Meet Our Pro Ambassador, Taylor Dellatorre
Hi, my name is Taylor Dellatorre, my friends call me Tay! I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Massachusetts. I married my highschool sweetheart when I was 23, I love taking my dogs on walks and being outdoors, and I am obsessed with pickles! I have been a stylist for 5 years and I specialize in Blonding and Foilyage.
Q & A With Taylor
Get to know Taylor as she shares her journey of becoming a licensed hairstylist, her rise on social media, and her tips for success.
Q: What inspired you to become a hairstylist?
A: I come from a family of beauty professionals, I was in the salon from the time I was a baby until now. I always knew I had a calling for the cosmetology field and I fell in love with doing hair.
Q: Tell us about your time at cosmetology school and what struggles you have overcome?
A: I went two times. First in 2014, I dropped out in 2015 because I let my anxiety get in the way of my dreams and I let the opinions of other people dictate my life. I took a couple years off from school, worked on myself, and decided I was done letting anxiety control my life. I went back in 2017, graduated in 2018 and haven’t looked back since!
Q: What advice do you have for current cosmetologist students?
A: Don’t give up! Everything is scary in the beginning until you master it. Give yourself a chance and allow yourself to grow and find your confidence. Always remind yourself why you started whenever you’re feeling doubtful.
Q: Do you think continuing your education is important?
A: Education is so important especially in the hair industry when the trends are constantly changing. l take a minimum of five classes a year and I actually teach classes as well. I hope to teach classes all over the USA in the future. I believe when you stop learning you stop growing. The key to success is education.
Q: What salon do you work at?
A: I work at Sage Salon in Franklin, MA. I love that my salon feels like my second home.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about being a stylist?
A: Making people feel beautiful. There’s something special about being able to do what I love while changing lives at the same time. Being a hairstylist is more than just doing hair, it’s about helping women find confidence inside and out.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
A: Owning my own salon.
Q: Who is someone you admire, and why?
A: My Aunt Jill who owns the salon I work at. She's a successful business woman who I’ve looked up to my whole life, she is the most caring and selfless person I know. When she has a vision she always makes it come to life. She’s the most incredible boss and such an inspiration in the beauty industry.
Q: What impact do you want to make in this industry?
A: I hope to inspire people to chase after their dreams and never give up regardless of who believes in them. If I can change even one person’s life, I’ve had a successful career.
Q: Which social media platform has been the most impactful for you?
A: Instagram has been the most impactful, but TikTok is a close second!
Q: How has social media played a role in your professional career?
A: It’s played a huge role in my career. I feel like I really started to get noticed once I took social media seriously and started posting consistently. Because of my social media presence I now get to work with brands and meet so many amazing people in the industry!
Q: What advice do you have for a stylist starting out on social media trying to get their name out there?
A: My biggest advice would be to post EVERYTHING! I was always so worried about what people were going to think of my work, and what they could judge me for. But I realize that I was the one putting myself out there and that’s more than a lot of people could say. It only takes one video to blow up and change your life.
Q: What is a cause you are passionate about?
A: I am passionate about talking about mental health and breaking the stigma. I feel like we live in a world where everyone pretends to be “perfect” and I like to let people know from my struggles, they aren’t alone. I try to be as real and raw as possible on the subject because I believe it can save lives.
Q: What is one last piece of advice you want to leave your fellow stylists and people you inspire with?
A: Don’t let other people's opinions dictate your future. Believe in yourself and allow yourself to reach your full potential. If you have a dream, don’t stop until you reach it. Being successful doesn’t happen overnight and you have to work hard every day, put in those extra hours, and have faith in yourself that you are capable of anything you put your mind to. Kind of cliché, but I’ve always told myself if my dreams don’t scare me they’re not big enough. If you’re comfortable, you’re not growing so always push yourself out of your comfort zone.
See some of Taylor's amazing hair works!