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Atoya has been passionate about her field since she was young and attended beauty school while still in her senior year of high school. Her love of makeup led her to work for industry moguls including Chanel and MAC cosmetics. Spending the majority of her life in Southern California gave her the opportunity to train with some of the most sought after makeup artist in Hollywood, including celebrated makeup artist to the stars, Gregory Arlt (director of artistry for MAC cosmetics) and John Stapleton. Her extensive resume includes work for short films, print adds and CBS studios.
In 2005, she relocated to Portland, Oregon and decided to switch her career focus from makeup to hair. Then, in 2010, she became certified in a technique developed by curly hair guru, Lorraine Massey. From there, she began to see curly clients from all over the Portland metro area. This gave her the ability to start perfecting the art of shaping and hydrating a wide range of curl patterns from slightly wavy to corkscrew spirals.
She continues to educate herself in the art of curl care by attending various training seminars but swears her best education comes from being hands on, behind her chair.
"I learn so much from my clients. What their hair frustrations are, what products they love, how they style their curls....this gives me the drive and passion to keep finding answers and trying new techniques. I think every woman can learn how to embrace and love their curls."