Personal Compass: Lupe Voss
Lupe Voss

Lupe Voss is an over-achiever…in the best possible way. 

In addition to her main job as the founder and co-owner, along with husband Manuel, of the successful Julian August Salon in Redlands, California and a working colorist, Voss is the reigning online hair color helper. She has an uncanny way of seeing color—not just what’s on the surface, but also the natural remaining pigment. But it’s Voss’ generosity of spirit and her willingness to help anyone with anything that makes her one of the most desirable color educators within the Aveda network. Not only does she serve on the Aveda Global Hair Color Team, she regularly plays a role in the creation of the company’s seasonal collections, and she is responsible for the Hair Color Magic educational program which teaches creative placement and the art of formulation for customized color.

A gifted educator, a world-class colorist and a truly warm and caring individual, Voss epitomizes the spirit of inspirational education.  But what keeps her on track, each and every day? SALON TODAY was determined to find out:

What time is your alarm set for each morning?

Voss: “5:50 a.m.”

What’s for breakfast?

Voss: “Boiled eggs, apple and a cheese stick.”

First task you like to cross off of your list?

Voss: “Social networking replies.”

Which do you check first--email, Facebook, Twitter or voicemail?

Voss: “Email is always first.”

What time do you arrive at the salon?

Voss: “7:30 a.m.”

How much time do you spend there?

Voss: “Each day is different.  I average 10 hours a day.”

What’s for lunch?

Voss: “Salad, protein shake, or something yummy my hubby made me.”

Who do you wish you could have lunch with?

Voss: “The Aveda chemists.”

Daily fitness ritual?

Voss: “Yoga either in classes or stretching at home.”

Biggest daily time suck?

Voss: “Drama.”

What do you do when slacking off is an option?

Voss: “Knit and watch TV.”

When do you get your best ideas?

Voss: “When I am around my peers.”

Tell me something that would surprise me about you.

Voss: “I wanted to be a fighter pilot for the Air Force.”

Cat, dog, or something else? 

Voss: “Dogs for life!!!”

What’s for dinner?

Voss: “Grilled veggies and quinoa.”

Do you cook, and what’s your favorite meal?

Voss: “I do not cook. Manuel does all the cooking. I love Sushi.”

How do you unwind?  

Voss: “I unwind when I work out—yoga and cycle.”

What time do you go to sleep?

Voss: “9-10 p.m. and I am OUT!”

What do you love about your life?

Voss: “I love that I get to share information, I love my team at the salon, I have an amazing husband and three adorable dogs, I have a huge family that are a blast to be around, I am healthy, I have great friends, I love that I get to...everything!!”

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