Rhyan Townsend | Hair and Makeup

central coast wedding hair and makeup rhyan townsend


Rhyan is a super awe­some San Luis Obispo styl­ist who does hair & make up on loca­tion as well as works out of Blue Bird Salon. I’ve known her for years and her easy going demeanor  while she works is both com­fort­ing and encour­ag­ing to her clients and the ven­dors she works with. She has a beau­ti­ful heart and amaz­ing style. Enjoy her interview!

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central coast wedding hair and makeup rhyan townsend

How did you get started in doing what you do?
Hair and makeup had always been a hobby of mine. When I was in high school I use to sit in my bath­room and try to do my makeup like the girls in the mag­a­zines. I would wash my face and do it over and over! I did my friend’s hair for proms and for­mals, and in col­lege I started col­or­ing my room­mates hair. After I grad­u­ated from col­lege I struggeled to fig­ure out what I was pas­sion­ate about; I had done a friend’s hair and makeup for her wed­ding and her hus­band sug­gested I attend beauty school. A light bulb went off, I took a tour of The Paul Mitchell School in Santa Bar­bara and fell in love. My pas­sion has been grow­ing every since. Some­times oth­ers see things in you that you can’t see yourself.

Do you con­sider what you do as an art form? (if so… explain)
Absolutely! I take a paint­ing class once a week and cre­at­ing hair and makeup looks are so sim­i­lar, just a dif­fer­ent can­vas! One of my favorite things about this art form is that you can re-invent some­one in a only a few hours by sim­ply styling their hair dif­fer­ently and apply­ing dif­fer­ent tech­niques for makeup. It is the most reward­ing feel­ing to know that you’ve helped some­one feel beau­ti­ful about them­selves. I con­sider myself to be more in the Empow­er­ment busi­ness than the Beauty business.

Who or what con­tin­ues to inspires you?
I find inspi­ra­tion in so many places: music, nature, art, love. I am also inspired by my incred­i­bly tal­ented co work­ers and my men­tor, Sun­nie Brook Jones. They are all so eager to share their knowl­edge and pas­sion, it is inspir­ing just to watch them create.

What makes your busi­ness unique?
I believe my busi­ness is unique in that it is a bal­ance of cre­ativ­ity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Cre­at­ing unique looks and being on top of trends is so impor­tant, but so is depend­abil­ity and punc­tu­al­ity. I strive to be detail ori­ented in all facets of my business.

How would you describe your ideal cou­ple?
My ideal cou­ple has uncon­di­tional love for each other, are gen­uine, kind and patient, and still find time to have fun!

Central Coast wedding hair and makeup by Rhyan Townsend photo by Ken Kienow

Favorite part of a wed­ding?
My favorite part of wed­dings is when the brides see’s her­self for the first time with her com­plete look. I love the joy women feel when they real­ize what a beau­ti­ful bride they are.

Why do you… do what you do?
I do hair and makeup because I love help­ing oth­ers feel con­fi­dent. Some­thing as sim­ple as a hair­cut or a new lip­stick can often give you an extra pep in your step.

First music album you ever bought?
Janet Jackson’s “The Vel­vet Rope”

Favorite movie or doc­u­men­tary?
I recently watched the doc­u­men­tary “Waste­land”, a film about artist Vik Muniz who cre­ates art with the help of scav­engers of recy­clables who work at one of the world’s largest land­fills in Brazil. It is truly inspir­ing to see some­one use their cre­ative tal­ents to help oth­ers. It’s a must see!!

Song that makes you want to dance like nobody’s watch­ing?
It’s a lit­tle embar­rass­ing but every time “Fire Burn­ing” by Sean Kingston comes on I break out the run­ning man…

How do you nor­mally begin your day?
At the gym with my beau­ti­ful co worker/friend Jan­ina. I love our morn­ing rou­tine together!

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Paint­ing, sewing, cook­ing, camp­ing, ski­ing, read­ing, spend­ing time with friends and family.

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Do you col­lect any­thing?
I col­lect wine corks: I write the date and a bit about what we were doing when we drank the wine on the cork. They make the best keep sakes; my hus­band and I turned our col­lec­tion into gar­lands for our Christ­mas tree so every year we get to look back at all of our wino mem­o­ries! My favorite cork says “Went For a Run.”

Tell us about your first job?
My first job was at a smoothie shop in high school. I was beyond excited when I got the job and I still drink a smoothie for break­fast every morning!

What would you say is your great­est accom­plish­ment?
My great­est accom­plish­ment is the life I’m build­ing with my hus­band. I am so proud of every­thing we have worked towards in only four years of mar­riage. I am blessed to have him by my side and I can’t wait to see what else we can accom­plish together!

How do you sign off on emails?
Best, Rhyan

If you moved to a for­eign coun­try, which one & why?
That is a hard ques­tion! Every coun­try has such a unique and excit­ing cul­ture, but I would have to choose Italy. You just can’t beat their food or their fashion.

If you were an ani­mal, what would you be?
I would be my own dog because she is S.P.O.I.L.E.D.

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If you were in a band, what instru­ment would you play?
The accor­dion! I tried to hire an accor­dion player for my wed­ding but appar­ently there is a short­age of them on Maui.

Ok, tell us your Nickname(s)?
Rhy Lo, it’s my diva name.

Tell us one thing few peo­ple know about you?
I secretly wish I was a con­tes­tant on So You Think You Can Dance

Wed­ding trend that your lov­ing right now?
Bright lips! I’m obsessed! Such a fun and flirty way to add inter­est to your wed­ding makeup.

Read the book or watch the movie?

central coast wedding hair and makeup rhyan townsend cameron ingalls photography

central coast wedding hair and makeup rhyan townsend cameron ingalls photography

Stranded on a desert island… list three things you’d bring with you?
1. A good book
2. Tan­ning Oil
3. My bikini with the yel­low tas­sels (you need to look good when the res­cue team arrives)

Tell us your favorite song or band (new or old)… right now?
Every morn­ing when I’m get­ting ready I lis­ten to the Jimi Hen­drix, Lynard Sky­nard, or Pink Floyd Pan­dora stations.

Favorite quote?
“A girl should be two things: Classy and Fab­u­lous.“
–Coco Chanel

What chore do you absolutely HATE doing?
Tak­ing out the trash, too stinky

What sound do you love?
My hus­bands voice, espe­cially on the ridicu­lous voice mails he leaves me all the time! He has an end­less list of alter-egos and fake accents he uses. Some­times he prank calls the salon and con­fuses the recep­tion­ist, it’s pretty funny.

central coast wedding hair and makeup rhyan townsend

If and when it hap­pens… what do you want peo­ple to remem­ber you by?
In death, as in life, I want to be remem­bered as a good per­son; some­one who was kind and gen­er­ous and encour­aged others.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I am still fig­ur­ing this one out and I turned 29 yes­ter­day. I think the con­clu­sion I’ve reached is that I’m never going to grow up.

What would you title the auto­bi­og­ra­phy of your life?
“I’ll Rock your Face Off” by Rhyan Van Roze­boom Townsend

What’s the hard­est thing you’ve ever had to do?
By far the hard­est thing I have done is stand by and watch some­one I love dearly strug­gle and not be able to do any­thing for them.

Central Coast wedding hair and makeup by Rhyan Townsend photo by Erin Milnik


Whats the great­est gift you’ve ever given or received?
The great­est gift I’ve ever received is the uncon­di­tional love and sup­port from my par­ents. They are both my heroes. I admire them greatly and I am the per­son I am today because of them.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

What’s in the top 5 of your bucket list?
1. Travel to every coun­try once
2. Attend Fash­ion Week in NYC
3. Own my own salon
4. Cre­ate a fam­ily
5. Learn to break dance

Tell us some­thing you learned last week?
Last week I learned that if your bicy­cle is unusu­ally hard to ride, you should prob­a­bly check to see if you have two flat tires…

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