I’ve been a hairstylist since 2001. I first began my career in Moncton, N.B. at Chez Bernard Beauty Academy, where I did my original training.
The biggest reasons that I wanted to be able to be a hairstylist were because I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny as well as be able to help other people feel and look beautiful. I’ve always known that if you feel good, you look good, and vice versa. I had no idea back then what this career choice would do for me and for so many others that I’ve been blessed to be able to work with. There’s no greater joy than having someone hug you with tears in their eyes, telling you that you’ve saved their self-esteem. I didn’t know that would happen, regularly. I didn’t know that this would change my life and show me the beauty in the world through the people whose hair I’m working on. I didn’t know how incredibly fulfilling this career would be on so many levels.
I moved to Toronto in 2004 and started working at a really cool and really different hair salon on Queen street West called Pretty Eclectic. I learned a lot in the three months that I worked there about the world of business and about dreadlocking. After Pretty Eclectic, I moved on to the ever crazy House of Lords on Yonge street for almost 3 years. There, I learned to make everything out of nothing. I learned to hustle, and still be able to make my clients smile. Many of those clients still come to see me to this day! That place was interesting to say the least, and made me very strong.
When it was time to leave House of Lords, I joined forces with Karen Wallington at Knot Just Dreads on Bathurst street. One year later she asked me to become her legal partner and co-owner of Knot Just Dreads. I was overjoyed. I even became a teacher/instructor for Knotty Boy, teaching mad dread skills to eager students from around the world. I was half of Knot Just Dreads for seven years. Recently, Karen and I decided to move in different directions, so…
Now, I welcome you to Dread Love. I’ve poured my heart and soul into this baby, and I’m so happy to be able to provide you with a beautiful, safe, completely private, and judgement-free environment to have your dreadlocks made, maintained and loved. Anyone who’s ever been in my chair knows that I’m always willing to listen to your stories, and I genuinely care about you and your lives, not just your hair. The relationship does not end when you leave my studio. I’m always just an email away for any questions that you may have., whether it be about your maintenance, asking “is this normal?” or just letting me know how awesome everyone thinks your new locks are! I love hearing from you!
Dread Love is beautiful, welcoming and completely attitude free!
I can’t wait to see you!
– Krista Pettipas, Loctician, hairsylist, Dread Maker, Dread Wizard.