Who likes getting their picture taken? Yeah, me not so much.

When the publisher mentioned that they would need a headshot for publicity purposes as well as for the book, I panicked a little. True, I could send them the one I already had. The one that’s okay. The one that I spent about 10 minutes getting ready for (i.e. running a flat-iron through my hair and applying mascara) only to end up looking pale and washed out. The one where I look stiff from holding my head perfectly still in fear that one perfectly straightened strand would fall out of place. The one where I look half evil and/or mischievous because Chris told me to tilt my head downwards while smiling and I overcompensated. It was good enough for a tiny pic on the blog and on Facebook but yeah, not for sending to the publisher.


So I decided to get real, grown-up professional headshots and take them seriously. I talked to my stylist friend, Ten, who gave me advice on what to wear and where we should take them. I then decided, rather than try to do my own make-up and hair and get extremely frustrated if it didn’t work out, I would go to professionals. Being vegan, it was important to me that the professionals I went to used vegan and cruelty-free products.

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Salon: Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry

My normal hairdresser uses vegan products but she’s very pricey and does not do make-up or work on Saturdays so she wouldn’t work. Awhile back, a reader had asked me for a recommendation for a vegan-friendly salon in west LA. I remembered hearing that Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry, a completely vegan salon, had opened recently in Venice so I sent her there. She had her hair cut and colored and had nothing but rave reviews. After I remembered this, I decided to talk to them to see if they would be up for the challenge.100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Salon: Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry

Carlynne Epstein, the owner of Wicked as well as the master stylist and make-up artist for the studio, was very positive and generous and  assured me that they would take good care of me. I even sent them a picture of myself from my wedding day to see if they could replicate the hair and make-up (I did it myself that day and in all honestly, I have no idea how I pulled it off because I have tried several times since then copy the look only to end up in tears of frustration) and she was confident that they could.

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Salon: Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry

Wicked is located on Rose Ave. in Venice. It’s a small shop, but very cute, stylish, and cozy inside. They offer hair cutting, styling, scalp and conditioning treatments, and coloring, as well as make-up application, brow shaping and facial waxing. All products used in the studio are vegan and cruelty-free and the studio’s prices are reasonable to boot!

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Salon: Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry

The women working there were all very friendly and made getting my hair and make-up done a breeze. I actually have a very strong aversion to people touching my face but Carlynne made me super comfortable and I never once got anxious about it.

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Salon: Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry

They did such a fantastic job. I am not ashamed to admit that I looked pretty dang great. Besides looking good for the camera, having my hair and make-up done so well also gave me more confidence during the shoot. My smiles were more natural and I actually had fun during our shoot. And I have to add that Chris did an amazing job with the photos. We’re both super proud of the results.

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Salon: Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry

Thank you so much to Carlynne and the team at Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry for doing such an amazing job and helping to make my professional headshots totally perfect!

Wicked Hair & Make-Up Artistry   •   405 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291   •   (310) 701-5248

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