On honesty and hair styling

There’s just something about the smell of hairspray in the morning.

Call me crazy, but to me, the scent of hairspray has always been the smell of possibilities. A morning filled with makeup, hair products, and helping girls look and feel their best is so exciting–I really do love working weddings!

For the last few years, I’ve focused on makeup. But I’ve always been fascinated by hair, in particular the art of the blowout and beautiful up styles. I always did my little sister’s hair for school dances, and though it’s been a while, I knew it was something I should pursue. Starting last year, I took a few mini-lessons from friends, and began practicing on friends and family.

I am pleased to say, I can now confidently offer hair styling as part of my services! I believe in living honestly and authentically, and it wouldn’t be fair to some of the extremely talented stylists I know to claim that I am as experienced as them. I am not. But I have a passion for it, and am always striving to improve my skills. That’s all we can do in life, right? Acknowledge what we love, find our heart’s desire and go after it!

With that, here are some pictures from the first wedding for which I did only hair! It felt so weird to leave my makeup at home and arrive with a just a bag of hot tools and bobby pins. But I loved it! All up styles in these pictures were done by me, makeup done by the amazing Makeup By Jaycie. ( I like to call her my mentor–she’s been amazing as I’ve started my freelance career. Check out her work and you will see why I find her to be so inspiring.)The bridesmaids who wore their hair down did their own hair, and the bride used her own personal stylist.  I’ve done a few weddings now, with both hair and makeup, and I will share more pictures soon.

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Thank you to Eric O’Connor of Allori Photography for the beautiful images! And Jaycie, thanks for telling me to just start doing hair already! You make me want to be a better artist, and I am privileged to be able to work alongside you!

What have you done that you thought was scary, and found out it was exhilarating?

Stay beautiful, ladies!

xo, Tricia

Bridal Look: Red Lips

I love when brides come to me with a point of inspiration. It can be their veil, a color they love, or a celebrity they want to emulate. In Rachel’s case, she knew she wanted a classic look to go with her chic head piece, and she’d found  a great red liquid lipstick that she thought would work. She was right, and the color was perfect with her gorgeous porcelain skin and rich, dark hair color.

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In contrast, her sister wanted to go for the smokey eye/nude lip combo that is always popular with bridesmaids. She had gotten a spray tan the day before the wedding, and she would be the first to tell you, get a trial spray tan so you know what you’re in for!

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I always love collaborating with my brides. Every woman has their own personal style, their own vision of what bridal beauty means to them, and everyone comes with a different level of comfort and experience when it comes to makeup. It is so fun to work together to create a look they love. I adore this picture of the new Mr. and Mrs. B! Thanks Rachel, for letting me be a part of your big day!

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Hair by Krista at Urban Lift Salon

Photography by Alicia Griffith  www.aliciamphotos.com