If you stumble across the site, you might be wondering who is this girl? Well, I am Hali Ballantyne, a long time beauty enthusiast who always dreamt of being the girl who turned heads when she walked into the room.
My hair has always been a topic of conversation. My sex was a surprise to my parents, and when I was born the doctor said "Look at that red hair!" to which my mother replied "Well is it a boy or a girl?!" and from that day forward people were always (and still are) approaching me to talk about my red locks. I think it's safe to say I was born into this industry, and I just needed to embrace it.
At 16, my first job was a sales associate at a hair salon/retail store. All of a sudden I was in charge of not only selling beauty products, but selling the right ones. After about a year at that job I realized I wasn't just selling beauty products but I was helping people to feel better about themselves and their biggest first impression - their appearance. Once college rolled around I took a break from the beauty industry but let me tell you I missed it. Once again, I was spending my nights and weekends watching tutorials and studying other peoples' hair and makeup so when I moved to Rochester I knew I had to find a job in the field again. I spent 4 years working to learn and educate at my new job while I finished college. It was a break and it was a really amazing hobby that I loved, so when it came time to leave I was devastated (lucky for me there was a gigantic snow storm that hit on my last day so I never really had to say "goodbye"). The first job offer I received after moving was at a spa as a front desk associate and shortly after I was promoted to Beauty Advisor / Makeup Artist. This is where I was so incredibly challenged. For years I had worked selling beauty products, but never in front of senior hair stylists, and as for skin care? I had never even approached it, but I pushed and I flourished and was able to learn from and beside some of the most talented people I have met.
After switching careers a piece of me went missing. The beauty industry had been my home for so long and I needed to find my way back, which prompted the start of Ballantyne Beauty. So here I am, writing to anyone who wants to hear about everything I know about beauty and skin care.
I am not licensed or certified, just passionate about beauty and everything it has to offer.
Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog, I hope you learn something too!