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The blow dryer and round brush are two of Angela Wakefield’s favorite tools at Make Me Fabulous. In her hands, they help create a nearly indestructible blow out, the finishing touch and a rewarding conclusion to the hair service she is providing.
“I love them because you can see how everything comes together. Giving someone a blowout that lasts a few days, that’s pretty happy.”
Angela Wakefield is one of the senior hair stylists at Make Me Fabulous. She graduated from Adirondack Beauty School in 2002 and has continued to educate herself throughout her career, completing such courses and certifications as the Ouidad Diva Curl, Martin Parsons’ Up Styling, Paul Mitchell’s Barbering, and has earned the title of Schwarzkopf Ask Expert.
As a Schwarzkopf Color Educator, Wakefield fields phone calls daily from salons all over the Capital District, Massachusetts and Vermont.
“Any time someone is having a meltdown because a color doesn’t come out the way they thought it should, I walk them through it and how to correct it (and educate them) so it doesn’t happen again in the future… I’m technical support. All of these funky colors that are in now, purples and silvers, I help them work through the formulas. I’m there for whatever their color needs are, from the most mundane to the most elaborate.”
Wakefield also enjoys the travel and background work involved in being a Schwarzkopf educator. She works behind the scenes of stage and hair shows, meeting such celebrity stylists as Kim Vo, the Schwarzkopf Professional Global Blonding Ambassador.
As for Angela’s professional influences, she says she really doesn’t have any one particular person she follows, preferring to garner her inspiration from the world around her.
“I go more off the style I’m seeing on my favorite musicians or Pinterest… I don’t really believe in trends although I know they exist. Everyone’s fashion is up to them. Follow what speaks to you… I feel like we are in such a melting pot of what’s cool, you can do anything and no one will think anything of it.”
Angela’s innate curiosity combined with a series of bad haircuts led her into the beauty industry. She started as an art major with intentions of going into fashion design, until a semester off led her into the world of hair.
“Friends would call and ask me to go with them to pick hair color. I’ve always been the go-to so to have the license makes it all the better… I happen to be pretty good at it.”
So “good at it” in fact, that clients travel in from England, New York City and Boston to sit in Angela’s chair.
Because Angela would prefer to work in the shop than on location, her bridal services are reserved for those who specifically request her. She particularly enjoys scheduling time with her regular customers because she enjoys developing that personal relationship.
Wakefield cherishes the friendships she’s built while at Make Me Fabulous, with her clients, the other stylists and makeup artists, and with Alayne herself.
“Working with Alayne is pretty fun. There will be times I have the music down and she’d turn it up and it would turn into an instant dance party… we feed off each other… we travel well together.”
When Angela isn’t behind the chair at Make Me Fabulous, chances are you’ll find her with her husband, three dogs and one cat at their home in Greenfield. She enjoys art and music.
“If I could go to concerts every moment I would. We own acreage, so I walk around the property with (my dogs.)”
Angela lives by several mottos, but leaves us with one of her favorite quotes:
“Learn from other people’s mistakes because life is too short to make them all on your own.”