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Pregnant and still carrying a dewy layer of sweat from the yoga class I had just taught, I stumbled into Craig McQueen Salon in hopes to have my hair blown-out for a date with my husband.  In three years of business operation as neighbors, I had never stepped beyond the entryway into Craig McQueen. I know, I’m embarrassed.  I’ll explain.  Hot Yoga and beautiful strands don’t exactly go together; besides, I wasn’t in the need for a salon - I’d been getting my blonde locks brightened by a friend for years.  On this particular day, self-pity was at its highest. I had finally come to terms with my dull blonde fuzzy hair and I was in dire need of a refresh. I glanced around the salon taking everything in. 

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Aveda products lined the walls, an assortment of teas and coffee were available for sipping, happy and unfamiliar faces (my favorite when being pampered) filled the chairs, and for the first time in a while I felt completely at peace. Halfway through the story I was telling the stylist (thanks for listening), I noticed an advertisement for VoMor Hair Extensions. 15 questions later, I had a hair swatch booklet in front of me and an appointment for extensions booked.  If you’ve ever been pregnant, you understand the struggle with your beauty regiment. No bleach, no chemicals, no botox, - the list goes on and on - which leads me to VoMor. In a world of ‘No’s,’ VoMor was my yes.

Nearly a year and a half later, you can still find me frequenting Craig McQueen Salon. A creature of habit, I’m happy to see the same skilled stylists every 8 weeks, and even happier to see the changes and updates they’ve made to the salon. As a fellow business owner, I know how challenging it can be to justify and organize a renovation let alone an entire facelift. Lisa and her team have pulled it off. The new salon is top-notch, offering a welcoming lobby and suspended hair dryers - think I could have one installed in my bathroom?

I am currently wearing 20 inch VoMor Extensions:  tape-in, reusable, and exclusive to Aveda salons.  Every 6-8 weeks I book an appointment for the removal and reapplication of my VoMor Extensions where my stylist treats my hair with OlaPlex, brightens my color, and applies Aveda toner to maintain the icier tones I am happiest with. Reach out to Craig McQueen Salon to book a complimentary consult. 

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!