We had the good fortune of connecting with Joanna Dittman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joanna, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I think what most people don’t understand as a hair stylist is we don’t get a salary, paid time off, sick leave or insurance. Most of all that comes from us out of pocket. We don’t make money if we don’t work; plain and simple. It’s difficult when you we faced with a sick child and you must then cancel a whole book of clientele and income. It’s never convenient but as a hairstylist you adapt and create plans in advance for this. We always know that means sometimes we are going to come in on days off and stay later to accommodate a missed day.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started doing hair about 15 years ago and I thought I wanted to be an editorial artist. Working with celebrities and magazine editors for perfect modeling shots. However I found that the more my life became domestic, the happier I was doing people’s hair that were just like me. I love being with everyday people. They are far more fascinating and intriguing than any celebrity you could think of. Doing hair for someone’s bahmitzvah, wedding day or even helping be a listening outlet for moms going through post partum is more rewarding. Being someone’s bright spot of their day is something that gets overlooked in this industry. We are sometimes the people who find out about a divorce first, a pregnancy or job promotion. It’s an honor when someone trusts you like that. So because of that trust, I feel like it’s my job to be the best and constantly invest in my education. I love learning and every time there is something new, I owe it to my clients to learn it and ace it to give them the best service.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Arizona is amazing! I work in Cave Creek and a few of my favorite things aren’t far or actually are in the town. Just shopping and bar hopping from Harolds, Buffalo Chip and El Encanto for the patio! I’d rent a RAZR from AZ extreme and troll down Carefree and near the Verde river. Then have drinks and enjoy the view at Mountain View Pub. My favorite day trip recently is to kayak Watson Lake in Prescott and then head into Jerome to the Haunted Hamburger.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out my amazing clientele. Throughout my career and especially this pandemic, just the sheer number of phone calls, messages and kindness they gave me really established itself as my rock. Knowing that people thought of me as more than just someone who did their hair was incredibly humbling and gave me a lot of hope and inspiration!

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