Vendor Spotlight | Haley Reese with The Golden Vanity

Vendor Spotlights

Hi there friends!! Today is the first post of many in a blog series we have been wanting to do for ages – Vendor Spotlights! One of the things we love about our job is that we get the opportunity to meet so many incredibly talented creatives and small business owners. Forming these sweet relationships with each one of them has been such a highlight for us and we can’t keep them to ourselves anymore! So every now and again lookout for a new spotlight featuring one of our favorite vendors in and around the greater Toledo area!

Today we are SUPER excited to introduce you Haley Reese, cosmetologist extroaainair and owner of The Gold Vanity in downtown Bowling Green. We asked her a few questions to help all our brides and future brides out a bit when thinking about their wedding day hair – so keep scrolling!

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1. Tell us a bit of your story!

Hey Friends, my name is Haley Reese and I was so excited when Tim & Kylee asked me to be a spotlight vendor. Before becoming a stylist I have always had a passion for the beauty industry, and growing up I used to tag along with my grandmother to her weekly beauty shop appointments. Of course, after her appointments I wanted to “play” beauty shop. My grandmother would lay a towel down on her sink, I would lay across her gold speckled vanity, and she would shampoo my hair. As I got older my friends started asking me to style their hair before homecoming or prom, and that is when I knew cosmetology was something I wanted to pursue. Now here I am a stylist seven years later and I own The Golden Vanity in Downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. Opening a salon was always a dream of mine, but never did I think at age 23 I would be on the verge of opening a business. I completely stumbled upon the opportunity by chance. In May of 2015 I was involved in a car accident and due to the accident I needed a rental car. My mom and I drove to Bowling Green to pick it up and as we stoped at the light on the corner of Main and Wooster was when I saw it. A previous salon was moving locations and the space was up for lease. It was like my grandmother, who past in November 2014, was saying, “Hello! Haley…I want you to have this.” Hints The Golden Vanity…

2. What is the best way to start prepping your hair to be its healthiest for the wedding day?

This is one of my favorite questions to get from a bride. Around 6-8 months prior to your wedding day you should meet up with your stylist to start creating a bridal beauty timeline. In this timeline you talk about your hair colors, haircuts, conditioning treatments, and of course the wedding. Keeping up on your beauty services with your stylist will allow you to achieve your desired wedding look and keep the condition + integrity of your hair looking flawless.

3. Whats your current favorite wedding day hair trend?

I would have to say my favorite wedding day hair trends would have to be the more simple boho looks. Between the flower crowns and lose hairstyle I just cannot get enough.

4. How to decide between wearing your hair up or down for the wedding day?

Here are a few different ways to decide between having an up style or a down style. One of the biggest ways is the detail and style of the dress. For instance, if the dress has an open or super detailed back you would want to wear your hair up. That way your not covering the beautiful dress. Then girls that have a sweetheart neckline with no straps tend to gravitate more towards a down style to cover there shoulders, and not leaving their décolletage/chest as exposed.


5. What’s your favorite part of your job?

Ooh, I love getting this question too! There are honestly so many reasons I love being a cosmetologist. I love…the look a guest gives you when you finish their service + getting to meet new people + the conversations you have with your regular guests. The atmosphere is a big one for me, because in our salon it doesn’t matter whose “client” you are. What matters is the interaction all of us stylist get to have with each guest that walks through the door. This might sound bias, but we are complemented daily on how people feel at “home” when they come to us. That right there gets me in the feels.


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