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Meet April Franklin of April Joy Beauty in Northern Colorado

Today we’d like to introduce you to April Franklin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I originally started my path in the accounting world. I went to school in Kansas for a year. I’ve always loved hair and makeup. Just never thought I’d make a career out of it. I graduated from the Aveda Institute Denver and apprenticed with World Class Salons. My friend Brittany Johnson and fellow hair and makeup artist took me under her wing and helped me get started in the wedding world. After the birth of my child, I needed my schedule to be more flexible and on my terms. I left the traditional salon environment in January 2016 and started my business and booking weddings. Right now, I booth rent from a salon in Loveland and travel weekly for weddings all over Colorado.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a business owner definitely has its ups and downs. I’m still learning every day how to be better and promote myself. I’m a self-run business, I handle all my own inquiries and weddings. I do bring help if needed, for larger weddings.

We’d love to hear more about your brand.
I recently rebranded, revamped my site and changed my name. I specialize in bridal hair and makeup but I also offer in salon hair color and cuts as well. I use all Kevin Murphy products for hair in and out of the salon. I think what sets me apart is I’m experienced in all skin tones and hair textures. I continually take classes to keep up to date on current trends.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Denver and the surrounding area is really competitive. It’s really saturated with hair and makeup artists. I’d say if you are just starting definitely find another artist to team up with as well as different photographers. Go to networking events and talk it up.


  • Bridal hair and make with trial $290
  • Bridal party hair and makeup $150

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Image Credit:
Molly Margaret photography, Seadust photography, Photography by Kimberly, Olivia Locascio Photography

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