The Carrot Inn
5332 Bercot Rd.
Freeland 98249 United States of America
I began my journey as a hair stylist to support myself as a budding musician when I was 19. My best friend and I were in a band together called Haunting Autumn (you can find us on Spotify/iTunes/etc.) and decided to enroll in Gene Juarez Academy. My mom has been a stylist for 39 years (she still is and owns her own salon) and my aunt and uncle own a salon together in Longview with their daughter called Pals for Hair, 45 minutes north of Portland, Oregon. Styling was in my blood and my uncle Alan (primary owner of Pals which stands for Patrick Alan Ledgerwood) was my biggest inspiration. He had a recording studio in the 2nd floor of PAL's and continued to put out albums and perform, while also creating rock star hair dos for people such as Courtney Taylor from the Dandy Warhols and MANY others. I wanted to be like that! Running a salon while playing music alongside my beautiful partner… What could be better?! I graduated from Gene Juarez after two grueling years, gave birth to my son Fynn in the middle of the program, and immediately started as a booth renter at an adorable salon in downtown Langley, WA called Bliss Hair Studio and Day Spa in 2014. After 1 1/2 years there, the owner shut it down to start a family and I went to work with my mom at Freeland Barber & Salon. It was lackluster and basic; I love my mom but we should absolutely not work together and I wanted to be in a more professional and artistic environment. After 3 years I started at Salish Sea Salon, which happened to be in the same building that Bliss was in. I felt like I was back in my salon home. However, the pandemic was hard on Salish.. everyone who worked there had a different opinion about the world, the owner was stressed to bits and the rent for the space was super expensive and only going up. Not to mention, my mom had closed down Freeland Barber & Salon and started working at Salish with me and she did not jive with the other coworkers there. It was not a happy environment those last 6 months. The owner of Salish decided it was time to close its doors in November of 2020. My mom's client Matt offered her dirt cheap rent for a tiny building he owned that we could remodel into a salon. We jumped on the opportunity and decided to be owners together. We remodeled the space in 3 weeks, completely by ourselves, and opened January 1st, 2021, naming it The Rock Hair Studio as a tribute to our island: Whidbey (which many people here call "The Rock"). I was hopeful that being a part owner with my mom would contribute to a better environment together than the past because I had 1/2 the say. This was not the case. Her motto was, "I be me, you be you" and she had no interest in making the salon more inviting, artistic, or environmentally friendly. I had been trying to get on board with green circle since starting at Salish and even began using Kevin Murphy color while I was there and encouraged all the stylists to switch their color line to Kevin Murphy as well. The owner even brought in the entire Kevin Murphy line of products. This was the only attempt made at Salish Sea Salon to become more environmentally friendly and it wasn't enough for me; there was so much waste there! I knew that when I opened The Rock, I needed to make changes. But being a part owner with a family member who could care less about doing more for the earth made this impossible. I decided in April of 2021 that I was going to open my own home studio and to make that studio as sustainable as possible. I have a gigantic laundry room with its own private entrance and my husband and I saw the potential of renovating it into a workable space and immediately began the transformation as soon as we got permission from my landlords. My husband and I did everything ourselves from painting to plumbing to everything in between. We purchased as much as we could locally, much of the decor from local thrift and antique stores. My logo was designed by a young up and coming artist and I did all of the other graphic design work and website myself. I got an eco-head for the sink, biodegradable bags and gloves, am of course using Kevin Murphy color and carrying several different vegan/ethical product lines in the salon (unfortunately my space is too small to sign the anti-diversion agreement to carry Kevin Murphy but I always send my clients to the KM site if they want KM products at home.) Right now I'm doing my own version of Green Circle, donating hair to the multitude of birds on our property and recycling literally everything I can. I finally finished remodeling my home studio and then broke my ankle this June, forcing me to take several months off of work. This time to heal has given me the chance to become further educated in my craft, to research more ways to be sustainable and to fine tune my space into something truly special. I am so happy with what I've created and can't wait to officially start my journey of the sole owner and stylist of The Carrot Inn, Sustainable Hair Artistry this September. I will be more present and available for my 7 year old son, Fynn, I will be working in a space that I am confident to call my own and I will be contributing to the earth rather than taking from it, all while having the time to play music with my husband and life partner. A dream even grander than my original goal of being just like my uncle Alan. Not only that but my clients are SO WONDERFUL in that they give a HUGE crap about the earth and are super behind a more sustainable approach. For them to feel at ease that the salon they are in isn't creating more waste is really important to me and long story short: I'm stoked about the whole thing and my main goal now is to give back to the earth as much as I can and make The Carrot Inn as green as humanly possible.
I started my journey in 2012 when I enrolled in Gene Juarez… graduated and started at Bliss Hair Studio and Day Spa in 2014… Began working with my mom at Freeland Barber and Salon in 2016… Moved to Salish Sea Salon in 2019… Opened The Rock Hair Studio in January of 2021 and then opened my own home studio The Carrot Inn Sustainable Hair Artistry in July of 2021. I have not stopped doing hair since the day I graduated and am continuing to make moves toward becoming more earth friendly and sustainable while valuing my family time, personal passions and my number one love: music and performance art.
188.8.131.52 | 20/08/2021