Hi I’m Lauren!
I’ve been working magic on hair in a studio environment for 7 years now. I feel so fortunate that I get to go to a job I LOVE every day. I grew up as an athlete and a tom boy so it seems a little weird that I have chosen a career path in the beauty industry but let me tell you its not. I lived in jeans, t-shirts and sneakers growing up but if there was ONE thing I was super particular about it was my HAIR. Every strand had to be in place, the bangs just right etc etc ~Even my braids and ponytails just for basketball games had to be right! I was the girl who braided the whole teams’ hair before games and cut and dyed everyone’s in my kitchen or dorm room in college.
Speaking of college: I went to Western State to play basketball. I met some of my best friends there- and that includes my husband Duke. After 2 years of playing in the coldest place in Colorado I decided to transfer to DU. I graduated with a Business degree and decided I better put that degree to work. I worked in Accounting for 2 years for a ski company before I woke up and realized that I was just not cut out to sit at a computer all day (I don’t think there is anything wrong with desk jobs- I for one, with my undiagnosed ADD just cannot do it!) So I got back in touch with what I had been itching to do all along and went to Paul Mitchell the School Denver to get my Cosmetology license.
And the rest as they say, is history. In school I met my brain twin Kanani, we started brainstorming a business plan about halfway through school & once we graduated and had been working for a while, various serendipitous happenings threw us head-first into our dream business. Things have changed as she is now off conquering the Pacific Northwest, but I am forever grateful for the friendship and trust we built running LoCKs Studio together. When she decided to move to Portland and our business took on a whole new framework I decided to take the leap and make some changes myself, so now the studio is Lather & Sage.
I am a master colorist, nationally certified by The Business of Balayage and I love to make your cut perfect for you. Not every head of hair is the same and I will never treat it as such. While I do love weight removal I am also very diverse in creating volume and movement. Maintaining the integrity of your hair and breathing life into listless locks is one of my favorite things to do. I have yet to meet any unruly curls I cannot tame and I have years of experience with smoothing ethnic hair. Men’s grooming is also a passion of mine, guys you can expect a full barbering treatment with a straight blade neck shave, hot towels and a luxe head massage to match your custom cut. I am a perfectionist in everything I do and when you’re in my chair you are the focus of my whole world. I also LOVE bridal hair and makeup. Beautiful, romantic hairstyles and soft classic makeup are my specialty.