Styling Sunday: Hair Stress and Breakage

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Little fly-aways or baby hairs can be the worst. Check out this awesome #stylingsunday tip from Rachel to avoid breakage!

"If you’re experiencing a lot of breakage around your hairline, watch the way you pull it back. If you always pull your hair back the same way it’s putting stress on the same pieces of hair which will make it break. Try doing a braid one day, a high ponytail another day, and a low ponytail the next. Keep the stress on different parts of the hair each time so there’s less breakage."

Makeup Tip Monday: Enhanced Natural Eyebrows

Eyebrows are so important in framing the face-- and a little can go a long way! Here's Sara's #makeuptipmonday for you: "My personal pro secret behind awesome brows is an angle brush and two shadow colors. Not just one, but two. Use a slightly darker shade and outline the brows. Take your brush and drag the color into the outer half of the brows. Then, take the lighter color and brush it into the front half of the brows. Having two colors will mimic your natural brows hairs creating a more natural look. If you ever feel they're too dark just take aclean mascara wand and brush them in the direction of the hair growth, to remove excess product! My go-to is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo! Or, your favorite matte eye shadows work just as well!"

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Team Tuesday: Meet Janelle

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Last year, I introduced our Hair + Makeup Team: Rachel, Sara, Lindsay, and Nicole (we've added one more since then: another post to come!) At the time, it felt really silly to "introduce" myself since I feel like I'm everywhere. In our video you hear and see my passion for the industry, it's my words on our website and all throughout the Styling Guide we send to each #jolbride , etc. etc. You guys already know me, right?

But, then I started thinking: I'm not just the owner of Janelle on Location. I'm the Senior Stylist, too. And, as a Stylist, I figure, I should probably introduce myself. So. Here goes!

Hi! I'm Janelle. I'll be 32 this month- the day before Valentines Day. I've been married for 6 years (by the end of February) and we have two adorable kiddos: a 2 year old girl, and a 3 month old boy (and their oldest sibling is in Heaven.) My little family moved to South Carolina last year, where I run Janelle on Location and am stoked about expanding to Charleston this year. Also. We travel a LOT. It's worth the work that travel is with kiddos to have our windows open with warm, fresh air starting in JANUARY. Not exaggerating. The weather here is GLORIOUS!

After watching my aunt do hair for my cousin's wedding, I did my first updo when I was 13. It was for a friend who had a piano recital. And then in typical 13-year-old-fashion, when you do one "updo" that gets compliments...you're dubbed as the friend who "does hair." Hey, I'm not complaining. That reputation spread fast, and I had so many guinea pig volunteers who were an incredible asset to gaining the unheard of hands on experience I had at such a young age. Some of this I alluded to in my recent post about "The Beginning" of JOL.

At 14, two girls in my Study Hall (who were two years older than me) asked if I'd do their hair for prom. PROM, you guys. I was so nervous. But I love a challenge...so I said yes! They went to prom, got lots of compliments, and their friends freaked out that they got their hair done...by a Freshman. The next year...and I'm not exaggerating...I was booked from like 8am to 6pm for updos in 30 minute appointment slots. I think I gave myself a lunch break- but it was 15-16 heads of hair in one day. AS A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD. I was EXHAUSTED. And loved every second.

My parents were really strict that I not charge anyone un-licensed. So. After losing money buying so much hair spray and so many bobby pins out of my hard-earned babysitting money, I asked for Homecoming that the girls bring their own supplies. Cue: my first lesson in learning the VAST differences good and bad hairsprays make! OH MY WORD!

I was booked for multiple school's dance-dates every Homecoming and Prom throughout High School. I also did my first wedding at 15, and had done ten weddings by the time I was 17. After that, I lost count!

Fast forward through getting my Cosmetology License before graduating High School, working a Disney World internship to learn about Customer Service, moving to Florida, and loving "formal" styling WAY more than ANY other service I offered working in a salon there...I moved to Wales for a mid-term Mission's Trip. Yes, the country. And no, it's not "in" England. And yes, the Welsh are offended by that question. ;) Wonderful experience. Hard year. Life-changing in amazing ways.

I came back to the States and make Janelle on Location official. With literally $18 in my bank account. Eighteen. One-eight. No zeros. I've worked extremely hard and sacrificed a ton over the years for Janelle on Location to be debt free- even since it's inception. Busting my butt doing haircuts and highlights throughout the week, I FINALLY started specializing in weddings, (then added Curly Hair as a specialty a month later). I wanted to focus so hard on what I was best at, and what my passion was.

Oh my goodness, I worked so so hard those years. Before sunrise to after dark. Getting up crazy early to do hours of admin, reach out to local vendors via email, schedule appointments, write out directions from one client's house to the next while I saved for a GPS because I had a dumb phone (and then friends surprised me with an iPad for Christmas!)...doing confirmation calls while in the car between appointments, and I took clients alllll day, to come home and do hours more of admin responding to those who emailed me back during the day. I was a one woman show! Maybe circus?! This went on for years (though, after the first year I had an iPad and a Scheduling Coordinator-- which were SO NEEDED to take the edge off of my many responsibilities so I could business plan better, providing a bit of momentum.)

Met the hubs (at a wedding, no less! He was truly the Best Man ;), got married, moved to PA, and ONLY focused on Hair + Makeup for weddings. Best decision. Why do other things when you can do what you LOVE?!

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And now, as my family actively grows, I personally take a small number of weddings and continue investing in the absolutely incredible Team God has blessed me with. You guys. I am not exaggerating when I say they are the best. They are THE.BEST. There is such affection in our friendships, and camaraderie in sharing our passions serving brides. And we manage to work with such incredible brides! HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?! We genuinely think they're the best in the world. True relationships that are long lasting are born from this journey of getting to know each of them, and helping them come up with the best Bridal Look for their day.

This adventure has had it's fair share of sleepless nights, and tears. But not even close the amount of excited squeals and enthusiasm it's given me. I simply wouldn't want to be doing anything else!!

Photos by our amazing and talented friendor, Alison Dunn Photography

A JOL Reference Page: What You Need to Know

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We know we're different. We don't solely offer Wedding Day Hair + Makeup (far from it!) and that throws a LOT of brides off. There's almost a learning curve to understanding our philosophy and process because we differ so significantly in our mindset and services to others in our industry.

Consider this blog post (right here, that you're reading!) your cheat sheet! The big pieces of who we are, what we do, why, and what that means for you...all in one place.

Maybe you want to know: Who is Janelle on Location? or What Are Our Team Dynamics Like?

Maybe you want to know What to Expect at Your Trial Run or you're eager to get the most out of your experience by Investing in Our Relationship and Process.

Sometimes Brides aren't sure how to Choose the Right Hair + Makeup for themselves. Or they forget we offer Massage Therapy Services at any time.

Perhaps you want to start off by learning a bit about your Lead Stylist: Janelle, Rachel, or Sara.

If you're lost on even HOW to look for inspiration hairstyles, get our guidance here and here.

And if you'd like...you can get Five Tips to the Perfect Wedding Morning just for kicks!

Always feel free to comment or email with questions!!

Makeup Tip Monday: Goodbye Tired Eyes!

I'm pretty sure there are days we ALL need this #makeuptipmonday from Sara. "Do you ever wake up and feel that you look super tired? If so, go grab yourself a white or beige eye pencil. To make your eyes look brighter, wider, and more awake add one of these lighter color pencils to the waterline. It will look like you got a whole night of sleep! My go-to is the Charolette Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Eye Cheat Pencil."

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

A Sincere Bride: Beautifully Herself

When a bride starts her description of the desired "feel" for her wedding day with words like, "sincere" or "heart-warming", "sentimental" and "light-hearted"...basically, we're hooked.

Well, that was Jaime. A #jolbride we won't forget. With an absolutely KILLER gown from Klienfeld Bridal  (the most amazing illusion neckline!) and wedding inspiration that echoed the warm, genuine, thoughtful description of the desire for her wedding day, we just loved being a part of it all.

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For Jaime's hairstyle we played around a lot at the Trial Run with various types of structured and unstructured curls within the side-updo to make sure we got the perfect texture for her style. A side part, with soft pieces framing her face, and the style itself visible from the front below her ear, I just love what we landed on.

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For makeup, we kept things consistent with the tones and product types that Jaime typically wears, while highlighting and drawing more attention to her beauty by taking everything up a notch. Stunningly herself: that's always our goal.

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And when a Bridal Party's timing and service needs call all JOL hands to be on deck...we tend to have that much more fun!

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Thanks, Jaime, for inviting us to be a part of your spectacular day! It was wonderful meeting your family after getting to know you, and seeing all of the different styles and personalities of your sisters. Wish we could do it all over again!

Team Tuesday: The Beginning

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We all get our start somewhere.

There's always a beginning to every business, every career...each person has their own story.

While mine was born in my Aunt and Uncle's Salon in New Jersey on the day of my cousin's wedding, heading back home to Virginia is where my passion for the beauty industry really began to take root. In 7th grade, I had a very detailed plan of how I was going to get my Cosmetology License, specialize in Customer Service, and one day own my own salon. (Turns out I LOVE owning an on location business WAY MORE.) Believe it or not, my 7th grade plans weren't far from what my dreams materialized to be! More on that in another post. Full of others who influenced me, encouraged me, and LOTS of peers who were willing volunteers to be guinea pigs for Proms and Homecomings!

These two ladies pictured above, invested in me more than words can say. Jean (left) and Judy (right) were two of the Stylists who worked at the Salon I first Assisted at in Charlottesville, Virginia when I was 15. As I was sweeping floors, doing shampoos, making coffee, and cleaning, these ladies would pull me aside mid-updo they were working on, and show me a trick. Or explain how they knew their client was interested in something she wasn't even verbally communicating style-wise. They showed me how to hold hairspray when your hands are full, how to make hair pins be "fully committed", and how to appreciate the value of the work they (and I) did.

Their investment in me is one of the reasons I'm so passionate about investing in other Stylists, and the motivation behind the precise way our Team is structured here at Janelle on Location. Building into others both as professionals, and as people has become a tremendous passion, and I am unbelievably thankful for Jean, and Judy (among so so many others) who took time to encourage me, and teach me more than words can describe.

From a 15 year old Assistant, to the video below, my heart bursts. This is the fruit of so much love from others, many kind words, ridiculously supportive parents, lots and LOTS of mistakes, and almost two decades of unbelievably hard work. I am absolutely stoked about what this next year holds!!

Thanks for being a part of our story.

Makeup Tip Monday: Blending Shadow like a Pro

Your #makeuptipmonday fix is right here from Sara. "Does anyone feel they can never get it as good as the pros? There a few key tricks to get a perfectly blended look. The first, is when blending hold your hand closer to the end of the handle (away from the bristles) this will give you less-control, but allow for softer blend and will not remove product. If you are trying to pack or layer on a color (specifically on the lid) hold your hands closer towards the bristle to have a heavier application. Also, never forget a primer. My favorite is Urban Decay Primer Potion!"

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Beauty Blender Care

This is a fantastic #makeuptipmonday from Sara! "If any of you ladies use a Beauty Blender, you know sometimes they get smushed or ripped when thrown into your makeup bag. This clever storage tip will help prevent it: grab yourself a plastic Easter egg. The beauty blenders resemble an egg shape and fit perfectly into these. Easy fix and no more destroyed beauty blenders!"

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: A Fresh Look

We all know that concealer hides our blemishes or red spots. But is there any other use for it?

Check out this awesome advice from Rachel: "I think it works great if you use a slightly lighter concealer under the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, in the middle of the forehead, and on the chin to give a fresher, more awake appearance and to add dimension."

Photo by Brittney Kreider of #jolbride Melissa.

Makeup Tip Monday: Covering Blemishes

This morning's #makeuptipmonday is from Sara. "Do you have any redness or blemishes on your face? My makeup artist Tip to combat the redness is green concealer. You heard me right...green! The green color will counteract and neutralize the redness in your face. Remember: apply in a thin layer under your foundation. My must-have green concealer is NYX Green Concealer in a Jar."

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: The Right Foundation Shade for You

With SO many different shades and tones of foundation out there in the world...how are you supposed to find the one that's the right match for you?!

Here are some great things to keep in mind; some advice from Rachel: "To choose the perfect shade of foundation you should test it on your neck because your face and neck are the same color (the arm is generally darker than the face or neck area so it generally isn't the best place to test what will match your face.)"

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Lip Exfoliator

Fabulous #makeuptipmonday from Sara! "Dry and flakey lips a problem? To help your lipstick apply more smoothly, you need to exfoliate. The best part is, you can use some common household products to do so. Grab some brown sugar and coconut oil to create a scrub. Mix together and use a toothbrush to lightly exfoliate the lips. Rinse and add some Vaseline to hydrate. The next morning, your lipstick will glide right on!"

Image by Justin Johnson Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Airbrush vs. Traditional Application

Today's #makeuptipmonday is more of an educational piece for when you have your Makeup professionally done. One of the questions we ask our brides during our first phone call, is their preference/experience when it comes to Airbrush or Traditional Application of foundation.

This isn't because there's a large difference in the finished look. Quite the opposite! Achieving a flawless complexion that will last alllllll day can be done with either and both methods. The difference, is simply the form of application. The WAY the makeup is applied. You can use "airbrush foundation" on a beauty blender, and apply it by hand!

So why do we ask, then? Because comfort of our clients matters. And sometimes, if someone has had a positive, or negative experience in the past with one form or the other, that's what they're drawn to...or. away from.

In a phone call with a #jolbride, Murrey, (who is getting married very soon!) she had the clarity to articulate essentially, "I've had airbrush makeup before, and it's not that I didn't like the airbrush, I just didn't care for the way my makeup looked as a whole." BINGO. But our negative experiences can often influence the way we feel about something altogether. The same concept goes for False Lashes! There are hundreds and hundreds of different kinds. Lengths. Density's. Just because you hated them once, doesn't mean you hate all False Lashes! And just because you liked them once, doesn't mean you like them all either!!

This is one of the reasons Trial Runs are essential. After getting a feel for the past experiences, and overall personality of our brides, we get to play around with various looks and methods to land with the one that makes each #jolbride feel THE MOST comfortable. Looking beautiful is a must. Feeling comfortable is equally as essential.

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: The Dewey Look

We hear a lot of bridal parties interested in a dewey finish to their foundation- especially if they tend to have dry skin. (Typically we find that ladies with more oily skin prefer a matte finish.)

Rachel has a great trick for the dewey look! "In order for you to obtain a dewey look but without actually being oily I like to highlight the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the Cupid's bow (right above the upper lip) and the highest point of the chin. 

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Touch Up Service and Re-style

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Listening to our bride's needs is something we take extremely seriously. So a few years ago, after receiving requests for Stylists to stay on site for touch ups and/or complete Bridal Hair + Makeup re-styles...we added it to a Collection we offer.

Whether you're changing into a surprise dress, or want your hair down for the ceremony but up for the reception...or, maybe you're thinking a neutral palette is best for daytime, but you want a bolder makeup look for the evening...we've got you covered! Have one of our Team Members stay on site-- available for touch ups in between photos and available to completely change your look to surprise everyone if you want!

I also can't help but include this totally embarrassing picture of myself because it is just THAT hysterical- I am sure it'll make you laugh! This is from a workshop in France with Lauren Fair and Julie Paisley in August. Our beautiful model, Julie, had something in her eye and I was trying to help find it. But oh my goodness...the squat, the hand on the hip, the squint, the pregnant belly...its just absolutely hysterical!! I burst out laughing the first time I saw it!

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Photographer: @kir2ben
Models: @juliannaleemurphy and @shane.m.murphy
Gown: @clairelafaye
Florals and styling: @oleandercurated
Hair and makeup: @jol_stylist
Ribbon: @honeysilksco
Paper goods and invite: @prettyininkshop
Tie: @neckandtieco
Shot at @laurenfair and @juliepaisleyphotography Provence, France Workshop. #LandJworkshopabroad

Makeup Tip Monday: Make Your Skin Glow

This is such a great #makeuptipmonday brought to you by Sara: "Are you in love with dewy glowing skin? If so this tip is for you! Grab yourself a liquid illuminator and add a drop into your foundation. Mix together and apply. You will have dewy, glowing skin! My personal favorite illuminator is the NYX Born to Glow Illuminator."

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Bronzed Goddess Look

Today's #makeuptipmonday is for those who really don't care for any light (or deep) pink or peach tones in their cheeks...but also want to add some definition to their cheek bones. Try a bronzer on your cheekbone as your blush-- it gives a Bronzed Goddess look! Our #jolbride Janine pulls it off fabulously!

Image by the fabulous Sarah McKay Photography

The Knot Fall Issue!

We are so thrilled and honored to be featured in print for the first time alongside such phenomenal vendors! Keep an eye out for these gorgeous pics from Jessica Cooper Photography in the Fall issue of The Knot! We absolutely LOVED working with Lindsey and her ladies. Lindsey has an eye for detail, and a vision for beauty like no other. Mulling over her Wedding Vision was breathtaking at every.single.point. Her wedding day was thought through so meticulously, and with such care. It was a tremendous privilege to work with her!!

Vendor team:

Ceremony & Reception site: Smithville Inn, Historic Smithville NJ
Videography: Martin's Accent Wedding Videos
Planner: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Flowers: Vault & Vine
Gown: Sweet Caroline
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Rings: Harry Merrill & Son Jewelry, Inc.
Engagement Rings: DeSumma and Wexler Fine Jewelry
Hair & Makeup: Janelle on Location
Stationery: Pippa & Fig
Cakes&Pies: Queen Bee Pastry
Favors: Ever Laser

Makeup Tip Monday: Open, Awake Eyes

We alllll have days where our eyes are tired and we need to look more awake than we might actually feel.

Rachel has a great tip for us! "To make your eyes look more open and awake I love to focus mascara on the lower middle lashes and upper middle lashes."

Isn't that great?! Just some strategically placed mascara (and maybe a cup of coffee!) and we're on our way!

Image by Alison Dunn Photography