Salon Etiquette


It is not everyday that a person can make money doing what they love and I know how lucky I am. I love my job and the people I meet. I just want people to understand salon etiquette from a stylists’ point of view and hopefully this will help answer any questions you may have when going to see your stylist 🙂

BE ON TIME: We book our clients based on how long a particular service will take and whether or not we can fit another client in during your processing time so when you are not on time, it can throw off the entire day and the clients after you from start to finish. We understand that some things are totally out of your control and it happens…but when it is a consistent lateness, you’re showing you don’t respect our time or the rest of the people who DO show up on time for their appointments. With that being said, if you are going to be late, please don’t wait until your appointment time to let us know this.

PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT: I would like to say this should go without saying, but unfortunately it doesn’t, especially for stylists who work from home or independently. If you do not have the money on you or in your account to pay for your services, you need to reschedule your appointment. You cannot walk into a grocery store and ask to postdate a check so please don’t ask this of us. When you pay for your service, you are giving us a portion of our paycheck.

TIPPING: You should always be tipping your stylist, period. More than half of what we are paid, regardless of whether or not you pay cash, has to go toward; booth rental, replenishing color, products, scissor sharpening, electricity, water, towels, license renewal, continued education, foils, gloves, brushes, etc… anything you see in the salon that helps it to function daily and our tips are that little extra that we can actually keep for ourselves.

PICTURES ARE A POINT OF REFERENCE: I personally love pictures as a point of reference only…Sometimes it’s hard to get on the same page with a client as to what look they want to achieve with only discussing it, so a picture can be a great thing.. (Pinterest is a great place to get them!) However, there are some things to keep in mind while scrolling through colors and styles you want, they are just is usually altered, they are not moving so you only get to see how the hair is sitting in that particular picture. Just be realistic when looking at pictures to show your stylist because they really can be an awesome tool!

TRUST YOUR STYLIST: We know your hair, we have experience.. so please, please trust our judgement! I don’t mean chop off all of your hair because we said you have the face for it… especially if you love your long hair lol but when we explain that going from dark to light in one day may not be possible, or your that your hair will pull very brassy, or the amount of work that will go in to maintaining a color/cut/highlight that you want could be a lot of maintenance, understand that we have the experience to know an outcome and just trust us 🙂 We only want what’s best for you and your hair!

DON’T ASK FOR DISCOUNTS: This is not only stylist related, I know makeup artists deal  with this as well. Having a business where I specialize in Bridal hair and makeup, I have gotten the email a time or two: “would you be willing to do it for such and such amount?” I will  never understand why anyone would think this is okay. Our prices are our prices and have been set accordingly based on our worth, our experience, our time…This is our art, our career! Think of what you make hourly at your job, now picture someone asking you if you could do your job for the next 2 hours for less than what you would normally get paid…you would tell them to take a flying leap! So, please don’t ask this of us. If you do not like the pricing your stylist/makeup artist has set, all you have to do is say ‘thank you I have decided to go elsewhere’ and move on, no hard feelings.

Talking with a lot of my stylist friends, I think we can almost all agree on the biggest issues we have dealt with over the years working, whether it be in a salon, at home, or freelance. This post is in no way meant to offend anyone, just for everyone to understand a few bullet points on salon etiquette. XOXO


Weddings by Maria & Sarah


Meet Sarah Selby (formerly Sheldon)…Sarah and I met in 2010 at a salon we worked at together in Hartland, Michigan. Her passion for hair and makeup was very apparent and her natural talent, drive to learn, and to better herself as a stylist and makeup artist is what made me want her as my right hand gal! We have always done hair and makeup for bridal parties (separately) but exclusively started working together in 2011.


Scrambling to find a stylist to help you with a bridal party is not fun! Not to mention, harder than you probably think! Not all stylists do special occasion hairstyles and it is even harder to find a stylist who also does makeup, and does it well! You have to trust them, believe in their work, they have to be able to do updos well and enjoy doing them—> which is a big deal because when you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, it can show in your work. They need to live close enough so the drive isn’t outrageous, among so many other things to be considered! Thank God we have Kourtney (my amazing stylist friend I met in cosmetology school) to be our third when we need her!

When I started Beauty by Maria as a freelance stylist/makeup artist, I knew I couldn’t do larger bridal parties alone and I knew I needed Sarah. When it comes to hairstyling and makeup applications, our styles are very similar which was an added bonus, making Sarah Selby the perfect co-stylist.


As a business owner, my name is on the line and who I have working beside me that day represents me and my business. I am loud, and sarcastic, and honest..I know when to take it down a notch and I know how to be professional because I take my career seriously. I have a passion and I absolutely LOVE what I do and my name and my work mean everything to me!

We would love to be a part of your special day, let us enhance your natural beauty in the comfort of your own home, hotel, venue, or wherever you will be on the day of your wedding! Whether you hire Beauty by Maria or Hair by Sarah Selby, you will more than likely have the both of us there to get your bridal party ready for your big day! For more info check out Beauty by Maria

Oh, and if you think our pictures look amazing, because we think they do 😉 check out Brittni Marie Photography   Kill 3 birds with one stone…Book Brittni as your wedding photographer, and Sarah and I for your hair and makeup!

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Wavy hair without the perm

When it comes to hair, every girl wants what she can’t have. If our hair is straight, we want it curly or wavy. If our hair is curly, we want it straight. Never happy, us girls! Well, my hair is naturally wavy…but not a cute, leave it wet and let it air dry, kind of wavy. It is more of a “I look like I just rolled out of bed” sort of wavy.

I recently had a friend ask me how to get wavy hair, so I sent her these pictures. I realize they aren’t the best quality, but I think they get the point across.

When I worked at the salon, we had a class on how to use these butterfly clips. They taught us how to get your hair wavy using only these clips, which is so amazing to me and was really one of me “How did I not think of this?!” moments.

I usually do this on dry hair but it does work better if your hair is just barely damp. My hair is so flat, so if I totally dry it, and use a volumizing powder after round brushing the top, I can get a bit of volume to begin with. Depending on how long your hair is, you will need at least 6 butterfly clips, or else you can just do a few at a time, it just takes longer.

I put them in like the pictures shown above, then use my blow dryer on them for about 10 seconds on high heat. Move the clips down the hair shaft so it will be wavy all the way down. Once you take the heat off, spray with a bit of light hairspray and un-clip them. Having hair as short as I do, I usually only need 6 for my whole head, obviously longer hair will take more clips.

I hope I have explained myself well enough! If you have any questions, let me know!! Good luck 🙂

DIY Dry Shampoo

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Have you ever used a dry shampoo before? I love dry shampoo because I don’t wash my hair everyday, so I am able to get away with dirty hair but not have it look greasy. The aerosol sprays can make your hair staticky and sometimes don’t work that well so instead of spending the money on a product you may not even love, make some from household items!
AND chemical free!! WOOHOO!!

What you need:

1/3 cup of cocoa powder (if you have dark colored hair)
2 tablespoons of corn starch
1 tablespoon of baking soda
Container with a lid or a spice shaker (cleaned out spice jar or salt shaker)
Blush brush

If you have blonde hair, leave out the cocoa powder, or just try mixing in a small amount.

Super simple, just mix all of it together 🙂 I put mine on with a blush brush by dipping it into the mixture, tapping off the excess and tapped it onto my roots. I rubbed it in with my hands, then combed through. I think a shaker would be easier and quicker but I didn’t have one. Either way, this is a great alternative to the sprays!