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Life and Work with Chantel Long and Katelyn Painter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chantel Long and Katelyn Painter.

Please kick things off for us with some background on the story.
Chantel started in the hair industry when she was 19, and her love of hair began with styling and updos. She was doing friends’ hair for dances while still in high school. After she became licensed, she began doing hair for weddings in addition to working full time in the salon.

Katelyn also started doing makeup at 19. She went to makeup school in LA. Once she graduated, she began doing freelance right away and naturally moved toward weddings.

We met through mutual friends and just kind of naturally fell into a groove of doing hair and makeup together for wedding parties about four years ago. We work really well together and I think it really makes the bridal party feel at ease since we are comfortable with each other.

Has it been a smooth road?
I wouldn’t say either of our journeys have been smooth. But I’m so glad I never gave up. It’s always going to be a battle but it’s always going to be worth it. Don’t let the few bad seeds ruin the journey for you. Just try to be better than you were the day before. This industry is always changing so you have to be open to evolving and learning new things as trends change.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
We try to keep it very realistic. We have authentic intentions and we treat our clients like family. It’s such an honor to be trusted by a bride on her wedding day and we do not take that for granted. We specialize in crushing it! We’ve got your back on your wedding day. We show up on time, we do everything in our power to have the whole timeline of the day go according to plan. Because we are friends, we also try our best to keep a good energy in the room, as wedding days can get a little hectic.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I would say the biggest barriers are lack of opportunities outside of the ones we create for ourselves. We are fortunate enough to work in an industry that doesn’t hinder female leadership. The beauty industry is so beautifully diverse.

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Image Credit:
Katelyn Painter, Tristen Martino

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