Alexandra James is originally from Tempe Arizona. She feels eternally inspired by the desert landscape. From the southwest she moved to Vancouver Island where she studied cosmetology at the Paul da Costa Institute. It was there she developed a solid hair-styling foundation from top artists within the Aveda Network. That education carried over into her current passion for Davines.
Through this initial training that she learned hairstyling can be transformative, “It elevates one’s mood and changes how we move through the world. A good hairstyle has the potential to be more than an aesthetic change, it can be an experience.” She believes that experience begins with a good consultation, “This is where we first connect. Where I listen and figure out who it is sitting in my chair, what their unique qualities are, what they want to enhance or create, and what works for their lifestyle- we devise a plan.”
Alexandra James has been a professional hairstylist for 12 years. She’s worked in Victoria B.C., Tempe Az., and the last 6 years in Portland, Or. In that time, she has evolved her skills by participating in advanced color, cutting, and styling education. She is confident in all areas; whether short or long, bright or soft, up or down, she can create it.
Alexandra is also a visual artist working in various mediums. She holds a BFA from PNCA where she studied painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. She believes this experience informs her hairstyling and vice versa, “hair is another medium to express the language of the self. I think even a simple cut can be artistic and beautiful. It’s all about the intention going into it and the detail. I love the details.”
At Pinn Salon Alexandra has found a great home to exhibit her craft. Visit today and ask about her little three-legged dog Pearla!