A wedding hair stylist who is incredibly easy to work with, believes each client is beautiful, and strives to make them look like the best version of themselves? Well, that's just the perfect trifecta, isn't it? The motto of Simply Captivating Salon is “Simple. Beautiful. You.” and truer words have never described a business. Owner Christy focuses on these three principles with each and every client. Her on-site, traveling mini salon makes it easy for her to come to you, wherever you are getting ready! Experience with all ages, hair types, and wedding styles has taught her that every bride has their own unique look, each as beautiful as the last. By approaching hair styling with a team mentality, Christy works with you to find a look that you'll absolutely love. During the trial – which is included in her bridal pricing – Christy asks questions, reworks styles, and even takes photographs to make sure you are 100% satisfied. Because at the end of the day, a happy client is her ideal client. And judging by how many 5-star reviews she has out there, Christy has plenty of happy clients! With her commitment to impeccable, personalized service, a sweet-as-pie disposition, AND some serious hair styling chops, Simply Captivating Salon is easily one of my favorites!
Cover photo by Caitlin Thomas Photography
Tell me a little bit about your business!
Hi, I’m Christy Pickell, owner and stylist of Simply Captivating Salon (also known as Simply Captivating Styling). Thank you so much for wanting to learn more about my business! My specialty is bridal and formal hair styling. I’ve been styling for weddings in the Pittsburgh area for seven years and absolutely love what I do; it’s my passion.
As a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner, “Simple. Beautiful. You.” is what my business is all about. My goal for each of my clients is to make their day as SIMPLE as possible by traveling on-location to their getting-ready venue of choice. I bring all the tools, supplies, and equipment I need with me to set up a “mini salon” wherever my client is. My goal is to help my client's morning run as smoothly as possible.
BEAUTIFUL: Every client is beautiful in their own special, unique way. When my brides come to me for their trial, it gives me a chance to meet them, and learn who they are. My main goal is to customize a look to enhance each client's natural beauty and style for their wedding day.
YOU: We all want to feel like ourselves on an important day, but we want to be the BEST version of ourselves. My goal for my clients is to work with them to achieve this. I want my clients to look back at their wedding photos and think “WOW, look at me! I looked amazing but I still felt and looked like myself.”
What makes your work unique? Why should brides hire you?
My salon business is unique because I specialize in weddings and formal hair styling. Most salons offer wedding styling as a side-service and mainly specialize in cuts/color services and I believe this shows in the quality of the styles. With over 130 5-star reviews on WeddingWire, 20 5-star reviews on TheKnot, and 31 5-star reviews on FB, I am so happy to know so many of my clients have been pleased with my work and have taken the time to share their experience.
In terms of my skills and training, I have been trained by two of the leading bridal/updo stylists in the beauty industry – Jenny Strebe and Stephanie Brinkerhoff. I have years of experience with clients of all ages, types of hair, and styles (braids, sleek, curls, etc). My goal is a to create a unique style for each of my clients based on their own hair texture, thickness, and desired look. That’s the fun part of my job; every style is unique!
In terms of my time with my bridal parties, I am often the first one to arrive on the morning of my client's wedding day/event and the last to leave before they leave to get photos with their photographer. My goal is to provide a high quality style that will hold-up through the day and evening. My bridal parties all receive a touch-up period before I leave to ensure everyone leaves me looking freshly done, even if they were my first appointment that morning.
What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client is a pleased client! I really don’t have an ideal client; I enjoy working with and meeting all types of people and using my creativity to create a unique, customized style for each person.
What is your approach to wedding day beauty? How do you determine what look a bride is going for?
My approach to wedding day beauty for my brides is two-fold. First, I approach the trial (which is included in my bridal fee) the same as trying on a wedding dress. The trial is to try out a style (or two) to see if that’s the right look for the big day. Then, I ask myself and my client these questions: What can we do to improve the style? Do you like how the style is photographed? Do you feel like yourself? Secondly, based on the answers to these questions, I modify the style to improve it and make it the best version possible for her. This process really helps my brides feel comfortable knowing that we are a team working together to achieve the best possible look for her on her big day.
Do you provide on-location services?
Yes, I am fully insured and specialize in on-location services.
Can brides arrange for a trial run?
Yes, I include the trial run in my bridal pricing and consider it a very valuable part of styling for my client's wedding day!
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