Susannah Willey

Cosmetology Student

I’m a student at Aveda Fredric’s Institute in West Chester, Ohio. Originally from West Virginia, I moved to Ohio three years ago and changed my career path. I work at Jungle Red Salon in Miamisburg. Inspiration from those I’ve met in the salon and my creative background led me to do cosmetology. I graduated high school in August of 2018 and began school at AFI in November.

Current Favorite Color

Out of the Box Balayage

End Of Summer Rehab

Hair Health

It’s so important to feed your hair the moisture and protein it needs.
After scorching your strands in the summer sun, grab a good mask. Hair conditioning treatments and masks are great to use about twice a week until your hair looks and feels beautiful again.
One of my all time favorites is the Source Essentielle Nourishing Mask.
A little goes a long way! You’ll only need a dime size, as this product packs a punch.

A Personal Post

One Year With My Molly

Celebrating Gotcha Day! Molly has officially been with our family for a year. Molly is a golden doodle, and has a beautiful copper coat. She is still in her puppy stage, and is very energetic. She is basically my third sister.

Our First Day Together

Love at first sight! She matched our excitement to meet her for the first time.

Picture Day With Mom

You can see where she gets her looks. ;)

Big Energy & Big Sleeps

Molly always takes a mid morning nap, an afternoon nap, and it’s bedtime by 9. Every other portion of the day is playtime.

Makeup & Me

Keep It Simple

When I do my makeup for work or school, I like to do as little as possible. Personally, I don’t like the feeling of having a lot of makeup on. Additionally, I have false lashes and focus a lot on skincare, so I use makeup as a way to enhance my face rather than a way to fix it.

I have a few favorites that I stick to. I think everyone should have a good concealer, blush, bronzer, and lip gloss. Just those few staples will bring color to your face, cover any blemishes, and add some pizzazz to your lips. Having fewer steps in your makeup routine will make the process so much less stressful and time consuming.

Click the link below to see how I do my daily makeup.

Fall Fashion Colors

Fiery Plum

Hot Tool Styling

Prep & Prime

When using hot tools to style your hair, it is so important to prep your hair. Always use a heat protectant! Putting heat on your hair (blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc.) will damage it. Without the use of a heat protectant, your hair doesn’t stand a chance.

I would recommend using a product when wet and when dry. While your hair is wet, using a leave in product will prime your hair for future styling and will make it super soft. My two favorites for prepping and priming my hair are Pureology’s Hydrate Air Dry Cream and Redken’s Iron Shape. You can find a link to the Hydrate Leave In on a previous blog post.

Iron Shape by Redken can be used on wet or dry hair. I prefer to use it as a follow-up to my leave in once my hair is dry. A couple spritzes in each section of hair will protect it from whatever hot tool you’re going to use. The great thing about this product is that it also provides some hold for your style. This would be great for those who are not fans of hair spray or product in general. Another bonus is that it smells great and gives your hair shine.

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Gray is the Word

Get Smokey

Beacon 2020

I’ve been selected as a Beacon Class of 2020 Student!
This means I will be flying out to Long Beach, California in January to attend ISSE and the 2020 NAHA awards. Additionally, I’ll be attending classes available only to the Beacon students.
The weekend will be filled with some amazing experiences and fun education.
Thank You to all those who supported me in this process and helped me to grow myself in order to receive this honor.

Goodbye AFI

Graduating Beauty School

I just finished my last days at The Aveda Fredric’s Institute! From November 2018 to November 2019, I’ve worked to complete the program. I’ve since tested and passed Boards to secure my license in cosmetology.
I’m excited to start working as an associate stylist at Jungle Red Salon early 2020.