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We first fell in love with Sara Ortega’s work when she entered our Slay Belles styling competition. As a finalist, the San Diego-based artist blew us away in every challenge, and we immediately knew we had to get to know her more. Whether it’s a simple braid or an intricate updo, Ortega has definitely earned her place on the map for seriously stunning styling. We’re so happy to consider her a part of our MODERN family, and we can’t wait to see all she’ll continue to achieve.

Sara Ortega

@HairSpray_Studio

HairSpray Studio, San Diego

Specialty: Bridal Updos

Top-performing post: My glitter pony and the pink rose bouquet.

Favorite apps: I only use the IG filters to sharpen or bring light to my pictures.

I follow: @theupdogirl, @styles_by_reneemarie, @hairandmakeupbysteph, @BloHaute, @Caraclyne.Bridal

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Pro tip: I’m a big fan of captions. I like to write about the season, mood or the feeling my upstyles give me. I like my images to be sharp and have a lot of light.

Hidden talent: I’m an eyebrow freak. No matter how bad your eyebrows are, or if you have no eyebrows, you will once I’m done with you.

Fun fact: I can draw and replicate anything you put in front of me. I also do acrylic painting.

My audience follows me because: No idea!

How social media changed my life: I was able to participate in numerous contests and be a finalist of some. I was able to get noticed by huge magazines and brands.

My first @modernsalon feature: It was June 2018. I posted a picture of some festive buns. It was the best feeling getting that kind of exposure.