We recently connected with Sydney Walsh and have shared our conversation below.
Sydney, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Learning the craft is often a unique journey from every creative – we’d love to hear about your journey and if knowing what you know now, you would have done anything differently to speed up the learning process.
My journey in the hair industry began in 2009, the summer after high school graduation. I’ve always been so fascinated with beauty… how a eyeliner can change the shape of an eye, and how a haircut can make someone feel like a completely new person. The confidence that comes with a little makeover, and being able to be an essential part in that journey for someone is super rewarding.
I learned the basics and foundational rules of hair in cosmetology school, but I probably truly learned hair styling once I started assisting seasoned hairstylists. Watching how different stylists do the same haircut, but in their own personalized style, was eye-opening. Learning the rules, then learning how to break them to create something is kind of magical.
I’ve always considered myself to be creative. most of my problem solving comes with some sort of artistic solution. I think to do what i do, you need to have that natural creativity within yourself. My job is so visual… you almost need to see the shapes and the colors in your mind before you even put your hands to the canvas. I really believe natural creativity is the essential skill.
Sydney, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
My name is Sydney, and I am a native to Phoenix. I think my love for beauty started out at a really young age. I really loved the feeling I got from making something that I pictured in my mind come to life.
As of today, I have been actively doing hair 11 years! The salon where my mom used to get her hair done was home base for me after I got licensed. I assisted there for about two-ish years, before I started to pull in regular clientele. From there, I spent five years at The Drybar, where I really honed my styling skills.
I continued to grow my skills with color and cutting as a freelance stylist. After a few years of that, I really missed being in a salon that gave me that “team” environment. So, I worked my way to a downtown salon where I worked with a great group of stylist. I made great friends and gained great clients. When my co-worker Laura decided to open her own salon in Uptown Phoenix, I basically begged to come work for her.
That brings me to where I am now! I am a proud team member of the “True Few Crew” at True Few Hair Salon.
So, for me, I really love blonding. There is something so satisfying about completing a blonde look.
I really love the “lived-in, sun-kissed” blondes. At the end of the appointment, I want there to be a little confusion whether you got your hair colored, or if it grew out of your head that color. Seamless color is Chef’s-kiss to my eyes.
I’m really proud of my color formulations. Customizing tones and shades for each of my clients is probably where I have the most fun. Sometimes it feels a little “mad scientist”behind the scenes, but I’ve been blessed with amazing clients who have given me their trust.
If anything sets me apart, I would hope that it would be my sincerity. I want everyone who sits in my chair to feel like they’re hanging with a friend.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
For me, I think it’s just sending a little more happiness into someone’s life. The world is so crazy, and I may not be curing cancer or solving world hunger, but I am making people smile and feel good about themselves. Sometimes that’s all it takes to change someone’s life.
: Is there a particular goal or mission driving your creative journey?
It may be cliche, but the ultimate goal is to be happy. My job makes me happy, and I’m lucky enough to support myself and my family with what I do.
- Website: https://www.true-few.com/
- Instagram: @sydstylesphx