At Bang Salon, we know that when it comes to your hair, you’re not going to let just anyone touch it — let alone cut or color it! That’s why we take pride in having Washington, D.C.’s A-Team of stylists who are dedicated to providing top-notch service to our diverse clientele. This month, we’re introducing you to Liz Bumgarner at The Yards salon.
Liz is a fresh face in the Bang family — she’s been with us for just over a month! Although she may be the new kid on the Bang block, she has a ton of industry experience, so you’re definitely in expert hands. While studying computer science in London, Liz got bit by the hair artistry bug, and the rest is history! Read on to learn how she chooses to unwind, which country is at the top of her travel list, and what she would do for her idea of the perfect day.
When did you know that you wanted to be a hairstylist?
I always like to say that I didn’t find hair artistry, but rather it found me. I was in a completely different career path studying for a bachelor’s degree in computer science in London. When I wasn’t able to finish my degree, I wanted to do something to pass the one year I had to wait until I could start a different degree at another university. Since I had been cutting my friend’s hair with clippers (it was the early 2000s in London and mullets were in fashion), I enrolled in a local college and did hairdressing part-time in the evenings. Within the first month of training, I knew I had found my calling. I quit my job as a server and got a job in a salon as an assistant.
So far, what do you enjoy most about working at Bang?
I really enjoy the fast pace, the mix of clientele, and the opportunity to do all kinds of different types of hair on people from all walks of life.
What’s your craziest client story?
I consider myself very blessed. In the 15 years I’ve been in the industry, I haven’t had any outrageous clients.
What would you say to someone who’s unsure about trying a new cut or color?
I would tell them to try something that has little to no commitment or maintenance. In the case of hair color, they can try a gloss or glaze, which fades out gradually without a visible line of demarcation. Or try a balayage that can be freshened up once or twice a year.
Outside the salon, how do you spend your time?
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Number one on my list is Japan! I feel like I should have been born Japanese — I love everything about Japanese culture: the food, history, art, fashion and — of course — the hair.
How would you describe your perfect day?
Waking up early, getting at least an hour of yoga and half an hour of meditation in, then enjoying some delicious vegetarian breakfast to start the day right! After that, it’s a toss-up between spending the day at a flea or vintage market, or biking around D.C.’s monuments and parks and ending the day with a live music concert.