My first Vendor Spotlight is on Meghan Beeler.
How long have you been styling hair?
I’ve been styling hair since I was a young teen. Parents would pay me to do my friends’ hair and makeup for prom, homecoming dances, etc. Even in college I was constantly asked to do hair and makeup for different events, but I got started in the industry in March of 2012, when I went to cosmetology school.
Why did you decide to move to Charleston and work in the wedding industry?
I came to Charleston, specifically, to do hair so it’s been a great perk that it’s one of the top cities to get married in, haha! I styled hair for brides outside of school, on my own, but even in school, I was always doing up-dos. It’s just always been my thing I guess! It was my love for styling hair that made me decide to try cosmetology school. From there, I started getting wedding gigs through word of mouth, referrals, etc. I also started working for Kacie Faulling, who owns Lashes and Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup. So between the weddings I do myself, and the ones she contracts me to do, it’s mostly what I do outside of the typical salon services.
What was your favorite event that you have done?
Fashion week was hands down my favorite event to be a part of! I’ve done hair/makeup for different fashion shows in the community too, like the Nightmare on the Harbor, Halloween event at the Aquarium and the Art Institute show, featuring Rafael Cox from Project Runway. I am hoping to get into the commercial/tv world soon too, as well. Most recently I worked on Charleston magazine’s fashion insiders photo shoot for this years fashion week.
I was trained at Paul Mitchell, so I use those products more than any but I also like Kenra, KMS, Big Sexy, etc. Depends on the product I need, haha, I use all different brands for makeup, and have recently began airbrushing. As far as makeup goes, airbrush is a must these days! You just can’t beat the flawless look that lasts all day!
What are the bridal hair trends you are seeing more these days?
I mostly get brides who want a more tousled look or half up half down with lots of volume and waves. The slicked back perfect look is rarely requested. Also the biggest trend I’ve seen with brides is not wearing a veil for the ceremony, and opting for some kind of hair accessory instead. I personally love this, because although I think a veil completes a bridal look, it completely hides the hair!
Her wedding day trial run is reserved once she contacts me, but her actual wedding day isn’t reserved until she signs her contract and sends her deposit.
When should brides plan to do trial runs for hair and make up?
At least two weeks before the wedding is required, but this wedding season I am being booked months and months in advance, so the sooner, the better! Trial runs are always encouraged and with the deposit fee, the trial is included.
What do brides need to bring to their trial runs?
Brides should have several pictures of styles they want to try and be as specific as possible about what they want or expect with their hair the day of. I also suggest that they get their hair cut/colored a couple of weeks before the wedding which are also services I offer.
Brides can contact me personally either by email- firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 678.612.9028 I’m also on Facebook/Instagram and soon will be launching a website. I can send you my price list separately along with travel fee, etc. But a bride should contact me ASAP for info. I will also be opening my own salon soon, so be checking back for more details on that!