Hairstylist expands 30 years of professional experience to offer consultant and life coach services
By Barbara Allen, Contributing Writer
Region – Pauline Robertson’s life has been one that is constantly undergoing transformation, as she juggles a multitude of roles, often simultaneously, striving to keep things fresh and fun for clients and herself.
“When it stops being fun, it’s time to change,” Robertson remarked.
Robertson, a stylist and colorist, has worked in the hair industry for over 30 years, and has learned, through training and experience, every aspect of the business. In addition to cutting and coloring hair at high-end salons, she has worked in salon management, as a Brand Manager for a national US distributor, and as an educator for Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Kadus and Brocato. She trained with American Crew, the leading professional men’s grooming brand, to learn their “Method” and distinctive way of cutting men’s hair. Her work has taken her far from her native Worcester: to New York, Chicago, Seattle, Baltimore, Florida and southern California, where Robertson lived for a time.
But eventually, Massachusetts called her home.
“I landed myself back in Worcester at Salon Nina Raffaella,” said Robertson. The Boston-based salon is located at 138 Green St., in the new up and coming Canal District.
Robertson works there Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and at Northborough’s Lashed & Beauty Boutique, 269 Main St., on Fridays.
“I enjoy working in both places,” she adds. “It is nice to be able to have the opportunity to work in two different locations.”
Robertson had worked in Northborough previously; her return to Lashed & Beauty Boutique was welcomed by her loyal clients.
“I still have a handful of clients that I have seen since the very beginning of my career as a hairstylist,” she said. Others throughout New England often travel a distance to avail themselves of Robertson’s expertise as a stylist, and, on occasion, a few clients who fly from California to Boston on business make an appointment to see her.
Robertson’s work as an educator in the hair industry taught her that she loved sharing information with others, helping promote learning and success. Her ancillary role as a Certified Life Coach and her experiences behind the chair are compatible ventures: as a stylist, Robertson builds relationships with her clients, hears their personal stories. Working as a Life Coach improves the communication and listening skills she uses with her clients every day.
She has melded additional roles as radio show host, author, and, most recently, Salon Development Adviser into her existing experience. Each of these distinctive sidelines has enhanced and solidified her business, both behind the stylist’s chair and beyond, and has helped others build and boost their own dreams.
“I work with salon owners and stylists to make them aware of the value they have to offer their clients, and to be very successful in the industry,” concluded Robertson.
Robertson’s 30 minute radio show “Shear Transformation” airs Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on WCRN 830 AM. She can be reached at 949-500-6304.