While I was in Arkansas last month, I got together with Melissa, my business partner from Mayapple Salon to collaborate on a photo shoot for old times sake. ( We have styled many photo shoots together and it is always such a great time. )
Melissa is creative director of Art Amiss Fashion a local arts organization, and writes the style column for the Fayetteville Weekly, which photos from this shoot will be used for.
I wanted to give you all a look at some of my favorite shots, some of which will pop up in the near future in HTHG tutorials:) The theme of the shoot was Tropical, so I prepared ColorPrinthand painted hair wefts in juicy tropical inspired colors and fern like textures.
These shots feature Melissa Arens, Kelly Wake and Penelope Obersky as models/ Hairstyling and ColorPrint by yours truly, Styling by Melissa Arens and jewelry by Keely Wake of Flora and Fauuna
One of the highlights of my whirlwind trip was styling hair for a shoot with 4 lovely women for the Mayapple Boutique lookbook and an editorial spread in the Fayetteville Free Weekly…….I had the pleasure of working beside my salon business partner, the talented Melissa Arens, hair and wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, and fellow mother of daughters who happens to be a longtime favorite photoshoot collaborator of mine:)
For this shoot, I employed my little Mini Crimper
and worked it hard. I crimped Nico’s pre-flatironed hair, piece by piece from root to ends leaving her bangs un-crimped.
On Cloey, I worked through her pre-flatironed hair in small random sections on the surface, lightly spraying the pieces and then crimping them here and there to create geometrics and angles. It looked so cool!! I love crimping so, so hard.
Then we braced ourselves and our hair for the insane monsoon of rain that was coming down and made our way to a muddy bike tunnel which underpasses 6th street and connects a fantastic bike trail that runs the entire length of Fayetteville, AR.
Shooting photos in tunnels is the shit. I could have stayed there all day just playing around and dancing and taking pictures. Can you tell I nerd out for photo ops like this?
Next up? A quick change, easy beehives, dramatic makeup and a blue wall.
What could be better? What a great day.
I had so much fun editing these photos with Picmonkey, btw. See the new Picmonkey sidebar ad to your right? It is there because I could not run HTHG without Picmonkey photo-editing…. It is a super affordable program for monkeys like me who don’t have the time to mess with photoshop. They make it simple and fun to edit and collage, and I am proud to be partnering with them. Check em out!
And FYI, be on the lookout for the new Mayapple Boutique online……Coming soon, stocked with Nikki Jacoby jewelry, hand picked vintage and American made apparel. xoxoxo, HTHG
I’ve got to take a moment to give a fond farewell to the salon that I birthed with Nikki and raised with Mel. Mayapple Salon and Boutique started in a little jewel of a cave in a quonset hut on the bike trail in downtown Fayetteville, A. By day, it was a fantastic hair factory. By night, we hosted many bands, including Brent Amaker and the Rodeo (a memorable night) and pissed off the neighbors. Mayapple now bustles in a modern warehouse, with a huge open floor plan, an esthetics room, a BATHROOM, a huge boutique full of one of a kind vintage and handmade swag, 5 hair stations, an office, an amazing Mad Men counch, a hallway even.
Here is a little collage of my favorite parts of the shop……The fabulous vintage feel, the bright colors, the funky one of a kind accent pieces, the concrete floor with stencils, Nikki Jacoby jewelry designs, the cute photos of Mel’s lovely clone-daughter Cloey, and Bonnie from Flashes of Style blog, a Mayapple client. The old anatomical chart found in a dumpster at an abandoned school, VIntage swimming suits and caps and adorable shoes, Melissa Arens and the Mayapple crew. I love this place.
I am sad to leave this wonderful place that has been a vibrant source of community, friendship, partnership, creativity, and income for me practically since I moved to town 6 years ago. I have to thank my business partner Melissa Arens for driving our business to the next level while I nursed a baby and tried to manage my life as a part time pioneer hair-driven blogging family-woman.
I am en route as we speak in a move across the country with my family, back to my hometown of Seattle. Possibilities abound, and the future is an exciting unknown. I hope to take this blog to the next level ( Learn to use a real camera;) and collaborate creatively with friends who inspire me to no end. Holls? T? Nikki? let’s make some cool shit. I hope to take my Jonny and my girls to some amazing places.
I hope to eat some amazing food. And ride my bike. And go on kid free dates. And hike. And SNOWBOARD for gods sake. And yes, I hope to do some really fun hair.
Will I go back to Vain? Will I open Mayapple Seattle, will I start HTHG studios, an exclusive no-poo salon and photo studio and office to churn out great HTHG DIY hair content? Will I bar tend part time? Will I be a crum bum? Will I make my kids go to circus school? Will my toddler always be such a cute tyrant? Will Jonny be a professional Craigslist hustler, or a famous artist, or a mountain man in the city who teaches people how to split wood and build sustainable mountain homes? Will my oldest daughter always be mad at me for making her leave her hometown? Will my parents drive me mad?
These are all questions that will be answered with time. In the meantime, I want to honor and pay respect to a part of my life that shaped me as a human, as a woman, as a mother, as a partner, as a friend, as a hairdresser, and as a small part of something larger. I love you, Mayapple Salon and Boutique and crew, and I will miss you dearly. I will do my very best to bring you new hair tricks when I come back for visits;). XOXO
Mega-goods will be coming out of this shoot, including a tutorial for this insanely snakelike half-up fishtail braided hairstyle, a video of one of my favorite blow-dry tricks, and a premium video of an awesome ombre technique that I used to get Mel’s silvery gray ends.
Also, be on the lookout for a Mayapple Special post featuring Mel Arens (My friend and business partner) coming soon!
Mayapple Salon is moving to a big, old ex-candy factory. It’s gonna be industrial/vintage to the max, with an awesome boutique full of exciting creations, an eminence organics esthetician, a dreading station, an un-@$&#ing believable 1960’s era golden couch, and much more. My sadness about leaving our old space is quickly turning to excitement about the sheer amazing-ness of the future of Mayapple Salon.
Stay tuned for more pics, as we transform what was once a cave of treasures into a warehouse of style and possibility!