Get to know featured artist:
Can you tell us a little more about you and your styling background?
I went to beauty school in highschool for two years because I had no idea what I wanted to be or do. My grades were terrible and I only woke up early before school to do my hair and makeup. I loved socializing with everyone so I knew this was my calling. I assisted in my first salon for 4 years scrubbing floors and heads and then went to a second salon for another 4 years that completely changed my life. I was being educated and growing by the day. Our team was like a family and we all worked long hours, 12 hour days with no break, shoving food down my mouth in 3 minutes and not much time for myself. I became burnt out and I began to hustle and post everything I did on social media because I didn’t know how much longer I could live this lifestyle and needed a way out. I now have my own bridal suite as of November 2019 and I couldn’t be happier! I can make my own schedule, plan my own breaks and time off and really give my clients that one on one experience they deserve! I grew so much faster when I became independent because I had more time to focus on branding myself. I was at a cap when I worked for someone and now the opportunities are endless!
What bridal trends are you loving right now?
I am loving the pearls and stars accessories in hairstyles. I am also loving the big fluffy hair and infinity braids right now!
What new trends can we look forward to?
I think velcro rollers and hot rollers are coming back !!
How do you stay inspired?
Other Bridal stylists in this industry keep me inspired by seeing how they do things but never compare yourself. Stay in your own lane and focus on you. Also I am a big advocate of making time for yourself and filling your own cup. It’s important to allow yourself to breathe, step outside and go for a walk and take in the scenery of nature. When I take care of my sanity I can better accommodate my clients and give them my all.
What advice would you give to a bridal hairstylist just getting started?
Fake it till you make it! That has been my motto since the beginning and then once you make it you continue to perfect your work. Learn as much as you can from others and develop your own niche and way of doing things.
Best advice to a bride regarding her hairstyle?
Have realistic expectations when it comes to hair photos. For example, often if their hair is brown and they show me all hairstyles with highlights I recommend showing photos to me of dark hair only or I encourage my brides to get highlights to make the hairstyle pop more. Also I make them keep in mind their texture and thickness. If hair is thicker in inspiration photos they show me and their hair is thinner/doesn’t hold a curl I always recommend clip in extensions to enhance the look to give them their dream wedding hair!
What is the one product/tool you can not live without?
Texture powder and a 1 inch babyliss curling iron!
Best advice you have ever been given in the hair industry?
Never be the smartest person in the room. Never stop learning in this industry!
What do you love to do outside of work?
Interior decoration and going out with friends and party 🙂
Purchasing something on Amazon more than 3 times a week lol!