"<span title="Edited">Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower," Ortega writes.</span>
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower," Ortega writes.
"<span title="Edited">Every flower blooms in its own time, mine bloom in the winter," Ortega writes.</span>
"Every flower blooms in its own time, mine bloom in the winter," Ortega writes.
"<span title="Edited">Can’t have a holiday party without a chignon."</span>
"Can’t have a holiday party without a chignon."
"Everywhere you go.. shine a little more."
"Everywhere you go.. shine a little more."
"Because LOVE only comes in one color... PINK!"
"Because LOVE only comes in one color... PINK!"
"I think accessories should never OVERPOWER your updos and styles. They should be a compliment to the style, NOT the center of attention."
"I think accessories should never OVERPOWER your updos and styles. They should be a compliment to the style, NOT the center of attention."
"No words needed... let's just stare."
"No words needed... let's just stare."
"We love BIG buns! Anyone on cochella mode still?"
"We love BIG buns! Anyone on cochella mode still?"
"I think this is one of my fav styles for weddings. Side swept and volume!"
"I think this is one of my fav styles for weddings. Side swept and volume!"
"Mermaid hair love."
"Mermaid hair love."
"Are we sure Roses are red?"
"Are we sure Roses are red?"
"Fall is the Spring before Winter."
"Fall is the Spring before Winter."
<span title="Edited">"Winter is here, and along with it...my inspiration."</span>
"Winter is here, and along with it...my inspiration."
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"<span title="Edited">Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower," Ortega writes.</span>
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"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower," Ortega writes.
"<span title="Edited">Every flower blooms in its own time, mine bloom in the winter," Ortega writes.</span>
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"Every flower blooms in its own time, mine bloom in the winter," Ortega writes.
"<span title="Edited">Can’t have a holiday party without a chignon."</span>
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"Can’t have a holiday party without a chignon."
"Everywhere you go.. shine a little more."
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"Everywhere you go.. shine a little more."
"Because LOVE only comes in one color... PINK!"
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"Because LOVE only comes in one color... PINK!"
"I think accessories should never OVERPOWER your updos and styles. They should be a compliment to the style, NOT the center of attention."
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"I think accessories should never OVERPOWER your updos and styles. They should be a compliment to the style, NOT the center of attention."
"No words needed... let's just stare."
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"No words needed... let's just stare."
"We love BIG buns! Anyone on cochella mode still?"
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"We love BIG buns! Anyone on cochella mode still?"
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"I think this is one of my fav styles for weddings. Side swept and volume!"
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"I think this is one of my fav styles for weddings. Side swept and volume!"
"Mermaid hair love."
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"Mermaid hair love."
"Are we sure Roses are red?"
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"Are we sure Roses are red?"
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"Fall is the Spring before Winter."
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"Fall is the Spring before Winter."
<span title="Edited">"Winter is here, and along with it...my inspiration."</span>
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"Winter is here, and along with it...my inspiration."

Sara Ortega, owner and stylist at HairSpray Studio in San Diego, California, continuously blows us away with her bridal hair finishes and special-occasion styling. Her Instagram page, @hairspray_studio, is so stunning and inspiring that we just recently named her a part of our Artist Connective—a program that recognizes top stylists and helps connect them to the industry on a larger scale.

We first discovered Ortega when she entered our Slay Belles contest. Her updo work was so stunning and so on-trend that she made it through the thousands of entries and into the semifinals. Then she entered the second round and the judges loved her work so much it put her into the top 5! (Hint: If you ever see a contest going on, ENTER IT! You never know where the recognition can lead, even if you don't win first place.)

In the gallery featured here, check out some of our favorite work by Ortega, and then make sure you give her page a follow @hairspray_studio.