We had the good fortune of connecting with Misty Limburg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi, Misty. What’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I’ve encouraged and supported my children in finding their own voice. My childhood was old school — my mother was raised in an era where children were seen and not heard. She herself was raised under a very unhealthy, abusive, and cruel roof, so having a free-spirited daughter like me, full of opinions, was challenging, to say the least. I never had a voice. The primary value was put in my compliance to her rules — there was no discussion after that.
So I knew at a very young age that my children would never be silenced. I would value and encourage their opinions, thoughts, and feelings. There would be room for discussion, and there would be respect — not out of fear — but out of love and acceptance.
I now have four very opinionated, free-spirited children of my own. They share with me all of their thoughts, their ideas, their fears, and their victories. And I welcome their voices because they have their own minds.
Sometimes it can be taxing, and we have longer conversations than might be necessary to complete simple tasks, but at least they all know they are heard, fiercely loved, and fully supported, and I wouldn’t change that for anything.
Let’s talk shop. Tell us more about your career. What can you share with our community?
I’m the creative behind Blended Beautifully where I am a professional hair and makeup artist. I’ve worked in the beauty industry as a hair and makeup artist (HMUA) for over 20 years now, and I’ve freelanced for the last 9 years. And, for the last year and a half I’ve pursued my own acting and modeling career. Deciding to work in front of the camera has been a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet and network with some amazingly talented people.
My specialty is head-to-toe transformations, or makeovers. I absolutely love the one-on-one time I get to spend with my clients, getting to know who they were before kids — before their taxing jobs, their bad relationships, or the weight of all their responsibilities and hats they wear that have turned them into what they are today. I love rediscovering their true selves, their beauty underneath all the life stressors.
Together, we create a sort of rebirth, bringing out their true selves, their full potential. Reconnecting them to themselves does wonders, and is so much cheaper than Botox! Being brave enough to dig a little deeper and work a little harder helps create a harmony and balance between their external and internal selves that is therapeutic to my clients. It’s life-giving for both of us, actually.
I believe taking this type of journey with clients is why I have made many lifelong friends with them. We go beyond a great haircut and color and share a personal experience that I am honored to be part of.
I have always loved people and their stories, and combining that with my creative abilities has been the perfect marriage of personal and professional strengths for me.
I give a lot of myself to my clients, taking the time to sit and invest in them, which is both a joy and tiresome at times. Over the years, I have had to find a healthier balance for myself to prevent burnout and to remain passionate in my craft. I am an empath at my core, but if you’re always the pitcher pouring out, eventually there’s not much left for yourself and your loved ones. So, balance is key. Harmony is the goal.
As stylists, we have a small window of opportunity to really invest in our clients. For me, this is more than the one-dimensional, superficial skill of creating beauty on the outside, which is so limited. I have a chance to really engage and uncover the pure beauty within — their God-breathed, unique design — and invite that to shine brightly, and that is what makes my color and cuts look truly amazing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, hopefully my bestie is showing up when we’re not on lockdown, and Covid-19 is no longer a factor.
But a normal week in Carlsbad involves surfing, so there would be mandatory beach time. We would definitely hit North Ponto, Tower 33, and beach camp at the Carlsbad campgrounds, watching the sun set off the cliffs south of Terramar.
We’d get acaí bowls at Park 101, Beach City smoothies, Mexican food at Norte’s, fish and chips at Harbor Fish, gourmet donuts at The Goods, fresh fish at Sushi Kuchi, and burritos at Cessy’s — all local Carlsbad favorites.
There is a lot to do right here in town, but for night life, we’d head to the Gaslamp district in downtown San Diego. For a variety of artsy lounges and eateries, North Park is great, and I love catching live music at the Belly Up and the Casbah.
We’d take the Coaster to Old Town for margaritas and to Seaport Village for sightseeing. Then we’d ferry over to Coronado. Other must-sees are Point Loma’s historic lighthouse, the Lamplighter for epic karaoke, and downtown Encinitas for dinner and drinks. We also love Handles for homemade ice cream. Geesh! I can’t wait to get out of quarantine and enjoy my city again!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a lot to Natalie Snyder as well as her mentor, Jeanne Braa Foster of Paul Mitchell. I was encouraged to compete in the Long Beach IBS hair artistry event only a few months after I began cosmetology school. Of course, I went for it and ended up placing in the top 20, if my memory serves me well.
Natalie and Jeanne discovered me there and offered me a job on the spot, not knowing I had another eight months of school left! But I knew they were the right ladies to connect with and I am so grateful I took that job. While finishing school, I worked whatever position I could at the salon Natalie was affiliated with, and after I got my license, I became her full-time assistant and protégée for a few years.
Those were hard, hard years — Natalie expected excellence always, so she raised the bar high for us stylists and executed perfection in her craft. Her clients and colleagues respected her and so did I. I am grateful that she fine-tuned my skills and didn’t accept anything less than my best. She believed in my natural abilities and my potential. She pushed me, and if she hadn’t, I would not have become the successful professional I am today. Thanks, Nat! Love you, lady.
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