”
JeanAnn advises women to savor the journey of motherhood. “Try not to stress out about every little things and enjoy the moment in your life,” she says.
Brittany Ulloa is the mother of a bouncing baby boy—and though he’s only a toddler, he’s already a Georgia Bulldogs fan. “Watching my son grow into an amazing little person with lots of personality is my favorite part of being a mom,” laughs Brittany, who says being a mom has helped her realize what’s important in life. She counts the occasional nap among her guilty pleasures, and she urges the next generation of mothers not to sweat the small stuff. “Everything will be okay,” she says.
Sheena Waddell says every day is funny with her three boys around. “There’s never a dull moment,” she says. “They’re even more hilarious when no one is watching.” She counts their unconditional love as her favorite thing about being mom—even though “these tiny humans don’t even know what that means.” Sheena says parenting has boosted her confidence and taught her to be a leader—skills that translate beyond the home and into the salon. To savor a little me-time, Sheena sends the kids to her parents or in-laws for a few days, then sinks into a good book or TV binge. She says that when it comes to being a mom, there are no cut-and-dry rules. “No two people are alike—therefore, there’s no handbook on how to do it correctly. God chose you to be this tiny person’s mom for a reason. Do it as you see fit.”
If you’re a mom (or know a mom) who is long overdue for some self-care, go online to book an appointment or buy a gift card. Happy Mother’s Day, and see you soon!