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 Emily Hatcher at our Logan Circle salon.
Emily joined the Bang team in March 2017, and whether you’re looking for a quick trim or a totally updated look, she’s ready to work her magic. We caught up with Emily to chat about her style icons, her unexpected advice for anyone nervous about trying a new hair color, and her idea of the perfect day.
How did you know that you wanted to be a hairstylist?
My whole life I have always loved doing hair. I began playing with my sister’s hair when I was 10 or 11, clipping it back and braiding with multicolored barrettes and big claw clips. As I got older, I began doing all of my friends’ hair for homecoming and prom, scheduling times for them to come over to get their hair twisted and pinned into an updo. My friends and family pushed me toward cosmetology school, but I never saw doing hair as a career path for myself. After college, I was unhappy with my job and my life. I decided to pursue my true passion — the beauty industry — and I have never looked back.
Why do you love doing hair?
My clients. I feel so blessed on a daily basis to meet such amazing people and spend time getting to know them. I had always heard not to mix business and friendship, but it’s hard when someone sits in your chair and not only trusts you with their physical appearance but also tells you intimate details about their life. By the time their service ends, I feel like I know them on a different level than a traditional client-service provider relationship.
Describe your personal sense of style. Are you adventurous, or do you stick to the same thing?
I would say that my personal style is classic with a touch of trendy. I’m always up to try something new in the beauty world, but at the end of the day, I like to channel Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Lucille Ball.
What’s your craziest client story?
My craziest client story would probably be when a new client brought in a printed off photo of myself as her inspiration for her service. I felt so uncomfortable addressing the fact that the picture was of me that I didn’t say anything for the whole service. She left with my cut and color.
What would you say to someone who’s on the fence about trying a new look?
My advice for anyone questioning color is strange, but it works! Go to a wig store and try on a couple wigs in the color you’re thinking about. It sounds totally crazy, but it’s the closest way to see if you would like it without the commitment or cost of the actual color service.
How do you spend your free time?
Like almost everyone I know, a lot of my free time consists of hanging out with my fiancé and our cat watching Netflix. But when the weather is nice, I do love to get outside and go hiking. On my weekends, I love to go to trivia night with my friends or to any activities around D.C.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Bali, hands down. The temples, the food, the culture, the monkeys — I’m obsessed with all of it!
Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would have to be April 25th, because it’s not too hot, not too cold — all you need is a light jacket! (For the unfamiliar, that was a reference to the classic Sandra Bullock film Miss Congeniality.) On a serious note, my perfect day would be spending time on the lake with my family and friends.