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Christen Barrs

Christen began her career in 2005 as one of the first extension specialists in Utah. She has since taken her career around the world, including Japan. She currently resides in Maryland. As a military spouse that moves every 18 months, Christen has learned how to adapt her career and quickly rebuild a clientele at a rapid rate with each move. 

Christen has always had a passion for hair and education; she received her Masters of Education in 2012. She loves helping stylists dive deep, identify their areas for growth, overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals. She believes that stylists can create a career they enjoy and have a personal life they love even more with the right tools and determination.

Coaching focus

Extension specialists
Independent stylists
Commission salon owners


Annapolis, MD



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Why did you decide to become a coach?

In 2021 my family had an unexpected move from Japan to Hawaii to Maryland when we learned my husband had stage three cancer. During this time, I knew that I needed to continue to move forward in my career but felt alone in the process. That’s when I found Destroy The Hairdresser and started coaching. I found the support and education I received from coaching to be the most valuable investment of my career. I have a passion for teaching and helping stylists grow; I wanted to share all I learned inside DTH and help stylists improve their lives and careers.

How would you describe your coaching style?

I coach from a place of vulnerability and logic. I like to learn why we have created the life we have and then examine it with knowledge, facts, and ambition to create a more sustainable career.

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What should someone expect when working with you?

A coach with compassion, but I have no patience for victim mentality. I will meet you where you are and push you to get where you want to go. I expect students to put in the work, and I will be there to support them.

What would you say to someone skeptical of hiring a coach?

It’s an investment in yourself. If you’re ready to be honest with yourself and do the work, then it can be the best decision of your career. If you’re not prepared for that, then now may not be the time.

What excites you about the Destroy The Hairdresser platform?

Their approach to learning and openness to change. DTH dives deep into who you are and helps you understand why you make certain decisions in your business. By using this approach, they can help create life-long changes. It’s tailored for each individual and is not a one-size-fits-all program.

What books have influenced your coaching style?

  1. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  2. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
  3. Love Warrior and Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

What has been your biggest success story as a coach?

Watching students realize that the biggest obstacle in their way is themselves. Then observing the shift as they recognize their potential and personal genius, it’s the moment when the light is switched on, and they realize what they are truly capable of becoming.


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