Women of Charlottesville

Highlighting the unique and diverse amazing women of Charlottesville, VA.

Lori Howard

Meet spunky, adorable Lori! She pretty much kept me laughing with her wit and her wry sense of humor for most of the interview. She is amazingly talented with hair color, a wonderful mom to her two kids, and is adored by many in Charlottesville! Enjoy her interview!

us: So Lori, tell us a little bit about yourself…

her: Ok! I’m from Fairfax, but I lived in Athens, Georgia for my entire adult life before– Charlottesville. So, Charlottesville is kind of back home, but, it’s not where I’m from, originally. I do hair, and I have two kids, and three cats. My husband, Bob, stays home with our kids.

us: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

her: I have the same thing single day. Bob makes five eggs that we split between the two of us. So it’s like two and a half scrambled eggs–sometimes with ham or spinach or cheese–most of the time just plain. And a piece of toast, sometimes it’s got avocado on it; sometimes just butter. It’s pretty much the same everyday.

us: Does pineapple belong on pizza?

her: I wouldn’t say it belongs, but I’m fine with it. I’ll eat it. But, it’s not like, pineapple’s true place is on pizza.

us: Do you sleep in your socks?

her: I fall asleep with socks on and then kick them off sometime during the night. In the winter when my feet are freezing, I can’t fall asleep, without specific, fuzzy socks. Not the socks I’m wearing right now. These come off and other fuzzy ones come on–for who knows how long. I never wake up with socks on, but I definitely need them to go to sleep.

us: What’s your go-to midnight snack?

her: Ice cream.

us: Mountains or beach?

her: That’s easy–mountains!

Lori’s adorable little girl snuck in a few of the photos! Such a sweet moment!

us: Current favorite song?

her: That’s a sad question, because it would be like if this just a few weeks ago (we did this interview around Christmas), I would have said “Blues Traveler Christmas Song”, but since it’s today, I listen to My Chemical Romance “Black parade” this time of year. So, any song from that album.

us: Salty or sweet?

her: Sweet, but both . . . but sweet. My best friend and I have a vicious cycle we get into when we’re together. We’ll eat something salty–and then I’ll need something sweet to top that off. And then she’ll need something salty to top that off. It’s a disaster of gluttony and calories. Luckily she lives in the DC area, or else it’d be really bad.

us: Pet peeve?

her: I’m really impatient. So, that’s on me, but, things taking longer than necessary is the general pet peeve–people walking too slow, talking too slow, things taking too long (some of it is on me). I could be more patient, but we could all move faster too!

us: Room entrance song?

her: “99 Red Balloons” by Goldfinger

us: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?

her: When I travel, I like it to be a vacation. I’ve never been into traveling just to see another part of the world. So my favorite place I’ve traveled is Vegas, because it’s an experience. I really like to be entertained when I travel and with Las Vegas–the whole place is set up for me to have a great time and be entertained!

us: What’s your favorite room in your house?

her: I think it’s this room (her living room.) The TV’s really good. The couch is good. If my bed were in here, that would be great! It’s just really comfortable and cozy.

Lori in action!

us: Who has been the most influential woman in your life?

her: I do educating for Davines, which is a color line and hair brand, and one of the women from where I train, Vicki O’Connor, has really impacted me. She’s great! She always says things like, “You know it; you can do it!” She’s really good at not just encouraging me, but also reminding me I am capable.

Lori mixing some color at Moxie Hair Lounge.

us: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

her: Probably, the day-to-day of running a household–making enough money to support a family and own a house. I mean, it’s not like accomplishment that I can check off my list as done; it’s ongoing. But, it’s just the day to day. We don’t have debt. Every Sunday paying bills is my activity and it’s one of my favorite things to do because everything’s good.

us: If you could give your younger self a single piece of advice, what would it be?

her: I would learn to be neater and tidier. It’s worth the effort to learn to be tidy and neat–especially if it doesn’t come naturally to you. But. . .the real answer is eat more while you’re young! I’ve said this a lot–it’s a regret that I didn’t eat more when I was younger. Don’t get me wrong, I ate plenty–But I could have eaten so much more! And it would have been fine!

us: Can you tell us about a challenge that you’ve overcome?

her: Keeping track of money. I was a bartender for a long time–which is mostly cash and then it’s gone. Having a real firm idea of where my money goes and where it needs to go. That’s a challenge I’ve overcome. And, then also, asking questions, asking for favors and asking for help. That used to be really hard for me, but, I’ve learned that if you just ask nicely, people tend to give you what you want and help you out.

us: Where do you find your inspiration?

her: Other people. I’m always impressed with other people. I try to surround myself with people who are better than me and smarter than me. I’m always impressed with people’s things that they do–whether it’s how nice they are, or how good they are at doing hair, or the doctors and nurses, who take care of bloody things . . .

us: Any embarrassing/funny nicknames we should know about?

her: My best friend’s dad always calls me Lorighlou. It’s not super embarrassing–but it’s fun and whimsical– and it’s especially funny coming from him because he’s a big, stoic man with a deep voice–so it sounds funny when he calls me that.

us: Any hidden talents we should know about?

her: People would say that I bake really well, but that’s not really a talent; it’s just something I like to do. I’m really good at puzzles and putting together furniture–the more complicated, the better.

us: What are you most thankful for?

her: Obviously I’m thankful for my family. Also,modern conveniences–the first world stuff that we often take granted–plumbing, clean water, air conditioning–especially air conditioning in the summer!

us: What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?

her: I like how much diversity there is here–not just different skin colors, but also, where everyone comes from. Even the people who are the “haves” have it from different sources–there’s new money; there’s old money; there’s academics; there’s outlying county people and city people. There’s lots of different success from a lot of different places. Also, Charlottesville seems to be a place where the people who live here really care about where they live, and they want to make it a nice place, and I don’t think that’s true of everywhere!

Thanks for sharing Lori!