Get a haircut at least every 4 months. This helps keep your ends fresh and rids any split ends.
As a part of our series about “Five Things Anyone Can Do To Have Fabulous Hair”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Carly Bethel.
With a passion for helping others feel their best and be at their most confident, Carly Bethel took a leap of faith that resulted in living her hairstyling dream by giving her clients red carpet moments everyday.
After growing up in beautiful Boise, Idaho, Bethel packed up her life and moved to Southern California where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in marketing and attended cosmetology school at Vidal Sassoon. Soon after, Bethel earned a position assisting world-renowned celebrity hairstylists and she traveled the world styling hair. After gaining experience and knowledge from her mentors, Bethel was able to open her own hair studio in Los Angeles where she built a celebrity and influencer clientele of her own that included Sophia Bush, Marianna Hewitt, Jenna Dewan, Lucy Hale, Chrissy Teigen, Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Culpo, and Bella Hadid.
Working with some of the most influential celebrities in the industry, Bethel is on the cutting edge of the newest trends and best techniques for her clients. She specializes in hair cuts, styling and hair extensions, and not only will Bethel give you your best look yet, she’ll also teach you how to maintain your style between salon visits.
Now Bethel is bringing her talents to Nashville, Tennessee with the opening of Vol. II Hair Studio, a hair studio that’s as chic as it is welcoming in the heart of Music City! From celebrating every day to life’s biggest occasions, Vol. II Hair Studio is your #1 choice for all things hair.
When she is not chasing her dreams or her toddler, you will find Bethel hiking, listening to podcasts, or catching the sunset with her husband with a Mezcal Margarita in hand.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’ve always been the girl that did everyone’s hair growing up. I had a natural talent and I loved it. So after I graduated with my Marketing Degree. I went to Cosmetology school in order to do hair professionally! I lived in LA, so I wanted to tap into all the different avenues of hairstyling. I assisted at a hair salon to get my foundation, and then I assisted celebrity hairstylists to learn the editorial aspect of hairstyling as well. I still do both, salon and celebrity hairstyling because that’s what I love most about our industry. There are so many avenues of hair you can do that are ever-changing!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
I can’t think of a specific story, but one thing I have noticed that is interesting is how connected everyone is. The world is small, especially the beauty industry, so one thing can lead to 10 more things! Like, clients and I end up having friends or experiences in common all the time. It’s really cool. Also, I was fortunate enough to begin this career with international travel opportunities where I was exposed to not only the intensity of fashion week preparation but more importantly, I was able to experience the different cultures, countries and styles in the places I traveled.
Are you able to identify a “tipping point” in your career when you started to see success? Did you start doing anything different? Are there takeaways or lessons that others can learn from that?
After I spent years assisting, practicing hair and making connections, I started to feel confident in my styling and entrepreneurial skills. I had a Marketing degree so I loved that aspect of marketing my skills. My takeaway is to never ever underestimate the foundation you are setting. The more you can pour into your foundation, the more skills and confidence you can have down the road because you did the work to gain that knowledge.
In your experience what were the most effective ways for your business to generate leads and sales? Can you share a story or give an example?
Referrals and photos of your work are key in our industry. Taking before and after photos to showcase transformations allows potential clients to see your talent. Consistency is also key, being consistent in the work you produce and the way you show up will help create your brand image. For example, for my clients, I like to do beautiful waves that last all night. Since I am constantly doing this look, those are the clients I attract. In turn this is what part of my brand is known for! Don’t underestimate consistency.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person to whom you are grateful who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Absolutely! I got the incredible opportunity to assist Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin for a few years! We would fly all around the world doing red carpet hair, bridal hair, celebrity hair and fashion week hair. It opened my eyes to a whole new level of hairstyling and hard work! Sometimes our own selves are the limiting factor and Jen really showed me how many opportunities are out there.
Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?
First, I would mention that like most jobs — at the time — it’s not that humorous when something happens but sometimes laughing is the only way to keep moving forward. Anyway, I think one of the moments was when I was living in LA, I had driven across town (which if you know LA is no small feat) to style a clients hair for an award show and when I parked, I opened the trunk and then it hit me that I had left my hair kit at the door of my apartment. I had to improvise and thankfully my husband was able to drive it over while I prepped the client and understood the style she was looking for. My main take-away was just to make sure you take a breath before leaving your house, or clients because sometimes we are so in the moment that we can be forgetful. Thankfully everything worked out.
You have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?
I am a firm believer that you can have and do anything you set out to do and it’s ok if the focus shifts along the way and the journey turns into something else. Also, I know it’s a cliche but you truly will never know until you try. So many opportunities appeared once I allowed myself to pursue my dreams. Creativity compounds, one idea or move leads to another.
Ok super. Let’s now shift to the main part of our discussion. Can you please share “Five Things Anyone Can Do To Have Fabulous Hair”. Please share a story or an example, for each.
1. Use a salon grade shampoo and conditioner and use cool water when washing your hair. Hot water can dry out your scalp and ends. I love Davines!
2. Do a deep conditioner from your scalp to your ends once a month to add extra moisture. This can help soothe a dry scalp and/or dry ends and adds extra shine to the hair.
3. Let your hair air dry when possible. Give your hair a break from heated tools. There are some great products to help when air drying hair like The Ouai Air Dry Foam, is one of my favs!
4. Find a trustworthy, talented colorist to stay loyal to. Color plays a huge role when it comes to hair health so you want a knowledgeable colorist handling your color.
5. Get a haircut at least every 4 months. This helps keep your ends fresh and rids any split ends.
Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)
A fresh blow out, mascara and a great moisturizing lip gloss! Having a fresh blow out adds a bouncy, voluminous feel to your hairstyle, mascara makes your eye color and lashes pop and a moisturizing lip gloss gives a gorgeous shine to your lips and helps moisturize throughout the day! These three things combined don’t take much time because let’s face it, there are never enough hours in the day but they make such a difference to making you feel beautiful! Whenever I am rushing to a client or a meeting, I always make sure I have at least these three items done so I feel great!
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
To substantially minimize social media use!! We all know that we are on social media too much and can get lost scrolling but I believe that we can be more proactive with how it’s used. If you are a content creator, post relevant information that will positively impact the consumers, such as tips and tricks or easily readable material.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
One of my favorite books to sit with is The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard, if you haven’t read it, I would highly suggest it. There is a quote, “you are responsible for your reality, decide what you want of the world, and go make it happen. No clarity, no change; no goals, no growth.” This has stuck with me for years. If you know me, you know I am a go-getter.
We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. :-)
Kate Hudson! I love her fashion style and would love to chat about balancing work, life and family. She seems really down to earth even with all your success and don’t even get me started on the workouts she posts!
How can our readers follow you online?
My website is carlyxhair.com and my Instagram is @carlyxhair
Thank you so much for this. This was very inspirational, and we wish you only continued success!
Thank YOU so much!