Iles Formula Hair Talk welcomes Lacy Gadegaard West, Owner of Laced Hair Salon in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Read on to see what Lacy has to say about the hair business today.
What, in your opinion, is your professional strength within the hairdressing trade?
Although I love every part of being a stylist, extensions are my strength, which is pretty easy to guess if you know me and what I do. Specifically, within the world of extensions, I feel that my ability to blend hair colors and application methods along with sculpting effectively sets my end product apart by taking it to the next level of the seamless blend.
What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
My absolute favorite part of my job is educating other stylists. We currently teach both live and online trainings, and it’s so fun to interact with stylists across both mediums! I love passing on extension knowledge and giving stylists tools to achieve their full career potential. There’s nothing more rewarding than empowering others.
Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?
I’ve always loved hair, so falling into that career path was honestly pretty easy. I would say that my biggest opposition at the time was the lack of respect associated with being a hairstylist, so it’s been very rewarding to see our community become much more well respected.
If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser what would you have been?
I think I would have ended up being a lawyer!
What is your greatest strength?
I would have to say resilience. I’ve had some pretty crazy cards thrown at me at times, but I always know I’ll be able to get back up and keep going.
Your favorite hairdressing tools?
Definitely my round brush.
Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How you discovered us and which formula is your favorite?
I came across Iles Formula while watching Wendy’s journey as an iconic celebrity stylist. I knew any product she was involved with would be great, and I was right. I’m obsessed with the Haute Performance Conditioner.
What was the most challenging job you ever had?
I was an assistant at the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas, and it was by far the hardest I’ve ever had to push myself for a job. Looking back, I’m still not sure how I did it!
What was your worst hair moment and why….privately or on set/stage or in the salon?
My worst hair moment would have to be the time a client blindsided me with wanting a pixie cut. They’re not my specialty, and I had no idea how to achieve the look she was wanting.
If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?
I’d go back in time and style Brigette Bardot’s hair. She’s the ultimate naturally sexy hair goddess.
Where do you pull hair inspiration from?
I’m obsessed with long hair with natural waves. I love any type of beach-inspired naturally drying looks.
Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?
You can be really successful in this industry – anything is possible! Never stop learning and expanding. Keep your momentum up with education!
Tell us what you think is the biggest challenge in hairdressing after Covid-19 salon closures?
Not being able to be open was horrible, even though we understood the reason. We couldn’t be with our clients, and our entire salon staff was so sad. We missed the face to face interaction so much. We’re very grateful to be safely operating at the moment.