A Day in the Life of Danille

Danille has been working her mystical alchemy on my hair for over 10 years. She is the best. I visit her religiously — every 6 weeks. I am repeatedly blown away with how she is able to transform my hair into flowing, luscious mermaid locks full of body and brilliant shine. Besides getting a luxurious blowout and rejuvenating scalp massage, I mostly look forward to our gossip and girl time.

Over the years, Danille has taught me about the importance of cherishing small moments, finding inner peace and balance, and that there just might be life after kids. As a successful entrepreneur and devoted mother, she has found a way to continue chasing her dreams and her kids, while looking like a glamorous goddess.

Occupation(s): Hairstylist and mother of two daughters, Jordan and Lennon. — I would call myself a momtrepreneur. I'm not just a hairdresser. Doing hair is not just a job for me; it's a passion. I take immense pride in what I have become, as a hairdresser, as a mom, and as a person.

7:00 a.m. — Press snooze on my alarm.

7:20 a.m. — I’m always up before 7:30. The first thing I do is drink water then coffee, feed my dog, let him out, and quietly (so as not to wake up the kids) wash my face and get ready for my day. I put on my makeup, then hair, then clothes. I do some work from home (answer emails, book appointments, make my to do list), then do a quick diaper change, and grab my smoothie.

My everyday style is easy, comfortable, and black casual. I love timeless clothing. If you catch me on a day that I'm wearing colour, it’s probably a neutral. I also like go-to clothes, so that I don't have to think too much in the morning. I wear lots of black and that’s never changed but after becoming a mom, I realized I don't have a lot of time. I stick to high quality clothes that fit my body well, and that I can mix and match with anything in my closet. Simplicity is key!

8:00 a.m. — I get the kids packed and head into the city. In the car, we sing songs, play I spy, and then we do our kiddie drop-off at grandma’s house. On bad hair days, I grab a hat or put my hair into a messy ponytail. You'll never see me in runners or stilettos. I'm usually in a pointy bootie or shoe of some sort. I have maybe 30 pairs of black shoes that all look similar, and I want more... I feel like jewellery, shoes, and a nice bag can change my look from day to night.

9:30 a.m. — When I can find time for yoga — that is the best feeling! I try to go 2-3 times a week.

10:00 a.m. — Second coffee and work begins.

12:00 p.m. — Work, work, eat lunch, work, work

2:00 p.m. — Check in with my husband at some point here. It is definitely hard and an ongoing struggle to find balance while being a working mother. Thankfully, I have a super supportive husband. He can read me better than I can read myself. He knows when I'm in need of time alone, time to workout, and time to eat or just go to bed.

4:00 p.m. — Have a peppermint tea.

6:00 p.m. — Finishing up with my last client.

7:30 p.m. — Second job starts — get home, bathe kids, eat dinner, tuck kids into bed, read them two books (they both pick), and prepare the girls’ bags for the next day.

10:00 p.m. — More work, book appointments, respond to emails and text messages, get my daily inspiration, shower, and head to bed. I love my nightly shower routine. I like to take that time and think, regroup, and unwind. I do take time for myself, because I'm not a very nice person when I don't. For style inspiration, I read several Blogs, magazines, go on Pinterest, and people watch. One of my favourite bloggers is @sincerelyjules.

* Photo courtesy of Izabela Rachwal Photography

Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

No more kids — that's for sure! I had my kids in my late 20s, and I’m 30 now. I feel like I'm ready to jump right in and work hard. My goal is to focus on building my brand; stay current on fashion, trends, and social media; and keep my clients and family happy.

Someday, I’d like to move from behind the chair. I love to teach and inspire people to do what they love. I might go back to that or open up a small boutique salon. I'm a dreamer and a hard worker, so I really feel like I can do anything.

* Photos courtesy of Izabela Rachwal Photography