Happy 10 Years, Morgan Ashley Salon!

Apr01

Happy Anniversary/Birthday to us!

Guess what guys?? We are ten years old today! We are preteen. Come by the salon today (April 1st, 2015) and every Wednesday in April to celebrate with us! Morgan Ashley wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for you. To celebrate we are calling this year, A Year to Give, and we are wanting to give to you!

So what are we giving you, you might ask?

  • All week we are giving 10% of all Bumble and Bumble products. (Get it because we are turning ten.) ;)
  • Stop by any Wednesday during April for giveaways or join us from 4pm-7pm for cocktails and hor d’oeuvers.

Its not quite Thursday yet but we do want to do a little throw back to Morgan Ashley through the years. First here is a little story from Morgan herself about how it all began:

“The year I started the salon, 2005, I had had my heart set on doing overseas missions, and not on starting a salon.  Or so I thought.  Starting Morgan Ashley was definitely one of the most challenging things I had ever done.  Starting from the fact that I had no business experience or degree or idea how business worked, I did a lot of things the hard way.  Securing a loan, figuring out tax id numbers and such were not really my “thing.” I could be creative and I could take care of orphan babies in other countries, but that was where my experience ran out.  Luckily the Lord was super gracious and really awesome he sent many encouraging people to stand by my side and help me along the way.
The first year Morgan Ashley was open I was in the salon alone.  Unless an occasional friend or sister came by to chip in and help, I was operating solo.  There were so many days when I literally cried out to the Lord and asked Him why here, why not overseas.  The answer would always be that it was going to be worth it, and He would receive much glory from it.  So I just trusted.  Once I let go of what I thought my life would look like, and let the Lord really lead, I really started having fun.
The second year I got my first stylist employee, Alison!  We had so much fun and bought each other starbucks and joked and really had a great time getting to know each other. So, for a full year it was just me and Ali.  It was fun and simple and not lonely anymore.
The third year was crazy. I hired one receptionist and an additional stylist.  Then one night I was at the salon with my awesome husband and we were praying and just asking the Lord to show us if this was still where he wanted us. Basically saying close this place if its not what it needs to be or should be.  The very next day I got a phone call from friend who worked at another local salon and asked if she and about 8 other stylists and one manager could come and join me.  I was, of course, shocked, but thought it was really cool. With that came the growing pains.  Very welcome growing pains.
So these growing pains led us to the new salon space– the current location.  This was a huge leap of faith, being that it was three times the size of the old location and about four times more expensive! The Lord was so faithful in this move! We made this move during the recession of 2008.  It was very scary, but clientele grew. We all worked so hard to build this location and it was a great move that I felt so blind going into.
Here we are, celebrating 10 years as a salon.  I am so humbled at all of the amazing women (and man) I get to work with.  I am so honored to learn from each one of them. They inspire me to learn new things and see people and ideas in new ways.  What an incredible blessing they are!  Also, all of our amazing clients have carried us along. Where would we be without our beautiful clients?!  We are excited to celebrate 10 years of being so blessed! Thank you.”
-Morgan

          

Another way we would like to give through the year of giving, is through supporting our very own Chelsea. Chelsea is one of our shampoo techs and helps keep the salon running smoothly! She has been called to missions and is raising money to go to Haiti for the summer. She needs to raise 3,100, so lets get her there! Ways to help and give:

  • Book a scalp massage with Chelsea and all money will go towards her trip. A 10 min massage for $10!  Book by calling 205.995.2480
  • Donations can be received after appointments at the front desk.
  • You can make a donation through her GoFundMe website.
  • Morgan Ashley will also be matching Chelsea’s donation for the week!

Also, in loo of the big 10 we are revamping the blog and social media! So be on the look out for inspirational looks, day to day shots, and some behind the scenes photos! There are many exciting things to come starting this Spring, so stay tuned!

 Yours in style,

M.A.

 

All Things Wedding: “The Switch Up”

Jul03

We love all wedding hair and makeup styles and ideas! We are always open to what you have in mind and love seeing our brides shine on their wedding day!

One style we are seeing lately and love this refreshing idea, we are calling it “the switch up.” A bride wears one hair style for the ceremony and has an easy change up for the reception. Typically you would see a half up or full down style for the ceremony and pull the hair back for the reception where there will be more movement and dancing! Who doesn’t love the idea of having two looks for all your wedding day photos?

We had our stylist Beth give us a beautiful example of a switch up hair style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful way to show off your lovely locks, with or without a veil, and feel like a beautiful princess!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without changing the half up hair style, we pulled the locks up into a beautiful low wrapped bun. She is ready for dancing and celebrating without worrying about her hair!

If you are interested in a style that can be altered post ceremony, ask your stylist and we will help you make it happen!

 

 

 

 

All Things Wedding: Simple Elegance

Jun24

We wanted to showcase one of our lovely brides that we had the honor of doing her hair and makeup. Our stylist Courtney did hair and makeup. Photography is by Leslie Hollingsworth Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Things Wedding: Hair

Jun18

Bridal hair is an important part in wedding day planning. For some, it’s just as important as the wedding location, the beautiful dress, and the delicious cake. For one day, all eyes are on the bride and groom (but mostly the bride J ). Photos are taken the entire day and memories are being made. One of the ways to feel the most beautiful and have those photo-memories bring blissful feelings is having your hair look stunning.

As stated in our last blog post – the most important part of a marriage is doing life together after the wedding day. We don’t want to take away from the beauty of the journey of marriage. We are just a part of the story – making the bride feel as beautiful as possible. We want to help make the first day of marriage be a spectacular memory for life.

That being said, let’s go on the hair journey of a newly engaged bride…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deciding what to do.

You’re engaged! Yay! Celebrate…and now start planning. After eyeing your checklist for the 100th time, you come to “Hair.” How do you decide what to do with your hair? Pinterest and bridal magazines are not helping narrow down the options.

- What does your dress look like? Strapless? Sweetheart? Halter? One-shoulder? Your dress may determine how you wear your hair: down, bun to the side, etc. You may want your hair up to show off your shoulders, or if you have a lower back dress you can go either way. But don’t let your dress stop you from showing off your locks, there is no set standard for dress-hair correlation, it’s merely a starting point if you are unsure what you want.

- Is your wedding inside or outside? In what season? You may decide to wear your hair up as opposed to down if you will be outside in the summer and don’t want to get too sweaty. Brides are even going from down to up between ceremony and reception. It is a great way to get a couple looks in for your pictures.

-What if I have a veil? You can always make your hairstyle accommodate a veil. Stylists will show a bridesmaid or mother of the bride how to put the veil in and out so you can do it throughout the day.

- What if my hair is too flat? Do not worry! We use product, product, and more product. Your hair will do what we want it to! We can add body, curl, and texture as needed to do whatever style you want.

- What if my hair is un-tamable? We have worked with all types of hair, and we can find a style that will work with your hair. You show us your heart’s desire for your wedding day hair, and we will help you achieve that look.

- Who can I talk to about my hair? Morgan Ashley Salon offers free consultations with our stylists to talk through your desires for your wedding hair. You can bring pictures and ideas and talk through it all with your stylist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trial Run

You have made your hair decision. You have met with your stylist and talked through what you want. You have booked appointments on your wedding day for you, your bridesmaids and anyone else needing hair and make up either on site of your wedding or in the salon.

You are now ready for your trial run. The trial run is a great way to make sure you are satisfied with your hair for your wedding day and you can work out any details with your stylist.

For a discount service, you can do a minimal trial run to practice the “idea” of what you want. Or for the full service cost, you can have the exact hair and/or makeup for your wedding day. If you want the full service, brides typically will schedule this for a bridal portrait, shower, engagement photos, or engagement party. You get your trial run, and hair and make up for an event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting and coloring my hair

Scheduling your cut and color at the right time around your wedding is important. Most brides don’t want to cut their hair right before the wedding, so that it can be long and easy to maneuver for up do’s. But if you do want a fresh cut and color, it’s best to schedule it a couple weeks before your wedding day. You want your color to set for a couple weeks as well as not be too far out so that it grows out. Your stylist and our front desk can help you find the best way to prep your hair for the big day!

On the big day

You can expect time, effort, and attention from our stylist on YOU! Your hair and makeup is our priority. Your start time will be according to your pictures and wedding start time. Your stylist will be with you until your hair/makeup is done. They will instruct you if there is any touch up needed or veil instructions.

We LOVE our brides and bridesmaids and truly enjoy being part of your day. You will not be disappointed with your hair. Our desire is that you would shine as a bride and as a future wife!

Hair and Makeup for this lovely bride by stylist Emily Hurst.
Photography by Leslie Hollingsworth Photography.

 

All Things Wedding: Your Beautiful Face

Jun10

A girl’s wedding day is a day of all days! We all agree that the many days after the wedding is over and living as a married couple is what truly matters. But there is something special when the bride and groom can feel their best and celebrate the most as they commence their life journey.

Feeling beautiful is every bride’s desire. And we love being a part of drawing out everyone’s beauty so they can shine on their wedding day!

There are so many important facets to makeup application that we don’t think of in our everyday makeup wear. So having a stylist to bring your look to another level is always helpful! Your stylists will help choose the right color palette that goes well with your dress, bridesmaid dresses, and/or wedding theme. Each bride has the option of adding lashes for a small upcharge. Your stylist can help your decide if this would be right for your look! And makeup application differs with each person’s face shape and contours. Our stylists use makeup-contouring techniques that tailor to each person’s facial features. This allows for each bride’s beauty to shine in their own way!

Before and after – hair and make up by our stylist Beth

We want our brides to have a flawless look that accentuates their positive features and lasts all day. We use MAC Professional makeup that is perfect for wedding day wear. It has incredible durability and stays on the entire day. It responds well to flash photography meaning you won’t have a washed out look from light reflecting off the makeup. And since it is your wedding day, you will be in front of a camera ALL day and will want to have the right makeup!

We have two types of makeup application. The traditional brush application and a NEW airbrush application. Airbrush makeup application uses an actual airbrush gun. It was developed for those working in high definition TV, film and photography. It has an even MORE flawless look and greater results in photos, though both application types look stunning in person and photos. Your stylist can help you decide which is right for you.

Airbrush makeup application by our stylist Amber.

Our Bridal Coordinator, Haley Hays can answer any other questions you have and can set up a consultation with a stylist to dream with you about your wedding day!