I am Rolanda Anderson. I bring a clean, luxury beauty service to women who don’t want to compromise. That is my official title, when people ask me what I do. In reality I am 37-year-old women, who loves helping women look and feel their absolute best. My whole life I was a little obsessed with beauty. I read every fashion magazine, played dress up in my mom’s high heels, and had a large collection of barbies who always had their hair and outfits on point!
In my hometown just one high school offered cosmetology. To my mom’s dismay it was not the high school that was a 10-minute walk from where I lived, nope! In true Rolanda fashion it was the high school on the other side of town that had no bus service to where I lived, so I would either have to take the public bus or have my mom drive me every day. I managed to convince her to drive me. That is where my hairstyling career started in 1998 at LCI in Lethbridge, Alberta.
I have been a professional hairstylist for 15 going on 16 years. I absolutely love what I do. What I fell in love with most is hair colour. I spent much of my career perfecting my skills and knowledge to be recognized as a hair colour specialist. At the peak of my career I was doing anywhere from 15-20 colours in a day - yes, burn out was a very real reality.
What I didn’t realize was that being exposed to this level of hair colour was causing my health to deteriorate. Starting with contact allergy with hair lightener touching my skin that would instantly break out in hives, to chronic migraines, and debilitating PMS these are all things that I had not ever experienced previously in my life. I just told myself these must all be symptoms of hitting mid 30’s.
I made an appointment with my doctor to try and find an answer. Unfortunately, the answer was taking various prescription dugs that had the main side effect of... you’ll never guess... weight gain. No thank you!
I struggled for a bit more time until I finally decided to research a more natural approach to treating my symptoms. I began googling naturopathic doctors in Calgary that specialised in women’s health and found Dr. Morgenstern. I looked at her website and I instantly new she was going to be a perfect fit, so I booked my first appointment. During this appointment we discussed what my symptoms were. We then decided on a plan of action. The main part of the process was to eliminate as many chemicals from my daily life. (Insert shocked face)
I stopped and I said, “I’m a hairstylist, I do a minimum 15-20 colours a day. I’m elbow deep in chemicals at all times!”
Dr. Morgenstern, then suggested that I research a more organic approach to my job.
Behold the journey to Salon True, a hair salon that is a creating a clean, luxury beauty service for women who don’t want to compromise.
I created Salon True to offer our guests the best salon service with exceptional results all while using products that perform to a standard of excellence without compromising your health. A salon where myself and my salon team can continue our passion of helping our guests look and feel amazing in a nontoxic work environment.
If you are someone who suffers from an itchy scalp, eczema, auto immune, sensitivity to artificial fragrance, or your just someone looking for a cleaner approach to your hair services, then Salon True is the place for you!