Welcome! My name is Mia Mangino and I am a Professional Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist located in Upstate New York. I specialize in bridal and special event Hair Styling and Makeup Application as well as client education. I teach hair and makeup lessons both in-person and virtually and am located in the heart of Ballston Spa, New York at Haven Salon.
My Background - How Did I Get Here?
My story is unique in the fact that my passion for my career has been there since I was about 12 years old. I discovered one very important thing; I always wanted to learn more and that has helped shape me into the artist I am today.
I obtained my cosmetology license through my high schools partnered technical school, Questar III. My time at Questar III helped me discover my passion for all things beauty. I had a passion for my soon-to-be career.
Questar's program had a mandatory internship during your senior year of High School. Immediately following my internship I was hired as an assistant on Saturday's at a local salon. Just two weeks after graduation I started full time in the salon. My position in the salon provided me the opportunity for a tremendous amount of training that allowed me to showcase my expertise on many weddings, professional photoshoots, production shoots and more.
My why is actually quite simple; I love my career. I love the people I get to surround myself with, I love the bliss of when someone truly feels beautiful and it is because of my clients that I love teaching others about my passion. My passion for this industry is something I strive to give others in any way I can.
Where I am Now
The opportunities I have been given in my career truly amaze me. It's a dream come true to be living what you longed for for so many years. I feel as though everything just slowly fell into place, but that wouldn't even be a possibility if it weren't for the amazing people I get to surround myself with.
Since creating Simply Elegant Beauty, I am delighted to say that my work has been published in multiple magazines, print etc. You just might also catch my work featured on multiple weddings and collaborative photoshoots.
I have continued to work with and learn from multiple well-known artists around the area and have become a Pro Artist with True Beauty Co, which is an elite collaboration of professional Hair and Makeup Artists specializing in on-location wedding services. I also have made my home at Haven Salon in Ballston Spa, New York where I can let my creativity flow and do my thing with wonderful people alongside of me.
Education is key and my nerdy love for all things beauty has kept me learning. I have been so lucky to have taken many educational classes throughout my career including; Mario Dedivanovic's Masterclass with Kim Kardashian West, classes with Colorproof, L'anza and Moroccan Oil as well as classes with Pro Artists Lijah Stewart, Felicia Walker, Danessa Myricks, James Malloy and Stephanie Brinkerhoff.
Through Simply Elegant Beauty I have also created a blog on hair, makeup, skincare and so much more. This blog was created as a way for clients, friends and family to connect with me on a personal level and access knowledge on all things beauty. Although, it's become much more than that.
Through my blog, I continue to create meaningful, educational content for anyone and everyone to access. Clients, friends, family, someone halfway across the world will be able to find knowledge on hair, makeup skincare and more! As an artist, I feel most successful when I have taught someone something they didn't already know. I always say that you aren't born knowing how to do your hair and makeup. Let a professional teach you!
Not only do I share education on my blog, but I also host classes in the salon, do one-on-one lessons, virtual lessons and so much more. I am committed to not only providing exceptional services when doing hair and makeup on a client, but also teaching you how to get professional results at home. In this day and age, how could we afford not to look our best?!
With that long big message, I welcome you to Simply Elegant Beauty. My 'hub' for anything and everything beauty I have to offer. I hope you stay awhile and learn a thing or two.