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Christine Fitzpatrick knew she wanted to be a hair stylist the day she got her first set of foil highlights at age 11. However, not even preteen Fitzpatrick could have imagined her love of hair would take her this far.
In the years since she first discovered her love of hair styling, Fitzpatrick has become a master artist, educator, makeup artist, and one of the most sought-after bridal stylists in her industry.
Whether she’s working out of the Beauty Collective salon in Michigan, styling brides in New Orleans, or creating flawless styles to TV and movies, Fitzpatrick is an artist you want to have on your radar.
Fitzpatrick remembers becoming obsessed with hair at a very young age. As a matter of fact, her first memories are of cutting and coloring her doll’s hair in Birmingham, Michigan.
I was obsessed with hair, makeup, and fashion...I remember being really inspired by my hairdresser. I thought she was so cool and I ended up assisting her at 16.
Before she even graduated high school, Fitzpatrick was well on her way to becoming a master stylist. Soon after beginning to assist her stylist, she enrolled in a local beauty school but quickly decided to spread her wings and add another skill to her already-impressive arsenal.
“I found out about makeup school to do makeup for camera or TV and film in New York and California...so I did that after beauty school,” Fitzpatrick explains. “By the time I was 19, I was building clientele and assisting on TV and film stuff for makeup.”
After landing her most impressive gig at a major magazine, Fitzpatrick thought she’d made it. it would take another few years before she found her real passion.
Fitzpatrick is one of those lucky few who discovered her true passion entirely by accident. When one of her regular clients discovered she was a skilled makeup artist as well as a stylist, she booked Fitzpatrick to style her hair and makeup for her upcoming wedding. Fitzpatrick has never done bridal work before, but that first wedding would jumpstart the most rewarding part of her career.
“It wasn’t something that I sought, it really just happened,” she says. “I’m really grateful because now it’s half of what I do and I love my brides, and a lot of them are clients that I see in the salon.”
When Fitzpatrick is not creating stunning haircuts and spectacular bridal looks, she spends her time educating the future master stylists of the industry. Fitzpatrick has been a fan of the L’Oréal Professionnel brand her entire career, so she was overjoyed to get the chance to head to the brand's professional academy for her balayage certification.
“When I got certified at the academy, I couldn’t believe how amazing the brand and education was,” she remembers. “That was when I knew I needed to be an educator...That’s how it all started. Within a year or two I was balayage certified and teaching it.”
While teaching and weddings only allow her to work out of her home base in Birmingham, Michigan one week out of each month, Fitzpatrick dreams of one day opening up her own salon.
“I’ve always wanted to own my own salon, so I think I will end up going back to that and I would love to have one in New Orleans because doing cut and color is probably my favorite,” she says. “There’s like nothing like the energy of the salon.”
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