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Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist
Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist

Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist

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Introduction: I work to bring your inner beauty out - not paint a facade. Because I also own my own salon studio, I can take care of people in a salon setting, but also as a concierge stylist, so I can accommodate professionalism and privacy in either setting. I am a national Educator with Manic Panic, I am a certified in hair extension work, and I work with clients of all genders and ethnicities. When people see themselves for the first time for someone else's eyes, and they can see their own beauty shine out.

Hired 36 times

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2 employees

7 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

Featured Projects
  • Nature Inspired Bridal Simplicity

    Approx. $175

  • Bridal trial

    Approx. $175

Photos and Videos

124 photos and 1 video


Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, value, and work quality.

Great 4.8

22 reviews


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Kimberly L.

Wedding and Event Hair Styling

Amazing service at a wonderful value. Kind and progressional. I have a lot of hair which requires a lot of care and it was delivered to me with no complaints. The results speak for themselves- just look at my husband's face for that first look! I have no negative feedback.
Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist's reply
Thank you!!’
Jul 6, 2020
Jamie s.

Wedding and Event Hair Styling

Amazing! Thank you for making my sisters bachelorette spa party so much better by finishing our day with a cute hairstyle! Everyone looked great when we went out for the night!
Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist's reply
THANK YOU!!! It was a BLAST!
Mar 8, 2020
Anne z.

Wedding and Event Hair Styling

Rica is definitely a professional. I had my hair and makeup trial with her last week and I am confident I am in good hands for my wedding (which is next week!!). Before the trial, I sent her pics and videos of what I was looking for so she was prepared. At the trial, she gave me her expert opinion on what would/would not work and then worked her magic. I'm always a bit weary about having a professional do my makeup because I'm of Asian descent and most non-Asian MUAs don't know how to work with Asian features. I have to say... Rica impressed me! She did some research before the trial and then we worked with each other to get the ideal look for me for the wedding. Rica is also such an honest, trustworthy person. I could tell from reading her reviews and speaking to her via email and on the phone even before we met that she takes pride in what she does and she has experience too. Can't wait to see the final hair and makeup result on my wedding day!! I will post another review after the wedding!
Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist's reply
I'm so happy to have made you happy! I look forward to the wedding - wait until you see what we come up with! :)
Sep 25, 2017
Olena K.

Wedding and Event Hair Styling

Let me start by saying that I have super long hair, it's down to my knees. So Rica had a difficult task in front of her - to manage it into loose up do for my wedding. But she did an amazing job and my hair looked great! She used sewing technique to put it up, so it not just looked beautiful but also felt so light and secure. Even the rain didn't destroy it.
Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist's reply
Thank you, Olena!
Aug 28, 2017
Caterina S.

Wedding Hair Styling

Rica was amazing from start to finish. In the months leading up to the wedding she was quick to answer emails, collaborate with my bridesmaids, and made useful suggestions. On the day of the wedding she made us all look and feel wonderful even though her assistant backed out only the night before! I would highly recommend Rica to anyone looking for a hair and makeup artist.
Yaffa Beauty by Rica/Rica The Artist's reply
Thank you so much, Caterina! You guys were wonderful to work with!
Jul 10, 2017

License Type: Cosmetologist (CT)

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Rica Mendes


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Generally, I do not accept projects for less than $50. I always try and be fair with my clients, and I will work with you to make the budget match your needs. If I require additional sets of hands, I will let you know, and if it will impact budget, I will give you advance notice and not do anything that will surprise you.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I provide a complimentary trial for hair & makeup services once a downpayment (TBD) is made. At that trial, I provide a skin care/hair care consultation to make sure that your skin & hair is in the best condition for the day of the event, and so that there are no surprises.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have over 20 years of experience working with makeup in the theatre, as a Mary Kay Consultant (where I lead glamour sessions and educational nights for consultants and guests), and I am a Paul Mitchell the School Danbury graduate, where I was in the Phase Two (Honors) program, and received certification in hair extensions. I am now a national Educator with Manic Panic and a member of The Unicorn Tribe due to my national recognition in hair color. Additionally, I am a CND Shellac Master Painter, and can provide top notch concierge manicure services. I am a firm believer in continuing my education, and it is a rare month when I don't attend at least one educational program. Some of that education includes high-level Paul Mitchell training with Kelly Cardenas, Melissa & Bob, Stephanie Kocielski, as well as with training specialists from Kevin Murphy, L'Oreal, Rusk, and more.

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