Tricia started her journey into hair in 1999, right after she got home from a year of travelling and playing the trombone with Up With People, which is a multi-cultural performing arts leadership program. While traveling, the cast members had very little money, and had no time to find someone to cut their hair, so Tricia offered her services and realized she had a knack for it. Thinking this could be a long-term option for her, she attended Haywood Community College. Tricia graduated and got her license in 2001 and started her career with the dreams of continuing to help people like she did when she was traveling.
Tricia married her love, Paul, in 2002 and they welcomed Adrian in 2004, Logan in 2009, and then Eric in 2015 thus completing their family! In 2005, Tricia branched out on her own and started working for herself and she absolutely loved it!
Always a lover of music, Tricia joined the Asheville Lyric Opera as a professional Chorus member in 2006. During the production of Madame Butterfly, Tricia jumped in to help with some of the wig duties because the make-up artists were swamped. The following season, she was offered a position as the Hair Designer and, of course, she said yes! In the fall of 2009, she was promoted to the Hair and Make-up Designer and was an integral part in the creative process for each production until 2015, when she decided to step away to focus on her business.
Speaking of business! Never one to sit still, Tricia decided she needed to learn more about the business side of things and took a class at Mountain Biz Works in June of 2010. It turned into an 8 week business plan course and about halfway through, she realized she was confident she could open a salon. Almost a year to the day, Asheville Hair Design was open!