All it takes is a quick scroll through Anja Burton’s instagram feed to quickly realize just how beach babe inspired her work is. Having worked on Jennifer Aniston, Elisabeth Moss, and Khloe Kardashian, Burton knows a thing or two when it comes to natural, effortless haircolor. We were lucky enough to talk to her about her career and take a few words of wisdom away from it all. See what she had to say below…
How did you get your start in the industry?
I pretty much grew up on the beach and was in the ocean daily. As a result I was inspired to try and recreate the effects that mother nature, sun, and surf have on the hair. From the very beginning I knew I wanted to specialize in hair color. Early on, I could envision exactly what type of hair color I wanted to create.
I was fortunate to get my start with Louis Licari. He’s the king of beautiful natural looking hair color.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
I really try to keep my life balanced. It can get really difficult finding “me time” in this industry. I take time off every three months. Going somewhere exotic and having an adventure gives me a new perspective on everything, when I come back I’m more inspired and ready to get back to work.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
I’d like to acknowledge a few majorly talented women in the industry.
Kristin Ess inspires me constantly. She eats, sleeps, and breathes hair & fashion; AND not to mention has amazing taste.
Mara Roszak is someone I’ve known since the very beginning and it’s been really cool to watch her continuous success all while remaining her sweet & humble self.
Jen Atkin is a power house and I’m so impressed by her well deserved success.
Which hair products are always in your kit?
1. Sheila Stotts Extension Brush. The only brush I’ve ever used that doesn’t pull out your hair. It’s a life changer.
2. Viviscal Professional Supplements. I try to have all of my clients on viviscal. Healthy hair starts from within.
3. Rene Furterer Vinegar Rinse is a necessary once a week at home treatment for healthy and most of all shiny hair.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Stay true to your own vision and aesthetic and don’t worry about what “everybody” else is doing.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? What advice would you give to new stylists?
I’ve been lucky to receive a lot of great advice over the years but the one that sticks out most is “there’s plenty of hair to go around.”
The best piece of advice that I’d give to new stylists is…..”Show up. Work hard. Stay humble. Be grateful.”
What is the next chapter for you?
I have some fun & exciting things in the works but it’s too soon to tell…….stay tuned!
How would you describe your beauty and hair philosophy?
My hair philosophy is “pretty hair never goes out of style.”
I’m always open to trying new techniques. I’m continuously evolving and coming up with new ways of doing things. I still learn new stuff everyday.
Be sure to follow @AnjaBee on Instagram for more #manespiration.