At Blush Hair and Makeup Design our goal is simple… to help you feel confident and gorgeous in your own skin!  Our passionate and caring beauty team offers an array of salon services designed to do just that.  From stylish cuts and color, to lush lashes, and elegant bridal hair and makeup, we strive to create a customized experience for each of our guests.  We only offer products that we truly believe in, have personally used, and are confident you will benefit from as well.  We proudly feature Kevin Murphy Haircare and Styling Products, Redken Color, Olaplex, Hotheads Hair Extensions, and Novalash lash extensions and aftercare products, to name a few.

Now that we have that out of the way, meet the Blush Hair and Makeup Design team…

Ashley Mendes

Owner | Hair Stylist | Makeup Artist | Lash Extension Technician

Ashley has been a lover of all things girly since a young age. Her glamorous grandmother June always spoiled her with trips to the beauty “parlor” to get her hair and nails done, and at the same time ignited Ashley’s passion for hair and makeup.  After attending one of the best cosmetology programs in the state of California, and quite a bit of careful thought and consideration, Ashley took a leap of faith and opened her own hair and makeup studio in Aptos.  She has never looked back!  She also continually strives to expand her wealth of knowledge with continued education courses by top industry professionals.  Ashley is also a certified makeup artist and a certified Novalash Eyelash Extensionist.  When she isn’t in the studio, Ashley can be found snuggling with her babies Bear, Bunny and Tinky-Mama, or watching Gilmore Girls.


Samantha RitchieSammantha

Hair Stylist | Makeup Artist

Samantha was born and raised in beautiful Aptos, California. After graduating from college with a degree in Business, she attended cosmetology school at The Academy for Salon Professionals in Santa Clara.  Upon graduating, she worked at one of the Bay Area’s top salons, where she received an advanced education in cutting, color, and styling. After honing her craft Samantha ventured to Aptos to build her own business.  Being a true people person, Samantha loves that doing hair allows her to combine a technical art form with her love of cultivating meaningful relationships. Samantha finds great joy in being able to play a role in so many people’s lives while allowing them to see the true beauty they possess.  When she’s not changing the world one cut and color at a time, you can find Samantha killing it at Crossfit. Samantha also enjoys drawing, painting and playing music.

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