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Meet Rebecca Mousseau of Phairis Luxury in Palm Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Mousseau.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rebecca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The love I have for my company and the wonderful brides I get to share in special moments with, is something I hold close to my heart. I’ve gained amazing friendships, had heart to hearts, listened and learned so much from the women I have worked with over the years. Some are high profile and some are not but they all have one thing in common and that is LOVE.

My mom told me I started doing my own hair every day at age 5 so I guess, I’ve always had a thing for hair styling. I didn’t realize it until I hit high school and a local hair salon was seeking an apprentice. I applied, got the job and I’ve been hooked ever since. I did a 3-year apprenticeship and received my cosmetology license in 2003 in Ontario, Canada.

I officially opened my Onsite Bridal Hairstyling company in 2006 and what a fun and crazy ride it has been! I started styling brides locally in Ottawa, Canada at the most gorgeous venues. The Chateau Laurier and the Lord Elgin were among my favorites with their old world charm and London feel.

I’ve seen so many styles and trends change in the past 12 years which keeps things exciting and enticing. Being an educator with the John Paul Mitchell team has also allowed me to see the fashion and business side of hairstyling while still being creative and honing my skills.

In 2009, I relocated to Palm Beach, Florida and I remember my drive from the airport with the windows down, the smell of the ocean, the city lights and the palm trees! There were palm trees everywhere and I remember thinking, ‘I need to live here!’ South Florida is gorgeous and unbeknownst to me then, one of the biggest wedding destinations in the world.

Locally, I work mainly in Miami, Palm Beach, Boca Raton and the Keys. The Keys are my favorite!! The crystal clear blue water and beachy vibe instantly put you in vacation mode. The people are laid back, kind and always up for a good time.

Palm Beach is very classic in charm and luxury. Hotels like the Breakers, The Colony, The Eau and the Four Seasons are among my favorite wedding spots among the grand estates. A lot of my weddings here are romantic and luxurious with a classic feel. The Flagler museum is also stunning and a work of art itself. Miami is completely different and I do a lot of eclectic, ocean front, party-like weddings here. The vibe is fun, celebratory and there’s always an add-on like fire dancers, belly dancers and party starters.

When I’m not doing a wedding locally, I am traveling the globe providing exceptional bridal hairstyling services. From glamorous up do’s to more relaxed looks, I am with my clients throughout their rehearsal dinners, the wedding day and their farewell brunches. I continue to style years after the wedding for family photos, anniversaries and special occasions and I’m blessed to see them through their pregnancies and children’s birthdays.

This past year has been exceptionally exciting because I launched my own line of bridal hair adornments. I started creating unique hair accessories made with Swarovski crystals, hand made clay flowers and gorgeous gemstones. Gold dipped aspen leaf necklaces and rose quartz bracelets were recently added to the collection. They can be found in bridal stores across Florida, as well as online and they’ll soon launch in New York and LA.

To say my job is exhilerating is an under statement. I truly love what I do and I’m honored to be blessed with the skill and creativity that keeps me booked with new brides each weekend.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it’s definitely not been smooth. There were many times, I wanted to quit and start something else. As a business owner, you seriously never stop. You can’t clock out and say I’ll see you in a few days. There is always a client that needs something last minute or an inquiry that can’t wait. Schedules and timelines have to be made and the emails never stop. My first several years in the wedding industry were learning experiences for me and they still are today.

I’ve learned through the years that this is not a hobby or just something I do for fun. This is a business and has to be treated like one. I’ve learned some people will take advantage of you and push you as far as they can while expecting everything for nothing.

One of my biggest struggles is trying to do it all and I’ve learned that you simply can’t. There are marketing and advertising companies for a reason and sometimes talking things out with someone is the best form of problem solving and a way to generate new ideas and inspiration.

I’ve learned you also have to adapt easily to change. The wedding industry is constantly changing from new looks/gowns and themes to the software we use, apps and forms for doing things. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning as long as I own this business!

Please tell us about Phairis Luxury (Pronounced Paris Luxury).
I am the lead hairstylist/designer for my company. I provide exceptional onsite hairstyling services across the globe to my affluent brides. I also design and hand make bridal hair accessories and a jewelry line that will be launching in the fall.

I have several other hairstyling artists who work with me on weddings and I am always happy to teach them new skills and techniques.

I believe I am set apart from other companies like mine because of my professionalism, attention to detail, overall skill and genuine love for my craft. I have a natural ability (thank God) to create anything my clients dream up when it comes to their hair. Gorgeous. loose, romantic updo’s are in right now and they are effortless for me to create and I think potential clients see that in my photos and contact me for my skill. I’m known for my up do’s and creating gorgeous, flawless styles that look beautiful on my clients.

I’m most proud of the way I handle myself in situations. My parents always taught us to be kind and not to take on others problems as your own. When faced with a difficult client, I have always been professional and sometimes that’s very hard to do.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’m not sure I would do anything differently. Honestly, I’ll take the bad with the good because most of my bad moments were learning experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

The only thing I might have done is still kept my company running up in Canada when I moved to the United States 9 years ago.

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