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Life and Work with Harley Chapman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Harley Chapman.

Harley, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been interested in beauty and hair since I was a little girl. I have a picture that I drew when I was about 8 years old of me working in a salon and doing someone’s hair. I did my friends hair for prom, played with hair color in the bathroom, and learned how to braid by watching YouTube videos. In high school, I started running track and cross country. I went on to run for the local community college after I graduated and when that was over, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to do and eventually decided to start beauty school.

While I was in school, I had a couple of friends that were getting married and asked me to do their hair. That turned into a couple more people asking me and it started growing from there. I fell in love with bridal hair and I did everything I could think of to gain some exposure in my area and I started working with some amazing local wedding vendors. I was able to make a lot of awesome connections that really helped me grow quickly in beginning. By the time I graduated beauty school, I had already done 10 weddings and had a handful of major print and online publications. I worked at a few salons after graduating but never really felt like it was a right fit for me. It was also really difficult trying to run my bridal business while working in a salon. So, last November, I opened a studio with my friend Cristina Diaz and my business really took off. It’s been absolutely incredible.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh, it’s been rough at times, that’s for sure! Being self-employed is difficult and amazing and everything in-between. I never planned on owning a business so this is all new territory for me and it’s really hard at times. I wouldn’t change a thing, but I’m really just learning as I go. One of the most challenging aspects of all of this has been learning to rest. I’m constantly on the go, I work a lot (sometimes too much…), and my mind is always turning with new ideas of what I should do next. My work is my whole life and sometimes it’s hard to turn that off and really be present. Something that has helped me is that I started taking every other Wednesday off as a “personal day” and it’s been a game changer. It’s basically turned into a self-care day (face masks, naps, playing with my dog, reading) and it really helps me to not get too stressed out and run myself into the ground. Just remember that the difficult moments really are just moments. It will get better – you will get better.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Harley Ann Artistry – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Bridal hair is definitely my specialty and probably what I’m most known for. It’s how I got my start and it’s been the basis of how I’ve built my business and brand. I am so thankful for all the women who have asked me to be a part of their wedding day. I have met some amazing people and made wonderful friends by doing weddings – it’s so rewarding. I’m coming up on 100 weddings and I’ve just blown away and so grateful.

Since moving into my studio, I’ve really been able to focus on hair color. Balayage (a.k.a. hair painting) is my absolute favorite thing to do. It feels so artistic to me and I have so much fun doing it. I have spent a lot of time practicing, educating myself, and trying new things. I try my best to teach my clients the science behind hair and that’s gotten a lot of attention. I started posting on Instagram more about how hair coloring works and people seem to love it! I’ve also tried to understand the client experience better and create an environment where women feel understood and listened to. I know that getting your hair done feels like a treat to most people and I want it to be an experience that they enjoy and leave feeling great about themselves.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
I love podcasts! I drive a lot so I try to make use of that time and learn something new. Oprah’s podcast, “Super Soul Sundays” is a favorite of mine! I also love The Anxious Creative (a fellow hairstylist) and “The Heart of It” by Estee LaLonde. This one may seem random but I also get a TON of use out of the notes app on my phone. As a business owner, my to-do list is endless so I keep track of tasks I need to complete and also jot down ideas I get during the day. Basically, it helps me to not forget things since I always seem to have a million thoughts running through my head!

Pricing:

  • Bridal hair- $165
  • Balayage- $150+

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Alyssa Ryan, Ashly McDaniel, Camela Dee, Lexi Moody, Emma Brandt, Jonnie Allen, Kammie Jones

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