Today we’d like to introduce you to Candice Miklius.
Candice, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always helped friends with their hair, since Middle School. I always loved doing it. My little sister became my mannequin as soon as she learned how to walk. It wasn’t until I met my now husband, who is driven, ambitious, and successful made me realize “I can get paid to do this.”
We lived in Maryland for a few years after we met and when we relocated back to Georgia in May of 2013 I was already enrolled at The Georgia Institute of Cosmetology in Buford. It was the greatest experience of my life. After years of bartending, odd jobs and little education, I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
I quickly got a receptionist job at Princeton Salon and Spa in Buford, I made lifelong friends and learned so much there. It wasn’t long until I was approached to do hair for my first wedding. Now, only doing updo’s on my mannequin heads, and forcing my sister to sit still for years, saying I was nervous was an understatement. I was terrified. I was terrified in the greatest way.
40+ weddings later, my work life is surreal. Something so simple ( to me) as perfecting a brides hair, placing her veil in just the right spot, and last minute detailed curls on her closest friends make my day. I am part of someone’s WEDDING DAY! A day none of us will ever forget. I truly feel honored when I’m asked for my services. It never gets old. It just gets better, every single time.
Has it been a smooth road?
I wouldn’t say smooth, but I have been blessed. I suffered from my first ever anxiety attack the morning of a wedding I was scheduled to be at. It was the darkest day to date. It was my 3rd wedding, but it was the first wedding I did not book thru friends or colleagues, I didn’t know them, any of them, how was I going to manage 6 girls. Strangers?? What if they don’t like their hair? What if I have to redo it? What about the timing? I’ll screw the whole day up! I was so overcome with “what ifs” that I made myself sick.
I went to the wedding, on time, with no one knowing what I had put myself thru just 2 hours earlier, And for no reason. The day was flawless, the bride actually jumped up and down with happiness when she saw her hair. I’ve battled anxiety here and there since then, but I’ll never forget that day. I have more confidence now than ever and I ask myself “what if” a lot less. 🙂
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Bliss Formal Hair – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
In 2016 I completed roughly 10 weddings, solo. I made a Facebook page which I received quite a lot of traction from. I then grew into an Instagram page and now a .com. I recruited a family friend in April of 2017 who is an awesome makeup artist which has given me the opportunity for almost triple the business.
My greatest accomplishment thus far is doing my hair and my 8 bridesmaids for my own wedding in 2016 and that’s why I chose it as my personal photo. (1 bridesmaid not pictured)
I specialize in updo’s. Any type, if you have a picture I can make it happen. Or come pretty darn close. We travel on site, anywhere. We also offer makeup and hair trials that we schedule and make house calls to together. I have also had brides welcomed into my home for trials. I love it. As often as I dream of a rented space or location to have for the trials or even the day of the wedding, I enjoy so much being welcomed into a brides home or them in mine, looking thru Pinterest photos over coffee or wine.
We become friends and I think that gives them a sense of trust and openness with me and my makeup artist. Countless times I’ve had a bride say to me “This is my 3rd, 4th or even 5th pre-trial” it blows my mind. When I ask why they bluntly say they didn’t like it and were too afraid to say something. I hate that, for them and for the hair or makeup artist. There was no foundation of friendship or trust.
I want my brides to be open and honest, it’s THEIR DAY and I think we really help build that during our trials. My makeup artist and I both have day jobs and we move our schedules around no matter what. We adapt to their schedule, not the other way around. Our brides come first.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Atlanta is so diverse! It’s so busy and fast and I like to stay busy and work fast. And with almost 5 million people, well that’s a lot of potential brides for us.
- Bridal hair $95 is our highest rate
- Website: Blissformalhair.com
- Phone: (770) 256 – 5949
- Email: Blissformalhair@gmail.com
- Instagram: @blissformalhair
- Facebook: Bliss Formal Hair
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