Today we are highlighting one of our fabulous speakers for the upcoming Bridesmaids Boot Camp on September 18! Alison Harper, owner and founder of Alison Harper & Company, will hold the "How to Keep Your Friend Flawless" workshop. She'll share valuable advice as well as her own favorite products to keep the bride and bridal party forever fabulous. Read more to learn about Alison and her company!
Hello! I'm Alison Harper. I'm a mid-twenty something public speaker and entrepreneur. In 2010, I decided to open up my own business, freelancing hair and makeup artists. Since opening Alison Harper & Company, LLC in the Maryland area, we have expanded and have teams of artists in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Central Virginia. In 2016 we opened Let's Prep Salon; our first full service salon spa located in Laurel, Maryland. Our on location service providers currently service the whole of the East Coast and collectively I represent over 40 talented and very experienced beauty experts.
I am an advocate for professional artists and through my efforts I hope to help elevate the view and presence of the beauty industry. I hope to educate others and eradicate common beauty industry misconceptions. My mission is to bring to light, the beauty in the beauty industry!
What made you fall in love with the beauty industry? What drew you to it?
I have a real passion for making people feel good about themselves. There are so many parts to my job that fulfill me, from the creative elements to building connections with people. Each day is different and it keeps me challenged. I can't imagine doing anything else.
What makes you and your business unique? What separates you from the other hair and makeup vendors?
There are loads of talented professionals out there, I think the thing that separates us is our level of customer service. From the beginning we've created a system that supports our brides through their entire process. This level of customer care is pretty hard to find in the wedding industry and it is spread through each part of my business. For example we have a 24 hour email turn around time, a completely electronic booking system, we offer both airbrush and traditional makeup at the same cost [versus a mark up for airbrush which is common -we want our clients to choose based on their need not their budget], plus we have a system for matching our stylists and brides to be. Each member of my company understands the importance of a brides big day, so it emulates through our whole company.
What should brides/bridesmaids keep in mind when choosing their wedding hairstyle?
There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting a wedding hairstyle. First and foremost you need to consider the length and texture of your hair. When you've narrowed down your looks you'll want to consider the weather; will it be humid? Consider how your hair will hold up through the night. Lastly, I would consider the neckline of your dress. A higher neckline encourages an upstyle, etc.
What are you favorite products?
I am a huge Sebastian fan, I love Shaper Plus and Potion 9 as go to products for most upstyles.
Any tips on how to keep a hairstyle intact despite the hot and humid DC weather?
I think the proper products help. Making sure you use a humidity resistant hairspray will help fight the frizz.
Anything new and exciting you'd like to announce?
We just launched our prep packages! They are affordably priced packages that are perfect leading up to the wedding day. You can see more of them here: http://www.alisonharperandcompany.com/packages.html