Shade and Strand is a team of wedding hairstylists and makeup artists based in La Mesa, California. Owner Heather Elizabeth Kanoelani Raco is passionate about the color, dimension, and texture involved in hair and makeup artistry. The dedicated team at Shade and Strand looks forward to creating a beautiful, distinctive look that showcases your personal tastes and style.
Hair and makeup services can be performed in the salon, or on-site throughout San Diego County and Orange County. Shade and Strand can accommodate small and large groups, as well as offer consultations and trials. Available hair services include hair extensions, hair removal, updos, and styling, while makeup application services include the following:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Jennifer · Married on 09/23/2017
Heather is absolutely incredible! I have had two or three bad experiences with getting my hair and make up done before her and when I met her I voiced my concerns and she vowed to give me a better experience. When we did my first trial for my wedding hair and make up , she constantly ask me if I liked what was happening and asked for my input. She even offered me a second trial for free just in case I wasn’t happy. But I so was!!! She absolutely exceeded my expectations in every way and I would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone. Heather is multi talented and can do your make up, style your hair, cut your hair, and give product advice like no one’s business. Not only that, but she is such a fun person and so full of life.One of the best parts of working with her is how sweet and bubbly she is :-) I can’t wait until I need my hair or make up done again! Thank you Heather for making my wedding hair and make up experience wonderful from start to finishSent on 10/30/2017
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Angelina · Married on 11/23/2018
Practically perfect in every way!
I met these two incredible women at a Bridal show last year. I have very thin hair and was very concerned with it looking beautiful on my wedding day. They took my Maid of Honor and I right there in the middle of the show and showed us just a little of their magic. We fell in love.... not only are they so much fun to get to know but they truly do give you the feels of confidence and beauty!Sent on 01/21/2019
I initially hired them just for hair ONLY without realizing that Heather does makeup as well. But boy am I glad to have found that out! Trials were easy and painless and so fun too! We tried different styles and looks and it really made the primping part exciting! My trials were done for my engagement photos and they were tested in the heat of July outside... one word... PERFECT!
Debbie and Heather arrived on wedding morning peppy and pumped with twelve women (AND A MAN) to prepare for a 1 o’clock ceremony. Everyone was perfect by photo time and never once did we feel rushed or stressed.
These two are professional as can be and yet still like a party all to their own. I am so thankful to have had them be a part of my day and I PROMISE you, you won’t be disappointed... not even if you tried to be!
Becky Walker · Married on 10/18/2018
Wedding Hair and my long time hairdresser
When my friend who was going to do my hair (on a budget) for my wedding, fell through I asked my long time trusted hairdresser Heather to come through. I was willing to pay for peace of mind...Not only did her pricing shock me in the best way, she was able to come to me somewhat last minute. She had time for my bridal party and even helped me with my false eyelashes. She's a valuable lifesaver and I don't know how she does it all! I'm too lazy to give reviews but I just had to give her a shout out because she's the best!Sent on 10/18/2018