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Educator Spotlight: Roberta Rae Dudzik

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This month, the spotlight is on Simply Organic Beauty Educator Roberta Rae Dudzik. Being part of the hairdressing industry for more than 30 years, Roberta went from a chair renter to a full-fledged salon owner with her passion as her fuel. She now owns Relax Organic Salon, a holistic hair salon in Washington, Pennsylvania. Today, she shares with us the inspiring lessons she’s learned throughout her career.

Read her interview below!

Who inspires you in creating new looks?

I feel my fellow stylists inspire me most in creating new looks.  We are never too experienced to learn something from everyone we interact with every day. I always keep an open mind and heart to welcome in all that is new around me. Even after 34 years in the business, I’m still always enthusiastic about going to work and creating beauty in people’s lives. I genuinely love what I do. It’s never work to me, it’s my passion.

Tell us a little about your salon and what makes it unique.

My salon was created by divine inspiration during a meditation. I traveled a path of spiritual development of self. During this one weekend I was blessed with the information that I was to combine that of which I knew, hair, with that of which I was learning, self-transformation. I had the thought, “How can one create a place of self-transformation alongside hair salon services?” The seed was planted and in the next four years I created Relax Organic Salon, a different experience.

From the moment you walk in the door you are encompassed by a warm welcoming energy that fills the space as well as your soul. Our guests immediately feel welcomed and comfortable even before a service is done. I’ve set my intention that everyone who enters Relax Organic Salon has an experience of transformation, not only on the outside but also on the inside. It’s always wonderful to see and feel the changes taking place each day. I feel blessed for being able to share my salon with all who cross our path.

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What is one of your most significant accomplishments as a salon professional?

The first most significant accomplishment for me was when I was 24 and was told by my peers about a contest I entered in our salon that my model was ugly and I would never win. I didn’t listen and did it anyway. My model was chosen and I was offered to do a photo shoot. The model and work were published in the international magazine Passion. I then became one of the International design team members for the salon I worked for at the time.  All because I chose to believe in myself and my work. That was a huge turning point for me. So many of us choose to listen to the opinions of others when the only one we should listen to is ourselves.

If you could pick any one person to sit in your chair, who would it be and why?

If I could pick anyone to sit in my chair it would be my mom. My mother passed away of cancer 20 years ago. I know she would have loved the path of life I traveled and would be so proud of my accomplishments, especially my salon. She loved getting her hair done and anytime I needed a model for a class or workshop I could depend on her stepping up to the plate. So there you have it, no fancy celebrities … just good ol’ mom! 😊

What do you love most about educating other salon professionals for Simply Organic Beauty?

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I love educating other salon professionals about Simply Organic Beauty because it offers a new way of being. The company stands behind the products and their performance 100%. Other salon professionals need to be aware of the cleaner options and the toxicity of our salon as a whole so that they can make the change. Many beauty professionals have no clue what their occupation is doing to their health or the health of their client and the environment. I’m here to change salons for the better. One person, one salon, one community at a time.

What is your next step in life as a stylist?

My next step as a salon professional is to open more salons with the holistic approach to the salon experience. I also want to be the number one educator in the US for the head spa salons and experience.

How do you unwind after a long day in the salon?

I unwind after a long day at work with gratitude in my heart that I am busy enough to call it a long day and then I humbly shut off the lights and lock my doors. My home is very close to the salon. When I get home, I change in to my pajamas and usually retreat to bed and read. Yeah, real exciting I know. I’ve been doing this too long to go out and have drinks after a long day. If it’s an early day and I’m home before eight, I will eat dinner, maybe watch TV or just relax. I have created a space in my salon that is very conducive to relaxing, even for the stylist. So if I’ve truly had a long day it would be because a client wasn’t happy and that does not happen very often! I am truly blessed to have an amazing group of stylists that work for our Salon. I love what I do and have created a salon that is a home away from home.

Do you have a favorite formula and what it might be?

I do not have a favorite formula. I feel as though every guest is different, so every formula is different. I try not to use the same formula on different guests. I create the formulas to personalize it for each individual. That’s what makes us artists, right? We never create a masterpiece that is the same. People are not prints we duplicate, they are each a canvas of beauty we have the opportunity to create upon. I feel as artists if we can remember this, our guest will never get bored with us because the canvas will evolve as the relationship with us evolves through the years. Be an artist not a copy of one.

What is your favorite styling product or cocktail?

I love all of the products by OWAY. I enjoy mixing different products together each time so my guest doesn’t get bored. I have the opportunity to see what each product cocktail can do every time I style a client.  My favorites to use on everyone are Thermal Stress Protector for the hold level of four and protection from the hot tools, and the Glossy Nectar for the shine and fact it cuts the drying time down to half.  There are so many combinations of product mixture I use daily and I’m still always experimenting with each guest, every time they come in the salon.

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How do you create your best work?

I create my best work by being grounded and centered daily, making sure I am well rested and nourished and most of all knowing and being grateful that I have the opportunity to be an artist every day loving what I do and that my clients trust me to create a look that is just for them. I am blessed to do what I love and live my passion so I always try and create my best work with everyone.

Check out her amazing works with Oway below!

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Educator Spotlight: Vanessa Love

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A Skin Care Specialist, Hair Stylist, Reiki Master, and Medical Qigong Practitioner. This month’s Educator Spotlight is on Vanessa Love, a multi-hyphenate artist from Fort Lauderdale, Florida that truly embodies the holistic practice.

Being part of the beauty and wellness industry for more than 13 years, Vanessa is looking forward to sharing her expertise and help as many people as she can on their own path to success.

Read Vanessa’s interview below!

What are some of your inspiring or motivating words for new holistic stylists?

There are two important things that got me where I am today: Always Follow Your Intuition; and Never Stop Learning! Throughout your career, you will be shown all different things that glitter – from products, to techniques, to job offers. But all that glitters is not gold. Stay 100% true to yourself and what you believe in, keep the things you choose to hold in that circle you believe in. If holistic is your goal, weed out the rest! If what you seek does not exist, really think about creating it yourself. Anything is possible! That’s where continuing education comes in. Learn everything you can about what you are most passionate about. Follow your joy and you will never “work” a day in your life.

How long have you been in the industry and why did you decide to become a skin care specialist and hair stylist?

2017 is my 13th year in the industry. I always loved doing hair, even when I was a kid. One of my first memories with it was when I talked my little 6-year old sister into letting me cut her hair in the front yard when my mother was at work. Yes, I used the orange handled kitchen scissors from the “junk drawer” and I was about 10 years old! My mom said it actually looked good, but don’t ever do it again. I also was the one doing all my friends hair for school dances. I always had a passion for it and it came very naturally to me. Skin care came with my own skin issues. I wanted to find a way to deal with it without having to resort to medication and chemical-laden products that seemed to do more harm than good.

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What is the latest skin care technology, procedure, or technique that excites you?

I happen to be a very different kind of Esthetician and Stylist. Through following my dreams, literally, I am also a Reiki Master Teacher and Medical Qigong Practitioner. I love adding energy work into my treatments to receive a better understanding of the possible root cause to chronic skin conditions and anything else my client may be having an issue with. To me this practice is like being able to see under the surface to better advise on home and self-care to help my clients/friends feel their best.

What is your most significant accomplishment as a beauty professional?

Educating, absolutely. This will be my 10th year as an educator to Estheticians, Massage Therapists, Stylists, and spa/salon staff. I love sharing the knowledge I have been so fortunate to collect over the years with anyone interested in learning. In turn, I have learned so much and I can’t put into words how much I love what I do. Perhaps my favorite story from these years is being given the opportunity by Tamara Wills at Allyu Spa in Chicago to teach Reiki to the staff there. I was very excited to receive my Reiki Master Teacher certificate in 2010 and at the time I was an esthetician at Allyu. Energy work, in my mind fit perfectly with her business model of being a holistic spa, so I asked her if we could add it to the menu. She saw my enthusiasm and looked at me adoringly and to my surprise said, oh no sweetheart, we can’t add it to the menu, you’re the only one who does it! I thought for a moment and then said, I’m getting my teachers certificate soon, after that can I teach everyone and then we can put it on the menu? She said, you do that, and if they want to learn, you can go ahead and teach! So I finished my studies for my teachers certificate, went back, and set up multiple classes and by the end of it all I had taught Reiki to at least 30 therapists at the spa. We added it to the menu and it’s now one of their most popular services!

What is your favorite client story?

oway-radiance-face-balm-kitThere really are so many that it’s really hard to narrow it down. So many people have trusted me with their skin and even their energy, it’s such an honor to be able to touch people in such a close way. One that stands out though is working with a young man who had really bad acne. He really had no idea of how to care for his skin and was making all the classic mistakes without knowing any better. It was so awesome to see his self-esteem go way up after changing literally two things he was doing. We changed to a different cleanser and started to use a hydrating product. That’s it! The way his skin transformed over a few weeks was amazing! He was a believer from them on, and was open to other treatments and home care to further his results.

How do you want people to remember you?

As someone who never stops growing and evolving while always available to educate, advise and otherwise assist colleagues and clients along on their own path.

Considering you are a multi-faceted cosmetologist, why did you decide to specialize in holistic skin care?

There are a few reasons why I chose skincare. One of them was wanting to gain an understanding of my own skin issues and learn how I could help others with their issues. Having an issue with your skin, and having that issue be right on your face can be extremely traumatizing and actually cause that person to want to hold back in certain ways in their life. Being able to educate people on how to care for themselves is something that I am extremely passionate about, as well as seeing just a few changes and how that can help someone feel like they no longer need to hold back. Also, having started out as a Cosmetologist and Stylist, I really didn’t like all the chemicals associated with that line of work, and there was a holistic path opening up with skincare right at that time.

What is your favorite Simply Organic brand and product?

I’m loving the Oway skincare so much! I love working with healthy oils, essential oils and botanicals. I love the Regenerating Booster. Serums have always been a favorite of mine since they are so packed full of amazing active ingredients. This serum actually works to repair and keep the skin healthy and strong! As you get to know me you will see I’m all about “filling your cup”, getting you what you need to get your skin to the healthy level it needs to be and going from there. This is one of those products that is a game changer and a beautiful first step to changing your skin.

Share a short term and long term goal with us…

Short term: I am really looking forward to learning all I can about the lines and sharing through different forms of education. I feel like there is so much room for creativity and this company seems very open to hearing ideas and working with someone’s individual potential. Long term: I would like to be a part of changing this entire industry for the better.

How has your career created value in your life?

My career has brought so many amazing people into my life. People I feel I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to connect with otherwise. The diversity among our profession is so beautiful, I am so very grateful to be a part of it. I feel inspired by so many of the artists I’ve met, whether they are a hairstylist, esthetician or massage therapist, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to inspire others as well. My career is my life. I’m happy that I get to do what I love every single day.

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