The Faces Behind Luxy Hair: Melissa, Product Development Coordinator

What does a typical day at Luxy look like for you?

Since I’m on the West Coast right now, I wake up around 6:30 am to work in the Toronto time zone. I usually prep a coffee first thing, which I do more because I like the ritual and less because I actually like drinking coffee. At 7 am I check in to see if my manager has assigned any new tasks and I also respond to vendor emails that may have come in overnight. I work on my projects until around 11 am when I take my lunch break. I usually make myself some noodles or heat up some leftovers while I catch up on the latest TV show I’m watching.

Every day is a little bit different. If I have any meetings, they usually happen in the afternoon. The best weeks are when we have new product samples that come in. Being able to touch, feel and test the products is one of my favourite perks of being in product development! I finish up the day by making sure I follow up with vendors on samples that should be in production and set up tasks for the next day.

Describe your WFH outfit.

Currently, it’s a lot of tank tops, sweatshorts, and sweaters. Before I started at Luxy, I bought a handful of business casual items only to find out that my WFH uniform is nothing but comfy basics (that is, on days I have no serious on-camera meetings.)

Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?

I have been obsessed with the cosmetics, beauty, and hair world since I was in high school. I’ve dyed my hair myself for years and have always kept my eye out for the newest products, trends, and innovations in the market. After starting my beauty Instagram page in high school, being a makeup artist in University, and working in Sephora stores I fell in love with how transformative makeup and hair can be. The way beauty products bring such joy and confidence to so many people is unbelievable, I knew this was the industry I wanted to pursue.

Who is your hair inspo and why?

Anyone who takes risks! I love Billie Eilish especially for the green reverse ombre she did. There are also so many influencers I follow, like @YourGirlNeens for example, who change up their hair color constantly from peach to blue to pink and I think it’s such an amazing way to express oneself.

Favourite thing about working at Luxy?

The amazing team, honestly! I have yet to meet anyone in person because of COVID but it’s a pleasure waking up every day knowing I get to interact with such talented and enthusiastic team members. From my onboarding to birthdays to weekly meetings, Luxy makes me feel like a special and valued member of the team.

What is your favourite snack?

Charcuterie boards, if that can be considered a snack! There’s nothing better than bread, cheese, and meats. I love that there is just so much variety and so many different things you can put together based on what you’re craving. My favourites are a sharp cheddar, brie, hot genoa salami and a sourdough baguette.

Share your haircare routine!

I dye my hair once a month with the Joico Color Intensity dyes which are my absolute favourite. In terms of my daily routine, I love the Redken Color Extend line right now and the Pureology Colour Fanatic spray which is a multi-tasking leave-in product that detangles and adds shine to color-treated hair. I am frankly too lazy to heat dry and style my hair so I always opt for a good air dry.

What was the first Luxy product that you tried and your experience?

The first Luxy product I tried was the 20″ Seamless Extensions. My hair has been dyed so many times that I always kept it short because of the damaged ends. The first time I wore my Luxies it was such a transformative experience to finally have the long hair of my dreams! I have coloured hair right now so I had so much fun dying my dirty blonde extensions to match my purple locks.

Which social platform is your favourite and who do you enjoy following the most and why?

As of the past year, I’ve jumped full force on the Tiktok bandwagon. I don’t even follow specific accounts, I just love that the for you page algorithm is so specific that I can scroll for hours and it will always show me content that I like. I can be hooked for hours! My FYP consists mostly of outfits of the day, comedy, fitness tips, and lifestyle videos. My favourite types of TikToks include babies, animals, or any super specific references that are somehow relatable.

What’s your horoscope sign and how would you describe yourself in 3 words?

I’m an Aries and I would describe myself as adventurous, enthusiastic, and ambitious! I don’t know much about Astrology but after looking up Aries traits I would say I definitely align with my sign.

What is your love language?

My love language is 100% quality time, which has been challenging during the pandemic. I love to reach out to friends and family to make sure everyone is doing well and to catch up on any news or fun stories they have to share. Planning a dinner date, a beach picnic, or even a facetime call gives me so much joy as I truly just love my friends’ company.

What’s the last thing that made you smile/giggle?

Teaching my grandma how to use an iPad has made me laugh a lot this past month! Aside from that, babies and toddlers on Tiktok always put a huge smile on my face.