Have you ever watched behind-the-scenes footage of celebrities getting their hair and make-up done for a big, red carpet event and thought "I wish I had my own glam squad!" Well, if you live near Washington, DC, now you can. GLAMSQUAD just launched their service in DC (already available in NYC, LA, & Miami) and invited me to try them out. Here's what you can expect:
SCHEDULING YOUR APPOINTMENT
I booked both a blowout and make-up service with only two days notice. I did this from their website, but you can also setup an appointment through their app. After booking, I received a confirmation email with tips on how to prep for the service (nothing difficult: shampoo hair 15-20m before, leave hair damp, have outlet nearby, and clean + moisturize face). On the day of the appointment I received an email with the name of the two stylists that would be working with me.
I scheduled the appointment at my house which, to be honest, made me a little nervous. I'm somewhat private (I realize this is slightly ironic as a blogger), and the thought of two strangers coming into my home had me feeling a bit uneasy. However, those feelings were put to rest when I learned more about GLAMSQUAD's vetting process. Each qualified applicant is deeply background checked and goes through a thorough character assessment before joining the GLAMSQUAD team. Once selected, each person is then put through a rigorous 40-hour assessment program where their skills are evaluated by GLAMSQUAD's senior creative team. The two stylists that I worked with were so sweet and friendly and have been working in their industry for 6+ years.
Their website shows that a blowout will take 45 mins and make-up 60 minutes. So, in my mind, they would be at my house for almost 2 hours. What I didn't realize is that they work at the same time! My entire appointment with both services took less than an hour. There is a menu of styles for you to choose from. For hair, I requested something in between "the Weekender" and "the Off Duty" style - beach-y undone waves but with volume. For make-up, I asked to look natural but an elevated version of myself. Throughout the appointment I was asked questions regarding my preferences - questions like, do I want a light weight foundation or full-coverage foundation (full-coverage) and can hair spray be used (yes, please!)?
Photo taken by Tasha James.
-My hair stylist used all Kerastase products provided by GLAMSQUAD and a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer.
-My make-up artist used her own preferred products - brands like MAC, Smashbox, and Anastasia Beverly Hills.
-They told me if you find a GLAMSQUAD stylist or artist you really like and want to use them again, you can try to request them in the notes section when booking.
-GLAMSQUAD can meet you anywhere that's convenient for you - at your office, home, etc.
-A 20% gratuity is already included in the service price, so there's no need to have cash on hand.
I loved how easy it was to book my appointment and how quickly they worked. Would I book again? Absolutely! See more of my final look in this post.
If you'd like to try GLAMSQUAD, use my link for $25 off your first service (that's only $25 for a blowout!)
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Thank you to GLAMSQUAD for inviting me to try out their service for free. All opinions are my own.