You can catch Laura Chihaia (@lalasupdos) teaching updo classes at salons and on stages around the country. After moving to the U.S. from Romania in 2006, Chihaia made a name for herself when she started her Instagram account in 2014.
Her following ballooned when she demonstrated her meticulous upstyle techniques on mannequin heads initially, then eventually on live models. We first meet Chihaia at a styling class at Goldplaited in Chicago in 2015, and we've been cheerleaders for the humble, funny, kind stylist ever since!
Name: Laura Chihaia
Salon: Lala's Updos Bridal Studio, Scramento, CA
Best known for: Bridal hair
Favorite apps: Facetune, iWatermark
I follow: A lot of people whom I met down the road and inspired me through their talent and journey.
Pro tip: I always post early in the a.m. or late in the night when people are resting and take the time to check their social-media accounts. Be consistent on your number of post and the content. Keep it clean, take time to answer the comments on your post, include some of the answers as far as product and tools in your caption, be original and innovative.
Favorite products: Sexy Hair products
How social media changed my life: Almost three years ago, nobody knew my name. I opened my Instagram account in October 2014, and the rest is history: My work got published in all the big magazines out there, I got to perform on all the big stages and hair shows, and I transitioned from working three jobs for nine years to working weekends only. I could say social media opened a lot of doors and opportunities for me and practically changed my life in less than three years. It helped my career tremendously.
The first time I was featured on MODERN SALON: I was first posted on Modern Salon's social media on November 2014 and published in MODERN SALON magazine in August 2015.