STYLIST SPOTLIGHT: AMANDA CRAIG
Our mission at Harper Ellis Hair Co. is to support stylists in their quest for personal success. We elevate our hand-tied artists not only by providing them access to the highest quality hair extensions on the market but also in offering an unparalleled stylist support network and industry-leading hair education.
In this spotlight, we chat with Nashville-based Harper Ellis hairstylist and salon owner, Amanda Craig. Recently, our Founder + CEO was able to travel to Amanda’s salon to certify her stylists in the Harper Ellis Method! Today, we're learning all about Amanda’s career in styling as well as her experience with Harper Ellis hair.
We would love to know what’s brought you to where you are now! What can you tell us about your career as a hairstylist?
I have worked in the industry for almost 18 years. I have worked behind the chair my entire career. I love it — it is therapeutic to create new looks while helping someone feel their best. During my almost 18 years, I have worked with several artists and athletes, and I worked with Blake Shelton on The Voice for 8 years. During that time, I opened my first salon, Leigh, Edwards and Company, with my partner Derek Reynolds. From there, we opened Edward.Barber.Beauty. What a fun ride! I love change and I love growing especially within this industry.
A little about me aside from work . . .
I am married to a fellow entrepreneur so it’s fun to bounce ideas off of each other. We have a three year old and we are obsessed with him! He’s such a doll. We also have two German Shepards, so life can get pretty busy, but we love it.
What do you love about living and working in Nashville?
I love this city! It’s growing daily which means more opportunity. More than anything, the people of Nashville are just wonderful humans. I just love people and connecting with them.
Why did you choose Harper Ellis for your salon and your stylists?
Well truth be told, until I met Terra and experienced the Harper Ellis Method, I was not fan of extensions due to seeing the damage they can cause. BUT once I learned that it’s about the method along with the hair, I had a huge change of heart. The education and the passion around Harper Ellis hair extensions is mind blowing. I am very particular about what is used in my salon company and could not imagine using anything other than this method.
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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us this month, Amanda!
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