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A New Year Approaches.

Posted in Beauty, Hair, Pittsburgh Hair stylist, Styling, Uncategorized, Virginia Wedding, Wedding, Wedding Hair with tags , , , on December 27, 2011 by Elisha Evans Styling

I couldn’t let this new year start without taking a second to chat about how awesome 2011 has been.

It was in January (right after the Steelers won the AFC Championship to be exact) that my husband and I found out that 2011 would be the year that our family would grow to 3. Of course we were nervous and maybe a little scared but most of all we were excited. I thought for sure all of the waiting to meet the little one would make this year the slowest ever. Boy was I wrong!

The end of winter and all of spring zoomed by and before I knew it May had arrived! In May I got the pleasure of meeting brides-to-be Nicole and Ashley for the trial run of each of their wedding styles. They had a lot in common in that the both wanted to wear the majority of their hair down.

On the day of Nicole’s wedding in June I traveled to Plum and got to meet the rest of her bridal party and some of her family. It was an early morning but the day was really nice. Her hair turned out beautifully and was one of my favorite half-up styles.

July was a fun month too! At Ashley’s wedding I not only got to do some fantastic hair but I got to meet up with my friend Kristen (Kristen Wynn Photography) Ashley’s hair also turned out really pretty but I will never forget the colors of her wedding. The big blue flower that she had me pin on side of her hair was one of my favorite headpieces of the year. Even the orange shoes that her bridal party got to wear were perfect and very memorable!

I also got to do a few more trials in July. My good friend Elicia was getting married later in the year and another good friend Anna needed a trial too! Both of these ladies wanted their styles to show the classic touches of their weddings to come.

In August I was feeling very pregnant but spending the day with bride Becky and her funny friends in Somerset was just what the doctor ordered. They were hilarious and I look forward to seeing them all again in 2012!

The second weekend in September I was 37 weeks pregnant and it was time for Stephanie’s big day. I had met Stephanie a month earlier and her trial went so smoothly that I knew this wedding would be a breeze! This couldn’t have been more true. I’ll never forget having to stop in the middle of styling her mom’s hair as the tears of happiness over took everyone in the room and mom needed a hug from the beautiful bride.

It was ony 4 days after Stephanie’s wedding that my son decided that he was ready to see the world. I had heard many stories of what birth would be like and none of them really painted the picture for the way it would be for me. It was a long 19 hours but Reed was born at 1:48am on Thursday Sept 15. Seeing my husband hold our son was hands down, the best moment of the year.

I took the month of October off to get to know Reed but the first week of November was here in no time. It was off to Winchester, VA to spend the day with Anna. They day went so smoothly with hardly any nerves in the air. Anna’s bridesmaid and now sister-in-law’s hair stands as one of my most favorite bridal party styles of the year and the memory bride’s dramatic side bun still brings a smile to my face.

On Black Friday this year I got to hang out with Rikki for the day. Her friends and family were very nice and I was pumped to be surrounded by happiness and love instead of fighting crowds in shopping malls. Her cage veil was my favorite veil of the year. It really showed how fun this girl is!

The final wedding of the year for me happened the Saturday after Thanksgiving. One of my best friends Elicia got married on that day. I was lucky enough not only to be the stylist but the Matron of Honor as well. It was a fast day with so many memories. Seeing my two great friends become husband and wife was beautiful and I couldn’t be happier for them both.

As you can see my year has been full of many great things. 2011 will go down as the fastest year of my life so far. I’m a lucky girl to have a life full of so much fun and happiness and I wouldn’t trade if for the world. As I look forward to the next year I know it will be full of amazing things.

Thank you Nicole, Ashley, Becky, Stephanie, Anna, Rikki and Elicia for letting me be a small part of such a big day for you all.

Anna’s Big Day!

Posted in Beauty, Bridesmaid Hair Style, Hair, Pittsburgh Hair stylist, Styling, Uncategorized, Virginia Wedding, Wedding, Wedding Hair with tags , , , on November 7, 2011 by Elisha Evans Styling

I just got home a couple of hours ago from a fantastic trip to Winchester, VA for Anna’s beautiful wedding!

Yesterday morning started early for me as I made the scenic drive to Winchester. When I arrived at the hotel Anna, her friends and family were ready to get started. Everyone was ready to have some fun during the hours leading up to the ceremony.

I started by styling both the mother of the groom and the bride. Nora and Gail couldn’t have been more excited about their children getting married. It was really wonderful to see the two mothers so happy, supportive and calm. I used the blow dryer and a round brush to style each of their hair. After that it was time for the bridal party and the bride!

The maid of honor Kim was next in my chair. Kim has long, blonde hair. She told my about her habit to pull and twist her hair to sit over her right shoulder, so we decided to have her style lay that direction. I began using a tapered curling iron to curl all of her hair. I then pulled it to the right side into a very low ponytail. As I pinned the remaining hair over to the right it created some additional volume in the back. The end result was a cascade of curls and a glamorous side ponytail.

Up next in the chair was sister of the groom and bridesmaid Alicia. She has long, straight red hair with a swoopy side bang. She had a couple of pictures of her ideal style of the day. Starting with a deep side part I braided her hair along each side of her head. I used the tapered iron again and wove her hair into a mass of curls in the back. It was really a fun style and one of my top 5 favorite styles of the year.

Then on to the bride. At her trial, she told me about her beautiful strapless dress and how she wanted to keep her hair very simple and classic. Anna also mentioned that as a young child she always wanted a larger bun for ballet, so I made that happen for her wedding. Her hair was gently pulled into a very low sitting bun, directly behind her right ear. After placing detailed glass flower hair combs, the final outcome was a simple yet very dramatic.

After that, Kristen was next to be styled. She has very long thick hair. She brought in photos of low sitting, messy chignon styles. I used large locks of her hair and curled them slightly to build the style. Weaving these large curls around each other I created an elegant updo, set over to the right side.

Finally I worked with Ellen on her bridesmaid style.  Having shorter hair, Ellen wanted to leave some down but pull the sides and front into two french braids. I loosely curled the hair left down in the back to finish off the romantic look she wanted.

I am so happy that I was able to be there for Anna’s picturesque fall wedding. The day was beautiful but was hardly comparable to the love surrounding her from her family and friends. Congratulations once again to Anna and Nick! Thank you for letting me be a part of the big day and I wish you both all the love and fun in the world!

Anna: Trial

Posted in Beauty, Hair, Pittsburgh Hair stylist, Styling, Virginia Wedding, Wedding with tags , , , on August 9, 2011 by Elisha Evans Styling

I have been looking forward to spending the afternoon with Anna, playing with some ideas for her wedding day hair style and today was that day! The last time Anna and I spoke about her hair she was still undecided on a style to go with her wedding gown so I was really excited to see what she had decided to try today.

Anna brought with her a lovely veil, a few barrettes and one picture of the front of a style. As we talked about the back of her hair she explained that she wanted to keep things relatively simple and classic having a low bun or chignon either directly in the back or perhaps off to one side or another. The photo that Anna brought with her had a beautiful example of smooth lines around the face that would lead to the back for just the right about of subtle elegance that she was wanted.

We decided to use today as a trial to see how she would like the bun place to the right of center. As we started building the chignon, I got a little more playful adding some barreled pin curls to the top and sides of a bun. Letting Anna see that classic can have a little chaos too. The pinned curls also gave a nice resting place for a fun clip, one of Anna’s barrettes and of course her veil.

After we finished with the overall style Anna and I took plenty of time to discuss various changes that she and I could both see working for the actual wedding day. We discussed some larger barrettes to either accent her beautiful veil or to stay hidden under the veil till the reception starts. We also talked about a few ways that the veil could be placed within the style. So there will be some other surprises to add to the wedding day!

Anna is one of the sweetest people I know. I am looking forward to traveling to her Virginia wedding in November and meeting her bridal party and family. Once again, congratulations Anna!