Today we’d like to introduce you to Lexington Martinez.
Hi Lexington, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Honestly, hair was the last career I wanted to get into. I’ve always since I was a young boy, wanted to be a fashion model and stylist. I use to study models and how they walked the runway when I was little. When I was 23, I barely was making money at the time and needed to figure out my situation. My very close friend at the time Samantha was enrolled at The Salon Professional Academy in Melbourne, FL.
I had just lost my job at the time and needed to find a career path. Fashion was just hard to get into if you didn’t have the right connections. I decided to get all dressed up and check out my option at TSPA. Randomly the owner of the school Kristen Kohl happened to be there and noticed my flashy style. She asked what I was doing there and I said checking out the vibe to see if I want to start classes for hair. She took me into the office and looked at me and said “I’m going to make you the best hairstylist I can.” She enrolled me to start school the following month which was February 11th. I had a love hate relationship with hair school. Some days I wanted to be the best I can so I can finally start making real money. Other days I wanted to quit and start a new career path. All the educators saw something special in me. They all knew I had what it was going to take to be the best and make a name for myself in the hair world. My grandmother basically raised me my entire life so she supported me through hair school. She gave me the opportunity to focus and get it done.
After hair school, I started working for Kristen kohl’s salon called imperial salon and spa. Usually right out of school, a new stylist assists for two years. I ended up getting my own chair from the start. No one there was happy about that. I started my Hairgram and came up with the name HAIRSNATCHED (follow me). I worked for imperial salon for almost three years. The day of the pulse massacre, I made a decision to move to Orlando and work for the salon I wanted to work for in hair school. I was originally on my way to pulse that night but a few friends canceled on me last minute so I turned around and drove back to Melbourne. That made me realize life is really short and can end at any moment. I started working for therapy salon for a few months, then they closed and we merged with Trend Studios the original salon I wanted to work for. My goal was to be one of the top stylists at trend and make myself known.
Four years there, I accomplished my goal and became one of their top stylists. The salon itself was very catty and filled with drama and bad energy. I waited for a spot to open with Atielier salon. Been with this salon for two years now. Was able to finish my five year plan. Ended up in a dope high rise studio apartment living my best life. I have influencers and CEOs wives of well-known companies. My clientele is mostly high-end but of all ranges. But goals are never ending. I’m about to embark on a new adventure with A CoLab salon. I was the first stylist to jump on board and became a booth renter starting March 1st. This journey in hair has been a blessing. My goal in life is to make my grandmother proud of how she raised me. I know she watches me down from heaven.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s never a smooth road in this industry. Hairstylists for the most part are petty, rude, jealous, and know it all’s. But you meet those few who change that outlook. I’ve worked so hard to get to my goal. I’ve given up then got back into my inspiration and artistic craft. People will talk about my work and say it’s trash or nitpick. But at the end of the day, this is my art and how I see hair.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
So basically I’m a colorist. I specialize in Balayage, air touch balayage, and extensions. Balayage is Pronounced BAH-LEE-AHGE, balayage is actually a French word meaning ‘sweeping,’ as in to sweep on a hair lightener to create highlights. I’m known for my airtouch balayage technique. I’m one of a few in Orlando who do it and do it well. I’m most proud of not giving up on my career and defeating the odds and making a name for myself HAIRSNATCHED will forever be a name in the hair world. What’s sets me apart from others, I think is my energy and vibe. I’m so down to earth. I’ve experienced a lot in life and know everyone has a struggle. Staying humble is the best thing one can do.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My number one person would have to be my grandmother. But my best friend Leigha Arguello pushed me through hair school and helped financial pay for and get me through it. Kristen kohl and Christeenia Cole from tspa and imperial salon. All the educators at tspa. Coworkers from trend studios. Tony Robles and my Ateiler family for pushing me harder each day to be the best artist I can be. Jessica Rowe and angel Cordona from A CoLab for asking me to join the team and getting me excited for my career again.
- Balayage ranges around 300-400
- Extensions range from 875-1300
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/hairsnatched/