Lumiere Ball 4/13/2019

On April 13th, 2019 I have the honor of co-producing an event that is close to my heart, Lumiere Ball. The idea for this evening of art, entertainment, and conversation began over a year ago through my connection with fellow local entrepreneur, Chelsea Sanders. I truly cannot wait to experience it with local artists and supporters. My main contribution will be the featured presentation of the night, an avante garde hair show. More than a runway show, this is a story told through 26 models wearing sculptures made out of hair,  found objects, and beautiful clothing by designer Kelvin Burzon and Mirth. We will also offer multiple art installation experiences with themes that coincide with the hair show. This event is a celebration of life and an offering to acknowledge the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Sketch of look for “Darkness.” Inspired by team members Jade & Cory’s vision

Sketch of look for “Darkness.” Inspired by team members Jade & Cory’s vision

To fuse my love for all things art with my strong feelings about giving back to the community has really offered a lot of fulfillment! Below I explain what the scenes are about and some insight to what you will experience.

When it came to conceptualizing what the hair show would be, Chelsea said to me, “Think big and tell a story” and ideas began to percolate. Initially we were brainstorming body image as the inspiration, but my mind went from body and image to well, our mind. I realized that in order to give myself over to anything at this point in my life, outside of my company and my family, it had to represent a passion…something that I could be very vulnerable with artistically and also offer support to others. Based on personal experiences, as well as that of other loved ones, the shame and stigma that surrounds any illness related to mental health have been very bothersome to me.


Jade working on a model from the Lumiere preview at UNVEILED

Jade working on a model from the Lumiere preview at UNVEILED

Events like this don’t just happen. It takes community and support. If Chelsea hadn’t come to me with the idea to create a moving experience that is also a charitable event, I don’t know if these ideas would have ever been dreamt, let alone realized. We would not have the resources to create this experience if we didn’t have friends, fellow artists, and local businesses that care about our community and individuals that have suffered with any mental illness or disorder. I am very grateful to be a part of this community and to have the help that I have had.


The Royale team will be presenting a five part showcase.  Scene 1, Darkness, explores depression, sadness, grief through clothing and hair using blacks, blues, and purples.  Scene 2, Ties that Bind, will depict feelings related to anxiety, control, addiction through red, black, and grey. The 3rd scene, Warrior, depicts the battle with one’s self and adversity through natural tones. Some of the looks created remind you more  of warriors that you see in stories and in movies(think viking bad-ass warriors) , the idea was actually a thought based on tools that I have found to help me through times of adversity. More specifically Pema Chodron’s books that use the term Bodhichitta:


 “ Those who train wholeheartedly in awakening unconditional and relative bodhichitta are called bodhisattvas or warriors—not warriors who kill and harm but warriors of nonaggression who hear the cries of the world.”     “ The central question of a warrior’s training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear, but how we relate to discomfort. How do we practice with difficulty, with our emotions, with the unpredictable encounters of an ordinary day?”~ Pema Chödrön   

A Lumiere Sneak Peak!

A Lumiere Sneak Peak!



The more that I thought about this idea for the middle scene and talked to others about experiences, I found that a lot of people have found ways or tools to use to work through their adversity, ways to “fight” through these times and get to a better place. It has been an overwhelmingly moving experience to connect with folks in the salon and in our community to bring this to life. Scene 4 is called Lumiere  and the colors are pastels and white. This scene is about inner light, self love, forgiveness, and all things healing. Hair sculptures in the shape of wings, and depictions of nature including flowers and clouds. The final scene, scene 5 is called Nous (french for “us” or “we”), this scene is all about connection and support. The love and support through community, the resources that we have and the need for education and knowledge. The colors for this scene are all things bright. Red, blue, orange, green, purple, and yellow. There will be a big finale that represents our celebration of life!

Wardrobe for scenes 2 and 3 wardrobe by Mirth

Wardrobe in scene 5 features local designer Kelvin Burzon

Scenes 1 and 4 styled by Bridgett DiVohl

What do you wear to Lumiere Ball? Though we want it to feel like a “Ball” and grand, what is the most important to us is that people come out and support the event. So wear what makes you feel your best self! You know I will be wearing a ball gown though, because I love a reason to get dressed up and experience something new!

Cory working on a piece during a workshop at the Monroe County Library Teen Center showcasing alternative sculpture materials

Cory working on a piece during a workshop at the Monroe County Library Teen Center showcasing alternative sculpture materials

Join us by buying tickets at www.LumiereBall.com! All proceeds from this event will go to Mental Health America of Monroe County & Amethyst House. We can’t wait!!

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Happy Holidays from Royale!

This year has brought a ton of growth for Royale Hair Parlor. We have lifted our training program to new levels and the outcome has been that we are able to offer the best customer service possible to our guests. I was able to step away from seeing clients for a long period of time and really focus on what Royale needs for growth for years to come. I became a certified Strategies Salon Business Coach. The year of training was so amazing and I learned so much. After trying it out for 6 months, I decided that the travel and time developing a new career path would be difficult to engage locally as a business owner and it would be difficult to find time to help my family as needed. I now spend every Tuesday helping my mom babysit my nieces plus other tasks and it has been so rewarding. I realized this year that with new opportunities you also have the option to really look at your life and decide how you want to shape your future. I turned 40 and felt the need to do some soul searching!

AND …… I missed doing hair! I feel like it is a part of me and my passion for this craft is stronger than ever. I only do hair now six to eight days a month because my long list of duties as salon owner. I am grateful for this time to step away and reflect. After 22 years of doing something (full time in overdrive) you are bound to get a little burnt out. I owed it to myself, my team, and our clients to figure out how to be my best self again.

Bridgett & Steph DiVohl  photo by Martin Boling

Bridgett & Steph DiVohl photo by Martin Boling

This year my wife, Steph DiVohl stepped away from her corporate job with Cosmoprof and into a full time position at Royale as Operations Manager.  With that title she works alongside me to manage schedules for both Front Desk and Service Providers, company budgets, inventory management, social media content, and more. I am so grateful to work alongside my wife. It has its challenges at times, but more than anything I feel more creative than ever!

The Royale Leadership Team in Austin, TX

The Royale Leadership Team in Austin, TX

Other roles that have shifted in the company are that Sydney Jaeger and Jade Tuper took on roles as our  in-salon educators. Syd’s focus is on precision cutting, razor cutting and smoothing treatments. Jade’s focus is on all things haircolor including corrective colors, single colors, retouches, and balayage.

Ali Elmore stepped into the role as Managing Team Leader. On days when I am away, she is support to Steph and overall flow of the salon. This is a difficult role and Ali has risen to the occasion! I am excited to see her grow more in 2019.
Chelsea May celebrated her 5th year at Royale and most importantly, brought sweet Sienna May into the world! Sienna is Chelsea’s first child and she is handling new mamma-hood like a pro.


Drew, Chelsea, & baby Sienna

Drew, Chelsea, & baby Sienna

Other exciting things that Royale Hair Parlor has implemented: A FULL benefits package!! It was a goal of ours to offer Health, Vision, and Dental insurance to our team and in 2018 we made it happen. Along with that, our benefits package included more travel education than ever. Shelby and Jade flew to NYC to Temptu for an advanced airbrush makeup course. Ali went to Anaheim, California to learn from  one of her balayage heros, Lacy Whirl. Rachel and Jade traveled with me to Chicago for an R + Co Men’s cutting workshop(held at former salon home, Sine Qua Non) , and Sydney and Shelby studied modern cutting techniques at Arrojo in NYC. I am proud of all of the career development we offer and so grateful for team members who value learning as much as I do.

Sydney & Shelby in NYC (left), Jade, Rachel, Bridgett, & Sine Qua Non Owner, Laura (right)

Sydney & Shelby in NYC (left), Jade, Rachel, Bridgett, & Sine Qua Non Owner, Laura (right)

Our proudest moment of 2018 came in October when our team traveled to San Antonio, TX to be awarded No Compromise Leadership Business of the Year at the Strategies Team Based Pay Awards. Having No Compromise Leadership in our company means never backing down from of our overall vision and values, having relentless communication, and always seeking to improve ourselves . The application took our leadership team over 12 hours to complete, but the hard work paid off. Steph, Chelsea, Ali, Jade, and Syd all included essay type answers telling the stories of challenges and successes that we have encountered over the past 5 years. The best part about this award, from my standpoint as a business owner and leader, is that I did not fill out any of the entry. It was all our leadership team, collectively and they brought their heart and soul to it. The pride I felt while standing in front of 300 people with my team is an experience that words can’t explain. Steph delivered a speech that had the crowd in tears. Chelsea offered insight from her standpoint as a woman in the workforce and as a new mom. It was a truly awesome experience.

I cannot wait to share the exciting events and education we’ll be offering in Bloomington in 2019.

Thank you so for all the support!

Happy Holidays,

Bridgett

(From Left to Right) Chelsea, Jade, Steph, Melanie Laboda(our Leadership Team Business Coach), Bridgett, Ali & Sydney

(From Left to Right) Chelsea, Jade, Steph, Melanie Laboda(our Leadership Team Business Coach), Bridgett, Ali & Sydney