Holly  Nazario
Senior Artist/Team Coordinator
“Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life”

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I am blessed enough to do just that!  Growing up I was not your typical girl who was always into hair and makeup, much less the girl you would expect to be working in it and loving it!  I had a hairstylist in high school who would tell me every time I would see her, to NEVER be a hairstylist! And I agreed, she seemed so miserable, why would I do what she was doing?!    

But as I headed off to USF for my undergrad degree in social work, God had other plans! I had no idea that the career I would ultimately come to be so passionate about, was literally about to be thrown into my path.  Thanks to a best friend who relentlessly dyed her hair every color in the rainbow, and eventually made me visit a salon with her to get it fixed on a dye gone wrong, I crossed paths with a stylist who had so much passion for what he did and convinced me I should too!  With my best friend more excited than I was, I headed off to the local academy to see what the hype was all about.  When I walked in the door, I just knew something felt right!  And from that day on, the passion became my own!!  

Now with years of hair and makeup styling and managing a very busy salon under my belt, a passion and excitement for event styling, and an even bigger love for making people feel beautiful inside and out,  I am truly doing what I love!

As a wife to my best friend, a mommy of 4 amazing children, and leading a team of amazing women doing what we love to do, life is full and rich!

And I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this team of ladies, that is not only called the Collective Creations team, but my friends! 

 

Monique AUSTIN
OWNER/SENIOR ARTIST

It started at the wonderful age of 14 when I realized I wanted to do hair. I started braiding hair actually in high school my freshman year, it was my way of being social because everyone wanted their hair braided at the time. By 2004 I got my braiding license at the age of 16 and told my mom I wanted to go to cosmetology school instead of college. So my fun journey began in that same year that I studied under my mentor for 3 years before I went to cosmetology school.  

After a year of schooling I finally got into the world of hair. It wasn't until 2011 that I got into doing makeup as well. I was told by my parents to be well rounded and not have to turn anyone away because "I didn't know how". But really getting into photo shoots and weddings turned out to be my favorite, I found my passion to go beyond the salon and make someone look and feel good for their special day!

I'll never say this is my job, everyday I'm doing what I love and am called to do and I couldn't be happier. And I'm so glad to be a part of this amazing team that I can now call family!