Reflecting on This Year's 2023 Bridal Season
As the bridal season comes to a close this year, there are a few things I wanted to reflect on. It has been a busy summer, to say the least. Between working early mornings on the weekend, weekdays at the salon, and trying to balance family life at home, I am incredibly thankful for the work and opportunity to connect with such an amazing group of professional artists.
With all that said, here are a few things I've learned about myself as a freelance hair and makeup artist…
A morning routine is so important, especially knowing that your work day starts at 6/7 in the morning (sometimes even earlier). This past summer, I made it a point to wake up at least an hour and a half before getting ready so that I was able to start my day off on the right foot.
Because there is usually a lot of prep work involved, I prepare the night before and ensure that my hair and makeup kits are by the front door before I leave. Having everything packed and ready makes the transition in the morning less hectic and stress-free.
Meditation and prayer the night before are other helpful tasks for adequate rest and sleep. I dedicate at least 10-15 minutes every night reading my bible or having calming white noise play in the background. These two activities have been effective in helping me to calm my nerves.
Not every bridal party is going to be the same experience. Having been in the beauty industry for 10 years, you run into all walks of life in and out of the salon setting. When working, I gently remind myself to have patience and smile. In the end, kindness changes everything.
Having a sewing kit has definitely been so helpful! I don't think I'll ever not have one. You never know when a bride will need an extra safety pin, scissors, or even a first-aid kit!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! You can never have enough water, especially working all day on your feet! I recently bought a bright orange Stanley this summer, and that thing goes everywhere with me! I just love it!
Most importantly, I love what I do on a day-to-day basis. Sure, I have good and bad days at work, but who doesn't? The most rewarding thing about my profession is seeing how much of a positive impact we have on our salon guests/brides.
The best part of working in the beauty industry is that everyone has a niche! We all have our quirks, but at the end of the day, we are artists. We are born to create and hold the power to change the lives of those in our chairs looking into the mirror!