Let the artist loose

The beauty industry is filled with talented artists who use your face and hair as their canvas. As a salon owner and beauty professional, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of them. Hair is the only art form I’ve ever been able to master (not for lack of effort — I just can’t draw, paint, sculpt, sing or dance. Hair is it for me, and I’m just fine with that).

But I marvel at the talents of some of my colleagues and industry pros. One great Maine example is Jessica Candage, a rock star in the makeup world — and in the real world. Candage was a finalist on “American Idol,” but she gave up her shot at musical fame to dedicate her life to the glamification of others. She can also draw and paint the hell out of just about anything — and she makes it look effortless.

Hair and makeup artists spend years trying to prove ourselves. Once we’ve built our reputations and earned enough trust, we can show the beauty that we, as artists, see in you, our guest. In my experience, guests have the best experience when they let me create what I see is the best look for them. So the next time you visit your stylist or makeup artist, leave behind preconceived notions of what looks good on you. Consider giving them free reign to bring out what they — as artists — see as the beautiful you. You may find that you really can wear that shade of red, or you really can leave your curls in their natural state.

There’s a whole new side of beauty waiting for you if you give the artist a chance to create it.

Alanna York has owned Head Games Salon for Hair & Body, based in Portland, for 17 years. Her professional career began in the early 1990s when she discovered the passion and excitement that came from enhancing the natural beauty in all of her clients.

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