From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

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  • Year in Review 2016

    Year in Review 2016

    2016 was a freaking amazing year for me! 

    It started with my first solo class in Las Cruces, New Mexico at my pal, Angela's studio! 

    ..........annnnnndddd then I got a finger tattoo to commemorate it! (( & finally got snapchat))

    Followed by.... our first Goonies event in Phoenix, Arizona! 

    We also got to experience the Grand Canyon together! 

    I LOVE this picture of Ashley & Kenny! 

    Got my bangs cut by the AMAZING Phillip Ring...if you're a hairdresser you understand! 

    and spend some time together creating amazing friendships....

    I participated in my first wedding event.......The Big Fake Wedding.

    Images by Melody Gilliakin Photography

    I went to Devine Intervention hosted by Ruby Devine & finally learned the proper way to create underlights & do the surging technique!

    Then came home & used both techniques to make this....

    I built some amazing working relationships with some of my favorite companies!

    I expanded my salon from 115 square feet to 237 square feet and built an amazing color bar. ((with the help of my dad, of course))

    Another amazing class at my friend, Ambers salon.... Shear Envy Tupelo!

    Premiere Orlando with my Goonies was nothing short of amazing & it was amazing seeing my pal Phil on the main stage! 

    I bought brand new 2017 Subaru WRX....

    Then took off to Atlanta, Georgia for our second Goonies class...

    September brought an amazing opportunity from my pals at Embee Meche, when they asked me to work on the stage at the Next Big Thing Booth at the BehindtheChair show in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida.

    I got to meet & do hair for another stylist I've watched for a while, the beautiful Taylor Rae.

    I got to celebrate my pals who were ONE SHOT finalist .....

    & of course spent some time with my friends & make some new ones!

    October was stellar!!! I accompanied Ruby & her mom to London, England....

    Where I attend my first international hair show & got to meet another fellow stylist Jaymz Marsters.

    who also turned Ruby into a fabulous rainbow...

    of course we did some sight seeing....

    Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)

    London Eye

    Westminster Abbey

    London Bridge

    We even took a day trip to Paris, France

    Eiffel Tour

    Arc de Triomphe

    the street of Paris

    Notre Dame is just as beautiful during the day....

    as it is at night....

    & we even did some shopping on the  Champs Elysees

    Halloween was fun as usual....

    Then it was off on the 2016 Hairstylist Education Cruise to teach with my Goonies...& have some fun!

    I got to snorkel with some fish...

    & parasail in Cozumel with my best pals..

    December brought a huge surprise!

    yep....thats me teaching at BTC .....this was printed in the last issue! 

    2016 was incredibly amazing for me. 

    I enjoy every single one of my clients 

    I am grateful for every single opportunity I am given 

    & I cant wait to see what 2017 brings!

  • VENDOR PROFESSIONALISM: THE ART OF TAGGING

    I'm gonna be really honest, shit is about to get real...if you cant appreciate brutal honesty, now is the time to avert your eyes. 

    Ladies & gentleman, technology is upon us. It is real. It is here & its not going anywhere. 

    Online marketing is the biggest marketing tool out there right now. Social media, SEO, websites, goggle, etc. 

    With that being said, wether it is a styled shoot, a real wedding or a paid gig. Once those images are released of course you want to show off your work. Who doesn't? BUT, it is completely UNACCEPTABLE to NOT tag a vendor because they are "competing business" If thats how you feel you shouldn't be working with them in the first place. Or because you're too lazy, no one is ever looking for that quality. It is completely UNACCEPTABLE to LINK a vendor or just simply type their name out in the comments section of the photo. Vendors who participate & promote you & refer you should never be seen as an after thought in the comments section. EVER. Or left out because you want people to focus on your business & not theirs. They put their time & money into this shoot or job just like you did. When you work a wedding or other event it is a chance to network with other vendors, tagging is a way for you & them to get thier name out there & seen on other businesses pages. Tagging=networking, wether you know it or not. 

    The life of a freelance vendor is not an easy one. It takes YEARS to build a name from scratch, I myself am only on year 5 (ok, 4.75 but, i like to round up 2014 is almost over) & I've barley scratched the surface. 

    If I tag & promote you & you cant or wont do the same for me....then Im sorry, but I cant work with you or promote you/refer you anymore. #sorryimnotsorry 

    Excuses: they are just that. Excuses. "Oh Facebook wouldn't let me tag your business page" So....you just didn't do it at all?? "oh it would only let me tag you from my personal page" Soo, you just tagged my personal page but didn't tell anyone WHY??? So now I am just a random tag on someones wedding photo...for all they know I could be the bride!!"Oh it wouldn't let me tag you from my phone"  Well then maybe you need to have some patience & wait until you get home to an actual computer before you start posting pictures that many other vendors were involved in. Because I'm pretty sure you didn't shoot that picture, cull all the images, edit the photo, make the floral arrangements, do the makeup, do the hair, make the dress, borrow the dress, plan the event, make the jewelry, build the building, set that place setting, make the cake etc. Because if you did...well damn

    So when you post that image (or blog) & tag only the people you know personally & talk about your work. You look like a jerk. You just left out like 6 other people who worked their asses off to do their job. If you cant figure out how to tag people, well you better learn. YouTube it. Ask someone. Read a forum. SOMETHING

    The first couple of times its whatever, I'll go in there & tag my business myself, but after time number two....Its plain disrespectful & outright RUDE. Oh, & if you are going to mention someone & you "cant tag them" maybe you should make sure their business name is correct?

    Example: I have been tagged as Crystal Casey of High Voltage Hair. High Voltage. Crystal of High Voltage. WRONG!!

    I am High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey. THAT is how you tag me on Facebook, that is the name on my business cards & my website. 

    If you don't care enough to actually look at the business card I gave you, or to even make sure you are getting my business name correct, well I guess when I tag you I should half ass your name too? NEGATIVE. Im not that person, I make sure that I tag every single vendor involved & if something is wrong & I cant tag the person. I double check to see if they even have a Facebook to tag (because who doesn't right?) or I let them know they are untag-able. 

    Your business page has settings.

    Its called tagging/posting ability. Mine is on, if you feel like yours might not be. Check it out. 

    BUT, this doesn't even matter if someone just does not give you credit. 

    Take this image for example: Now, take away the makeup (by Beauty+Baubles: Jenn Brousch) the flowers (by Studio Posy) the hair (by High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey) the beautiful bridal gown (from Maya Couture) the venue (Monticello Arcade) & Michelle Amarillo's sweet planning skills (from Michelle Amarillo Event Planning) What are you left with???

    THIS is what you're left with...

    You're left with just a normal looking couple & as cute as Trish & Caleb may be...which image do you prefer? The professional image (by Debbie Laughlin Photography) or the one that looks like a random stranger took it on the beach??

    THIS is what a styling team & full vendor list can do for images. So when you post an image from an event or styled shoot etc. that you were involved in, remember YOU & your specialty didn't make that picture all that it is. EVERYONE INVOLVED DID.

    So please, credit everyone, tag everyone. Give credit where credit is due. Don't be an ass hole. Everyone works hard & deserves credit for their work. 

    Look for Part II: Vendor Professionalism: The art of fairness, next week! 

  • Lindsey & Clayton: MARRIED!

    Lindsey & Clayton: MARRIED!

    So Lindsey is prolly one of my FAVORITE brides. She is super fun & down to earth, funny & just lights up a room whenever she is in it! Her & her, now husband, came all the way from San Diego, CA! 

    I first met Lindsey & Clayton at her bridal trial. They came to Mystique Salon & Day Spa (makeup by Amy Brox) for Lindsey's hair & make up trial. Clayton was so supportive of Lindsey & all of her decisions. Always telling her how beautiful she is, he is a winner!! 

    Lindsey got married in Kitty Hawk, NC. Her wedding day was a very grey, overcast day. But, as the day progressed the sun was peeking its little head out, so I had high hopes that the day would turn out beautiful! It stayed pretty dry during the portraits...

    But, then when it was time for her to say "I DO" the skies opened up & this happened....

    Everyone ran inside to resume the ceremony. Lindsey had a smile on her face the whole time. You could tell she was just happy to be marrying her best friend. 

     photos by Macon Photography

  • MYSTIQUE DAY SPA & CRYSTAL CASEY: THE BREAKUP

    Ok, so I feel like this is the beginning of a Taylor Swift song. Like at any moment I'm gonna break out into some guitar strumming, ballad about my broken heart & how I have the best revenge by being happy......"we are never, ever, ever, getting back toetherrrrrrr....."

    But, in all reality...that's not the case at all. 

    But, let me first start by saying...I am no longer an employee at Mystique Salon & Day Spa. I am now strictly working for myself. High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Its exciting & scary all at the same time.

    I worked at Mystique Salon & Day Spa 5 years ago (2 years out of hair school) I thought I knew it alllll. I quickly learned I did not. HAHA! Amy (the owner) took a huge chance on me when she hired me. My ego & know it all attitude quickly sent me on my way (by choice). Amanda (her sister & Master Stylist) was my mentor for over a year while I worked there & still remains to this day to be one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters & mentor. (& isnt she so pretty???!?!)

    Last December, Amanda spoke to Amy on my behalf about bringing me back into the salon. I was ready to be back in a salon environment, be a team player, have continuing education with the backing of all the Mystique girls, work on events & brainstorm fabulous ideas together as a TEAM! & we did just that, we ROCKED some movie nights (& had a great time doing it) we executed a phonemail bridal shoot, & shared & enjoyed some great Paul Mitchell education. 

    Amy was very understanding about my current wedding business & allowed me to continue booking weddings. We agreed that my schedule would be very few days to begin with as I tried to transition my clients from a home based business to the structure of a salon & build from any walk-ins that would come my way. The wedding season that would happen for me in 2014 completely blindsided both of us. 

    I think I spent a total of 5 Saturdays in the salon from Jan-Sept. & lets face it, Saturday is a busy day in the salon. I also had some unforeseen health issues this year that kept me out on the 1-2 days that I was scheduled to be there outside of the weekend. 

    Ultimately, Amy felt it was best for her business & mine to terminate my contract. 

    Its not that I was a bad employee/stylist or that she was a heartless boss, because that most certainly is not that case at all. Honestly, she just couldn't keep me booked. I had many NO CALL/NO SHOWS & cancellations while I was there, leaving my days empty. But, for the clients that I did have in my chair, that I did build that bond with, that I did get that chance to make them feel beautiful & special....I will miss them but, I know they are in good hands with the girls there! 

    She also stated that she recognized all the hard work I had put into building my business & that I was better suited to be a business owner, than an employee. She has since helped me with any problems I have faced or questions I have had on the business side of things. Amy is a business guru & a great mentor. 

    I still have a wonderful relationship with all the girls there, specifically Amy. She gave me a very personal letter stating how sad she was that she had to make this decision, we even shared a very heartfelt moment & some tears were shed by both of us. 

    In my time at Mystique I helped launch, what I know to be, a wonderful Bridal division. We shot an AMAZING bridal shoot & I got to know & love the girls there all over again. I built personal & professional relationships that I hope will continue to grow. 

    Amy & I still work together as stylist & makeup artist on styled shoots & weddings together & will continue to do so as our businesses grow. 

    (Thats supposed to say August 25th 2014!)

    I will miss seeing all these girls every week!

  • Moroccan Styled Shoot

    Moroccan Styled Shoot

    Last month I was asked to participate in a Moroccan Styled Photo Shoot. Of course I said YES! I was thrilled to be working with such a stellar team. Here a few of the images in all their glory. I cant wait for the rest! 

    Photographer: Stephanie Michelle

    Concept/Styling: Heart's Content Events

    Flowers: Mary's Flower Works

    Decor/Rentals: The Unearthed

    (FUN FACT: one of the owners of The Unearthed is Ashley from Luke & Ashley Photography!)

    Invations & Paper: Park Bench Paperie

    Makeup: Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    Hair: High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey

    Dress: Hayley Paige gown from Pure English Bridal Couture

    Cake/Bakery: E and E Special Events

    Calligraphy: Costal Calligraphy

    Models: Meghan Goldberg (bride), West Boyd (groom), Angel Liliana (bridesmaid)

    Have you ever seen a more amazing flower crown!??!?!

  • Kim Porter Cosmetics: Product Review

    Its no secret that Kim Porter from Makeup by Kim Porter & I work together quite often. I get the chance to glance inside her kit & get a front row seat to her fabulous makeup line Kim Porter Cosmetics. Recently we had a bride who wore bright red lipstick on her wedding day & she spoke of the "Lip Lock" Kim had used on her. She raved about how her lipstick stayed all night & didnt even come off on her wine glass! I immediately knew I had to own this "Lip Lock". Two days later I drove out to The Makeup Studio & picked up my very own Lip Lock

    Review: I LOVE IT! I wear it over pretty much every lipstick color. I wouldnt recommend applying it to glosses, colored glosses or "glass lipsticks" as the Lip Lock sort of turns your selected shade a little bit matte. You will feel a slight tingle when you apply it, don't worry, that means its working. When I apply Lip Lock over my reds I dont have to touch them up AT ALL. Give Kim a shout at kim@themakeupstudiovb.com to make your appointment & get your very own Lip Lock. Dont live in the area? Thats ok! She will ship it to you! 

    Look for Kims work on the cover The Wedding Planner Magazine of Hampton Roads

  • I couldn't wait until Monday….part 2

    As a business owner, I face many different choices when it comes to avenues of advertising. 

    Last year was my first year of advertising & I choose to go with print in the Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine. After my year was up, I just decided it wasn't for me. While I don't regret it & am extremely grateful for the opportunities I was given to participate with a great network of other wedding vendors and even have my work featured. It was a great first avenue & I'm glad I took it. 

    Now for my second year of advertising I decided to go with more of an online presence. With all of the technology available to us, everything we ever need to know or want to find is right at our fingertips! 

    So I am proud to announce that I have signed up with WeddingWire! Now I know what you are thinking, "Hey, isn't WeddingWire a free service?" Well like everything else, not much in this world is free. While, yes, you can have a free listing on WeddingWire it doesn't come with all the amazing online tools that makes life so much easier for myself and my brides. Every bride gets their own site, where every document they need can be uploaded! You can sign contracts electronically & even take payments and send invoices/reminders. SO.MUCH.SIMPLIER! 

    So head on over to my WeddingWire storefront and check out High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Im 32 reviews strong & counting! (which can also be seen on my Facebook)

    To all past, present and future brides & amazing wedding vendors that support me I thank you & look forward to an amazing rest of the 2014 wedding season!

    Ps- shout out to Jessica at COSDesign for hooking me up with this sweet blog signature! Find her on Facebook & etsy!

  • Blonde instant gratification

    Ok, so tonights blog is kind of two topics rolled into one. 

    First lets start with instant gratification. When did our generation become so impatient? We'd rather have instant gratification rather than quality. If it's quality you want...why not wait for it?? If someone is booked weeks even months in advance, wether it be a a tattoo artist,make up artist, hairstylist or nail tech. That means they are GOOD & they are booked up for a reason & you obviously wanted to book with them for that same reason. So don't be impatient & box color your hair or go to someone else with less talent & end up with a horrible tattoo, a nail fungus or make up 3 shades darker than your face to quench your instant gratification. Just wait.

    With that being said-Lets talk about being blonde

    If you have box colored your hair & then decide you want be blonde (or have a super blonde ombre) Then I would hope that you decide to take the professional route and see a stylist for this, for the sake of your hairs integrity. Even if you get your hair professional done but have been dark for an extended period of time, going from dark to blonde is defintely something that should be done by a master colorist or a stylist who specailizes in color & blonding. DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. If your natural color is dark, then yes there will be some upkeep. Every 4-6 weeks your roots will need to be touched up & after extensive lightening to your hair, you may have to lose some legenth. So a haircut during each step of your lightening journey is reccommended to keep from having to cut of inches upon inches once its all done.

    OMBRE is defintely a skilled color technique. Again, DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. Look online, talk to friends, read reviews & check out portfolios. Once you find someone you like, if you have questions....ASK! If they arent available within a week of your final decision on wanting blonde ombre, just wait. Ask to be put on their waiting list in case someone cancels an appointment & let them know your schedule. I've had too many clients come to me with a bad ombre job just bc they wanted it when they wanted it. 

    The above also applies to Balayage. Balayage is the french word for "hand painting". Balayage hilights are also a specality technique & all of the above mentioned applies to this skill. 

    Last but not least- YOU WILL NOT BE BLONDE FROM DARK OVER NIGHT. It is not realistic to expect to have platinum blonde hair in your first appointment after having black box color on your hair. Or any box color on your hair for that matter. Becoming blonde is a process, your hair must go through many stages of lift before you can get to your desired color. Also, though it is our job to get your there, it is also our job to keep the health of your hair in tact & any good stylist will tell you during consultation that there are no promises made & that it will be a process. If they dont, then they are completely unrealistic as you or inexperienced & you should RUN. Ombre is no exception to this rule, actually when it comes to ombre, I as a stylist, am more concerned with the health of the hair since most of the lightening will be taking place on the ends of the hair. The most processed & oldest parts of your hair. In most cases these ends are already damaged by heat & previous color. 

    So please keep all of this in mind when making decisons on blonding your hair. Be realistic & be patient. For yourself, for your stylist, for your wallet & most of all for your hair. 

    This is Erin, I have been doing her hair for a year and a half. Erin sets up her appointments like clock work & uses professional, salon quality products on her hair. This is the perfect example of what Balayage Ombre can look like when done properly on top of professional color. 

    This is Nicole. When she came to me she told me she wanted to be "Gwen Stefani" blonde. She said she understood that she would have to cut most of her hair of because there was previous box color on her ends. We cut her into a bob, and this is her hair after he second process of lightening. 

    This is Mary & this has been our journey so far. When her stylist moved away mary came to me we took her from red to dark, dark brown. Then from dark brown to blonde. This is before, 1st appointment & 2nd appointment. By the end of her next appointment she should be fully blonde. 

    Can you believe these are the same person?? Yep ombre over box black hair color and by the second process we had her to a beautiful honey blonde. 

  • Do it yourself VS. Professional: Hair & Makeup.

    DIY weddings can certainly be a lot of fun. Making decor with your mom, being proud of all the hard work that you have put into your big day. Not to mention the amount of money you saved. The glamours, rustic feel of an outdoor barn twinkling with lights like glitter in the night sky. Well i cant picture anything more perfect. 

    Most DIY brides budget their money for 3 things.

    1-A good photographer. After all pictures do last a lifetime.

    2-The venue. Location, Location, LOCATION!

    3-Dress. Disney princess. Enough Said. 

    But what about hair and makeup?

    A lot of DIY brides know someone who is "good at doing hair" or has a cousion who is really "good with makeup". That might be ok for the day to day but, do you really wanna chance that on your WEDDING DAY? You have spent thousands of dollars on a wonderful, professional photographer. Someone who is going ot make sure the lighting is always perfect, the angle is always the best & you really do look like a Disney princess in each photo. But theres only so much that can be done in photoshop.

    Those bags under your eyes? Because lets face it, you enjoyed your rehersal dinner a little too much. 

    They arernt fixable.

    Your off shade foundation? Nope. Sorry.

    Flat hair? nuh uh. Sorry. 

    Half fallen out curls pinned up with a chopstick? Forget about it. 

    Too much bronzer 3 shades too dark? Sorry boo boo.

    Running lipstick? Not Happening. 

    An updo that has half fallen out and now looks more windblown than anything?

    Nope.

    Dont believe me? Let me show you the difference.

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    Both the before and after were taken by a professional photographer- Amanda Hedgepath of Amanda Hedgepath Photography.

    Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    Professional makeup artist can give your skin a natural glowing look & contour your facial features to really stand out on camera. They can bring out the color of your eyes and excenuate your lashes, all while keeping it natural looking. Professional products such a lip liners and lipsticks keep your lips glossy and vibrant all day/night. Professional makeup artist are trained in on and off camera makeup. They know just how much is needed to make you stand out (but not look like a clown) in your photos.

    Also chances are that any makeup artist you get is a skilled skin specialist. If they arent they sure know a few they can recommend you to for all your skin needs before your big day. Facials, peels, even lazer hair removal! 

    Check out Mystique Salon & Day Spa for all your bridal skin needs!

    Professional hairstylist are trained in all things hair. We know the science of the hair, we know how to mold it like putty to make it do what we need it to do, without over loading on product and making you look like a grease ball. Because lets face it, some updos....there are no coming back from.

    Professional hairstylist know the right degree of heat to use for your hair type so no damage is done. We use only the top of the line tools and products to make sure your do' last through the cupid shuffle and fighting 9 girls for a bouquet. Hair stylist are mathmaticians, artist & chemist. We have an eye for updos. We know exactly where every single bobby pin should go so its not seen. We know exactly where to place each and every curl to build the perfect, not so promy, bridal updo. We do what we do, because we love what we do. But, most of all because at the end of the day....we love making our brides and clients happy. Seeing you smile is worth it to us. 

    So before you decide to DIY with hair and makeup. Contact your local stylist/artist. Ask questions even go in for a trial! I promise you wont regret it! 

    Also check out this blog: Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist....here's the difference. 

  • Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist…here's the difference.

    Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist…here's the difference.

    Searching for a stylist on your wedding day can be stressful.

    A lot of women have a regular hairstylist that they visit to take care all of their cut & color needs. But when it comes to your wedding day, can they do what you want? Will they be available to leave the salon to come to your location to do your hair? How much experience do they have with making a timeline for a wedding party of 7+ girls? Can they do braids? How fast can they do an updo? Are they familiar with what styles that will look good from all angles and on camera?

    These are all major questions to be considered. While (in my opinion) hairstylist should be well rounded in ALL THINGS HAIR....most are not. Now a days it seems every hairstylist has ONE thing that they specialize in. Which can make it frustrating for you, the client, to have to find another stylist who specializes in what you're looking for.

    What do I specialize in?

    Blondes

    Red Heads

    Color Correction

    Hilights

    Hair cuts

    Extensions

    Updo's

    etc..

    Not to brag on myself but, excuse me while I tell you how awesome I am...

    I am, by all means, a hairstylist who is well rounded and highly educated in everything hair. I can take a brunette to platinum blonde, I can fix a wretched ombre, I can do a CORRECT OMBRE. Blonde to dimensional brunette? No problem. My red heads? ON POINT. Need an angled bob...I got this. I spend a lot of time educating myself & perfecting my skills. But, I am also a wedding hair artist. This means I specialize in wedding hair AND the day of preparation.

    Finding a wedding hair artist can be a bit frustrating. There are a lot of hairstylist out there that say they can do what you want but, when it comes down to it, its not at all what you were looking for. 

    So here are the top questions to ask a hairstylist you are looking at booking for your wedding day!

    1-Will you be available to come to my location on my wedding day? Will there be an extra charge for this?

    2-What is the average time you can do updo in? (If you want to use this person for your entire wedding party and its more than 5 girls make sure their time is under 50 mins or they bring an assistant)

    3-How long have you been doing weddings?

    4-Where can I go to see reviews from other brides?

    5-Do you offer bridal trials? When can I set mine up?

    6-Bring a picture and ask if they can do what you are showing them.

    7-Can you do different types of braids?

    8-Look around their website or Facebook page for recommendations(tags, photos etc) from other wedding professionals. If you don't see any, ask. 

    9-Will there be a travel fee for my location?

    10-What forms of payment do you accept?

    11-What is the booking policy? Minimum policy?

    Questions your hairstylist should be asking YOU:

    1-What is the location and time of your ceremony?

    2-How many people will be receiving hair services? How many of them are in the bridal party?

    3-Where is the prep location? What time will you be arriving there?

    4-Who is your photographer/ makeup artist? (I ask this because if I am familiar with these vendors I usually know how they work & can contact them to set up timelines. Especially the makeup artist, we usually work hand in hand)

    5-When would you like to come in for your bridal trial?

    6-Will you have any hair pieces/veil?

    7-Did you have a specific look in mind for your bridesmaids or are they choosing their own styles? (Generally I don't want anyones hair to resemble the bride)

    8-What time do you need to leave your prep location?

    9-When will your photographer/makeup artist be arriving?

    10-Will you be doing first look/wedding party photos before or after the ceremony?

    Most brides find out late in the game that they have to offer all of this info to their hired day of hairstylist, which causes an entire timeline change. Thus, showing the difference between a wedding hair artist & an in salon hairstylist. While there are some wedding hair artist who work in salons, they are very few and far between. 

    Also check out this blog by Makeup by Kim Porter: 10 reasons for hiring a Makeup Artist for your wedding day makeup.

    Photo Credit: Will King Photography

  • Meet Ashleigh, my platinum blonde princess.

    Ok so, when Ashleigh fist came to me she found me working in a salon literally 3 seconds from where she lives. She had chin legenth hair that was a dark buttery blonde with hilights and a dark brown under section. 

    She was a month away from getting married & her ultimate goal was that platinum white blonde (still keeping the under section dark) but, she wanted to keep her hair healthy and let it GROW! So in order to avoid over processing her hair with lightener I tried a hi-lift formula & popped a few hilights over top of it.

    For those of you who don't know what hi-lift color is...it is color (instead of lightener) that will lift your natural hair up to 4 levels.

    It still left her hair too brassy but she was willing to give me another shot because, she's cool like that. She came back to me a month later to get her hair done for her wedding and she looked beautiful! While doing her hair we got to talking and turns out her fiancé was a guy I had known since I was 17! (I even dated his brother back in the day...small world)

    (look at those shoes!!!)

    I sent Ashleigh on her way looking beautiful as ever (as you can see above).  A few weeks later she found me on Facebook, friended me & asked me if I had any open appointments in the coming week. So we booked her a reservation and started working on getting her to that platinum blonde she wanted.

    We tried a variety of hi-lift formulas but each still left her hair too yellow. I tried using a toner after each new formula but, I still wasn't getting the results we were looking for. (Toners kick out unwanted colors such as yellow & orange) She stuck with me for a few months and finally, we decided to go ahead and go with lightner, it was the only option left. So with a little lightener and a toner we got the results we were looking for!! 

    Ashleigh was very adamant about keeping her hair healthy and letting it grow. So we got her on a good product prescription. Being blonde is not easy, the upkeep is very high matience & you have to give back what you take away from your hair. 

    Platinum is not an actual color it is hair that is void of all pigment & when you remove pigment you are also removing all the natural, good things your hair produces for itself. So keeping to a good, strong product prescription is very important.

    Ashleigh listened to everything I told her and did what she needed to do. Her hair is right where it needs to be and after a year of growing, it ended up at her shoulder blades....until today.

    Ashleigh made her appointment 2 weeks ago and told me then that she wanted to cut all of her hair off and go ALL BLONDE! As a stylist of course I was excited about this. We live for change. But, we also know that clients make rash decisions so I made sure this was exactly what she wanted to do....and it was...she does have a very coupious amount of hair so I can understand the matience of THICK, long hair. 

    She sent me a picture of a very dramatic, stacked bob. I of course LOVED it. So thats exactly what we did. 

    Now, our newest challenge is getting that under section to match the top. I did it before, so this should be super easy now that I have the perfect formula!

    Ashleigh has easily become one of my favorite clients and friends! We went through her husbands first deployment together and her going to realtor school. Their first outing after him returning home was a friends wedding. She came to me and said..."I want that retro pin-up style." Of course I was thrilled...."No problem" I said...and so it was done. :) 

    A stylist can only dream of all their clients being as laid back, mellow and AWESOME as Ashleigh. <3

  • Michael & Carina Photography: A Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine shoot.

    A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with Michael & Carina Photography . They are a couple of crazy in love photogrpahers. So who else to photograph your wedding other than the people who understand it best?! Michael is from Virginia, US and Carina is from Munich, Germany. They spent many years as pen pals before meeting and moving to Germany together. These two have seen the world including places like: Rome, Italy, Paris, France & even the Pyramids. They are too fun to work with and really find the love in each & every photograph.

    When I met them they were shooting for their first ad in Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine. I was on location at Lee Hall Mansion along with Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry. Hannah & Charles were our amazing models & wardrobe was provided by Bridal Boutique of Glouster. It was a crisp sunny day and I must say the pictures turned out just fabulously. Take a peek & If you are engaged be sure to check out all of these awesome vendors for your wedding day needs!