My name is Lara Dawn & I created The Pro Hair & Makeup Doll ®
Inspired by the beauty and restaurant industry with the likeness of us as professionals. A one of a kind display for your salon station & makeup vanity. Wearing a (3) piece uniform, removable apron and adorable shoes. Telling a story of our artistry behind the scenes, behind the chair. Honoring 100 years of our industry from 1920-2020's for the very 1st time.
"Giving heart and hope to artists globally"
My cosmetology journey began in the late 80's and by 2009 becoming the pioneer of hotel beauty services for weddings at hotels and venues. Back then it started with just a few amazing artists. Hotel concierge beauty services didn't exist at the time and hotels and venues loved the idea. By July of 2009, my concept expanded very quickly, and ten artists, told ten artists how fun & rewarding it was to do weddings and we became national. The team felt like it was a little vacation from the salon as they could travel to a bride and wedding party to beautiful destinations and locations. It became a welcomed break since they work and or owned local salons and spas.
Combined with talented Hair & Makeup Artists largely known in TV & FILM.
COVID-19 separated us, and sadly we have greatly missed one another. I went back to the drawing board, and poured my artistic ideas into the pro hair & makeup artist doll project.
I am a licensed cosmetologist and have been in involved in the beauty business for over 30 years. Born artistic, I stood behind a kitchen stool in an old farm house of my Grandma Betty's doing her hair in plastic rollers at 3 years old. I did my 1st wedding for family at 11. My love of retro hair and makeup artistry, instilled in me when I was a child. I have been blessed to meet the most extraordinary and talented artists in the industry through the years. We have these similarities in common.
Once the artists shared their personal trial and tribulations with me on how they entered the field, the devoted hours of education trying to build their careers, combined with their love of the art I formed a network and a very unique team. An industry that needs help and more pay.
I previously owned several salons, but I wanted more. I flipped the whole concept and idea around and changed it from a salon service entity, to managing and coordinating beauty services on location requiring travel. So together like building blocks, we formed an amazing powerhouse of artists. A place for everyone to have artistic freedom, freedom to create without restrictions, have pride in self business building while belonging to something. A place you could be creative at work with friends and family, (some of our team artists are family) Not to be known primarily as the hair & makeup team "in the back" but to be given the chance to be recognized and featured in the spotlight. An amazing team was born. The team is made up of national independent artists & assistants. Closely connected, even though we are far & wide in demographics. We have been known to go the extra mile. We have carried heavy luggage, ring lights and chairs. We have traveled by car, plane, train, ferry & car pool to our locations (sometimes we are up at 2:00 am for early morning call times) & we always arrive looking put together.
We love beauty products! so 5th Ave Brand Directory was developed. Featuring top rated hair & makeup beauty brands and trends. The Pro Hair & Makeup Dolls, The 5th Avenue Team, Top Beauty Brands, paired together perfectly.
I am proud to share my story and I hope that it inspires you. That you choose a doll to your likeness. Honoring the industry for many years to come.