2017 MODERN SALON 100: Amy Conley McManus @camouflageandbalayage
Say hello to crisp, beautiful balayage! Amy Conley McManus posts a plethora of perfectly lightened hair in clean, mostly naturally lit photos. We especially love her before-and-after photos and images showing the placement of lightener, followed by an always-lovely finish.
Amy Conley McManus
Location: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Salon: Trinity Salon, Fitchburg, MA
Best known for: Balayage and pastels over balayage
Most viral post: My snow angel (shown)
Favorite apps: Instagram, Snapchat
Favorite hashtags: #Balayage #Fiidnt #BlondeAF
Who I'm following: @prettylittleombre @lisalovesbalayage @catherinelovescolor @rochellegoldenhairstylist @brushedwithlove @romeufelipe
Tips to get the best results on post: Pictures should be clear and bright. Focused on the hair. Too much blurring takes away from the picture. Busy backgrounds compete too much. If you don't see the hair first no one else will either. Before and After photos should be as consistent as lighting allows.
Favorite professional beauty products: I'm a Paul Mitchell girl. My go-tos for blowing out hair are in the Awapuhi Wild Ginger line. Styling Treatment Oil, Hydrocream Whip and Thermal Styling, Hot off the Press and Hold Me Tight Spray for prepping hair for curling. I'm loving the new Paul Mitchell Neon Sugar Spray for texture.
How social media changed my life: Social media has allowed me to form friendships with artists from across the country that I never would have been lucky enough to meet otherwise. All of the information artists share helps me to keep growing and pushing myself to get better and better. I started on Instagram just a year ago. I had no understanding of social media whatsoever. I had just over 400 last year at this time. Because of how quickly my IG account grew, I have started teaching classes on how I balayage. I'm so grateful for the opportunities it has given me to share my passion with fellow artists and for the exposure someone like me from a small town, would have never received otherwise.