Christy Moseley, the early years

Christy Moseley and her wife Marianne are two of my favorite people and best friends. (Sorry if I spelled your name wrong, Merryaanne’.) And once upon a time, like many of us, Christy was way young and a rockstar. This is how Christy used to rockstar.

The best part about this is all the good parts are still true only better. Christy is still awesome, still beautiful, still compassionate, and still cutting hair for rockstars. Only now she’s married, pregnant, and living in Key West. Plus a whole lot more. If anything, all the experiences between then and now have made Christy one of the most beautiful people we know. She’s even better looking now than she was as the teen rebel pictured below. (You can tell she’s a real gRRRR-rrrirl.) CHRISTY MOSELEY CUTS MY HAIR and we love you, Christy!

PS “Straight talk”? hahahaha

Straight Talk
Christy Moseley

Photos by Erin Hurley

by Melody Williams
Tuesday March 18, 2003

Christy Moseley, previously apprentice instructor and mentor at Nesbit The Complete Body Salon in Richmond, recently was promoted to educational director.

Title: Educational director
Organization: Nesbit The Complete Body Salon
Previous position: Apprentice instructor and mentor at Nesbit
Education: Bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997; received Virginia Cosmetology license from Richmond Technical Center, 1991; received instructor’s license from Central Virginia College of Cosmetology, 2000
Career turning point: “When I started working at Nesbit.”

“The position for me solidifies what I’m doing at Nesbit. At Nesbit I’ve always been the type of person that just couldn’t be a stylist behind the chair. I’ve always been a go-getter, one to jump on board. So it makes me feel like I have direction.

“I’ve been in the industry for 12 years. The summer before college, before I started the AFO program, I worked as a shampoo assistant at a salon in Chesterfield. I liked it and went through an apprenticeship myself. So I learned to do hair the first year of college. It was great to earn extra money, but I found that when I was done [with the art degree], I still wanted to do hair. So I started full time at the salon I was in.

“What I found through my personal experience was that there wasn’t anybody checking behind to see if the apprentices were cutting hair correctly. Salons weren’t regulated through the state. With this new position I teach other stylists how to teach apprentices. I’m also the network educator for Bumble and Bumble at our salon. They offer a lot of workshops. I’ve traveled to Connecticut, San Francisco, D.C. and New York, all for education for Nesbit. I’ve fine-tuned all the questions that I had about hair, about color. Being an educator, I grew so much from that. Three of those trips were actually with a salon consultant firm called Strategies. They help to encourage a more team-based environment within hair salons. To help encourage that environment there has to be skill sets in place. I help write these skill sets. These help ensure that clients receive the highest quality of service and that everyone knows how to execute procedures.

“Also within this title I’m a salon team leader, which means I run team meetings for stylists. Within my meetings we exchange new ideas, brainstorm new fashion, hair. It all works together. I thank the owners Nesbit, Michael and the manager, Kathleen for our team-based environment.

“Because the owners are in tune to education, we’re overly trained almost. We’re busting out of our seams to learn what is new, and we stay up-to-date. I help make sure our salon doesn’t fall through the cracks. It’s also a pleasure for me to see people grow.

“I’m learning to be a leader right now and I’m learning how to really educate. Anybody can educate, but not everyone can inspire. What I do affects what they [students] do. Continuing to become more of a leader and to grow within that is a goal. I never want to get off the floor completely, because I don’t want to loose that creative aspect of my job.

“[Advice for someone entering the industry] would be to be aggressive about your education, embrace it and take it seriously. Seek out as much education as possible. For anything that you do in your life, just make sure you’re happy and you enjoy what you’re doing.”