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Meet Ashley Barnes and Tommie Michelle Rocha of Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Design

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Barnes and Tommie Michelle Rocha.

Ashley and Tommie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Tommie and I started dreaming as best friends in the 7th. Shortly after high school, I (Ashley) received my cosmetology license and started doing hair and Tommie started doing makeup at a cosmetic store. After a few years of developing our craft, we decided to join forces and became a hair and makeup team. We both had such a strong passion for making people feel good, and we worked so well together having been friends for so long. We started out doing primarily weddings, becoming local vendors at wedding venues. Gradually we got busier and busier and started styling for more red carpets, special occasions and became sponsors of some local film festivals. As we got busier we decided it was time to start adding artist to our team. Today we have an additional 7 artist working with us.

Having such an incredible start to our journey we decided it was time to give back to our community that so graciously gave back and supported us. We started to donate our time monthly to our local cancer resource center. We ran beauty support groups to women who have had to deal with hair loss during chemotherapy. At these support groups, we teach the woman about hair loss, how to draw on their eyebrows, sanitation, product knowledge and even how to apply false lashes.

Seeing what a difference in how these women felt after we taught them simple makeup steps, we were inspired to do more. So we designed a false eyelash line called “Dollhouse Lashes” that is a comfortable, non-detectable and affordable false lash that these women can apply to feel more confident in themselves. These lashes are now also for sale at www.beautbydollhouse.com and we continue to give back by donating a portion of our sales back to our local cancer agency.

Our journey hasn’t stopped there, we just recently opened up our first headquarters. A brick and mortar that serves as a home base for our on location services, our lashes and allows us to fully focus on our future and apply a positive experience to each of our clients.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Our journey hasn’t always been smooth. We have been so lucky to have a strong support of industry peeps that have reached out to us, believed in our talent and what our company stands for. We have had struggles as both Tommie and I have had children and learning what that balance between our families and our businesses are. We have dealt with some unbelievably crazy clients that have been frustrating and open our brick and mortar was probably one of the biggest bumps in the road that we have faced. We persevered and worked through everything along the way. We have an incredible team, and as cliche, as it sounds, Tommie and I have a remarkable friendship. We do really well at separating our friendship from business and at the end of the day, we always had each other to lean on.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Design – what should we know?
Our company is an on location beauty team. We come to a clients location of choice and provide hair, makeup and airbrush tanning services. We don’t just come and provide the service and leave however, we always try to stay and make sure your entire getting ready experience is pleasant and we help in any way we can. More often than not we stay and help pick out accessories, make suggestions in a photo shoot environment, help our clients get dressed.

What I am most proud about my company is my team, their talents and the actual people they are, are phenomenal. Our company hopes to spread empowerment, through our words, through our actions, and through our talents, We hope to make people feel better so they can spread the positivity amongst others in the community. I think this sets us apart from other hair and makeup teams, Because we actual CARE about each individual person we come in contact with.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
We are very selective about the type of person that joins our team. They need to be talented, educated, hungry for more education, kind and caring. I feel that each of these qualities contribute to our business and our success. Our talent speaks for itself and is the reason people hire us in the first place. Our education in different techniques is what keeps our talent up to par, our drive for more education is what keeps us humble and keeps or talents strong as beauty trends change. Our kindness and compassion contribute to how people walk away from their experience with us, Feeling complete, happy, enriched and beautiful, giving the client the reasoning to use our services again.

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Image Credit:
Weddings by Lex
Cean One Photography
Shane and Laura Photography
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