Featured Stylist: Meet Lauren (AKA Ren)
Known as “Ren” by her Gordon Salon family and clients, Lauren began her career nearly ten years ago at an Aveda salon in Chicago. Ren is a wife, a mother of two, passionate hair colorist and now she is Gordon Salon’s Featured Stylist for this month!
Ren became a part of our Gordon family in 2012. She worked her way through our award winning education program before becoming a full-fledged hairstylist in the salon. Ren graduated the program and became a Professional in 2014 and was promoted to Master Stylist in 2016. As Ren approaches her 10th year in the salon industry, she reflects on what her career means to her; “Our team based environment encourages growth while adding the support of your fellow staff. In a commission based environment, every stylist works for themself. But at Gordon as a team we support each other’s careers through thick and thin.” Without her team’s support and accountability, Ren feels as though she would not be where she is today. The relationships she has developed with her co-workers can only be described as “family”.
For Ren, doing hair has become just a bonus aspect of her work. Her favorite part of the industry is the interpersonal relationships that emerge within the salon. Hair salons are a unique environment for this very reason. As clients regularly come in for their haircut or color, whether its every 4 weeks or every 12, they begin to develop a special personal relationship with their stylist and all the members of the salon team. Arguably, this is the best part of any salon atmosphere.
For stylists, these relationships provide the opportunity to see life through the eyes of another. Hair stylists regularly service a plethora of different people from all walks of life, giving them the opportunity to learn about people from different cultures, socio economic backgrounds and so on. Ren loves this aspect of her work because she feels that it gives her insight into the world without having to directly experience something first hand. For example, she feels that personal conversations between her and her clients have emotionally matured her in a way that could never be articulated. All of life’s ups and downs, from marriages and having babies to death and divorce, become a topic of conversation in the salon chair. Sharing and learning about these experiences with her clients is what inspires Ren to keep growing as a stylist.
One of Ren’s regular haircut clients, Jessica G., had a few nice words to share about her experiences as a Gordon Salon client. To Jessica, haircut appointments feel like “hanging out with a girlfriend and leaving with great haircut.” Jessica loves that “Ren is very straightforward, she is never afraid to tell me what looks good and what doesn’t.” She trusts Ren’s opinion on what to do with her hair so much so that she consistently drives in from the city just to see Ren every other month!
As with all Gordon Stylists, Ren is available for both cut and color. Currently, Ren is loving creating dimensional custom colors and having fun with highlights. She is also having a blast with being creative on her hair Instagram page. Check out Ren’s work by following her on Instagram @laurenhammondstylist and on our salons page @gordonsalon. You can book with Ren in Wilmette on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.