Life isn’t always perfect, but your makeup can be! Salons by JC Spartanburg’s Maci Shepard shares her passion for creativity as the owner of her own salon suite business, M. Cole Methods.
What makes Maci a star in her industry is her ability to pull off a diverse variety of beauty services. From soft glam to works of art using special effects makeup, Maci does an astounding job of creating various looks for all her clients.
26-year-old Maci Shepard grew up surrounded in the world of hair, where her mom was a hairstylist for 10+ years. For as long as she can remember, she has had a front-row seat to a continuous art gallery of hair. Before attending the Regency Beauty Institute, her mother was her biggest motivator and inspired her to launch the career she loves so much today.
Makeup is the accessory for your face – enhancing the natural beauty underneath like a jacket complements an outfit. Up until about a year ago, Maci’s focus was mainly on glam makeup. It all changed with one hairdo.
“The first artistic or character makeup I did was at Regency, where I did a purple sugar skull to match the purple hair that I was rocking at the time. After that, I got into watching Special Effects Makeup YouTube tutorials. I created a mermaid on Facebook live last year and that turned into an entire week of Facebook live videos devoted to turning myself into all sorts of creatures!” Maci shares.
“For me, the artistic aspect of changing how your features look just by creating a shadow here or a highlight there is mesmerizing,” Maci states on her passion for makeup. “I could spend hours just seeing what works and what doesn’t and figuring out what I can use to make my makeup look more life-like!”
With Halloween right around the corner, the demand for spooky and haunting makeup looks is high. As a knowledgeable makeup and Special Effects Makeup Artist, Maci receives plenty of requests for Halloween looks – and inspiration is everywhere.
“There is so much inspiration for different looks everywhere! Fall colors make me so happy! I’m excited to see this year’s turn out for my Trick-Or-Treatments!”
Maci’s Trick-Or-Treatments are a large reason why her makeup and hair clientele remain loyal. She provides these to her clients to help them maintain their healthy hair in between appointments. Mixed in with her scalp massages tha she provides to all clients, Maci receives many referrals, as well. “They always say they tell everyone about my ‘magic hands!’, she shares.
Before starting at Salons by JC Spartanburg, Maci worked at a local car dealership for two years after attending the Regency Institute in order to provide a living for herself. A short time later, she realized she knew that she wanted to pursue her passion for hair and makeup.
By July 2018, Maci took a leap of faith and started her salon suite at Salons by JC Spartanburg.
“Coming in, I was really starting from scratch honestly. Everyone greeted me when I came in, they were so warm, welcoming, and beyond encouraging! It was definitely a moment for me when I got to step back and just breathe and know that this was the place I was meant to be at,” she shares on her first experience with Salons by JC.
Since then, Maci has worked hard to make her clients feel beautiful and at home every time they walk into her suite. She’s named her suite “The Cottage” because, with a faux fireplace, candles, blankets, and pillows, M. Cole Methods is sure to give you the most relaxing experience.
“I love seeing people’s shoulders relax and their faces light up when they step into my room. I want my guests to feel like they can breathe in the same way that I did when I walked into Salons by JC and said to myself, ‘this is where I’m supposed to be.’”
As far as future and personal goals for Maci, she will continue to strive to be an awesome stylist.
“God has given me a phenomenal gift and I’m just thankful for all the blessings that keep coming my way in this leap of faith I took!” she shares. “Leaving a full-time job that I was extremely secure in to follow a dream of making beautiful (and creepy) art on a regular basis and being my own boss and making my own schedule is scary, but it’s a great scary.”
Maci plans on continuing to provide not only the best looks for her clients but the best atmosphere inside her salon suite. “Beauty to me has always been a safe space and where I go to settle down and pamper myself and that’s how I want all of my guests to feel.”
You rock Maci! Salons by JC Spartanburg is grateful to have you as apart of our family! We wish you the best of luck in this exciting chapter of your life.
About Salons by JC: In 1997, Jack Griffey and Cecil Miller began their journey to transform the beauty industry one salon suite at a time. Like most young entrepreneurs, they started out with a big idea but had to learn how to start and run a business from scratch. After much perseverance and hard work, one year later, they opened Salons by JC in Dallas, TX in 1998, welcoming beauty and wellness specialists who were ready to break free from the traditional salon model. The company has since moved its headquarters from Dallas to San Antonio, where it continues to grow through franchising. Today, Salons by JC has over 90 locations in 26 states and Canada. For more information, visit salonsbyjc.com or salonsbyjc.com/franchise
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