Ariel Lewis Lead Hair Stylist – Melinda
We cannot say enough about our lead hair stylist, Melinda! Melinda and Ariel met one another working a wedding in 2011. “ I chose Melinda to join me because her technique, styling ability and personality blew me away. I had been on the look-out for the right person to join me for several months. While working weddings, I met several talented candidates. But Melinda stood apart from the rest. She has an amazing ability to listen to the client’s needs and achieve a look that remains soft and flows, yet holds in place for as long as my airbrush makeup can, which says a lot for hair! ”
Melinda began her career back in 2002 as an apprentice working at Signature salon in Ellicott City MD were she got her full license by 2004. She went right into bridal and event styling in and outside of the salon. By 2006 she obtained her Senior cosmetology license. Throughout her career she has helped hundreds of brides achieve the perfect hair style that speaks to their individual needs.
Melinda’s work has been featured in national wedding blogs such as Green Wedding Shoes and theknot.com.
Melinda’s work with Ariel Lewis was published most recently in Baltimore Bride Magazine.
1. When did you know hair (or) makeup was your passion?
I knew hairstyling was my passion right out of high school when I had been assisting at a salon for a few years and the skills came naturally and easily to me and I enjoyed it so I decided “I can do this as a real job” and I DID…13 years later here I am happier than ever that this is the path I chose!
2. Why the Wedding Industry?
I’ve always loved formal styling and the excitement of being a part of the “big day” for brides. There’s something so satisfying to me about making another woman feel and look her best!
3. What is your funniest wedding story to date?
Well there’s been years and years of weddings to rehash but Ariel and I recently did a wedding party together at the brides home where she had several pets hanging out while we were working and when Ariel tried to make friends with one of the dogs, it BIT her
it was hard to keep my composure! Of course she was ok but we certainly had a laugh!
4. Do you have a favorite product or product line that you use the most?
I use a variety of products from several lines but a few faves are Bed Head Masterpiece hairspray, BioMega Glow shine spray and Paul Mitchell super skinny smoothing serum.
Not only is Melinda a Bridal Beauty Expert but she is an incredible colorist and certified in lash extensions as well. Melinda recently took to the leap into self employment and we could not be more proud of her!! You can see her services HERE. We are so lucky to have Melinda on the Ariel Lewis Team where she shares her talent and passion for bridal hair styling. Book a wedding hair trial with Melinda through our website.