Meet July's Young American, Caitlyn Draper

Before Caitlyn Draper found her true calling, she had a successful career in construction and property management. Needless to say it was a bold move when she enrolled in beauty school, where she uncovered her talents as an updo stylist and fell in love with bridal looks. This month, as she prepares to graduate, she has her sights set on what’s ahead.


After six years in commercial construction and property management, I decided to pursue my passion: hairstyling. My favorite toys growing up were my giant Barbie head and my Fisher-Price toy hairdryer. I was destined to be in the beauty industry; it just took time to make it happen.


I worked as a hair prepper for a bridal company and immediately fell in love with updos. I enrolled at the Avenue Five Institute in Austin, TX in August 2017 and graduate in July.


I’m best known for updos. I taught an Intro to Updo Styling class at my school, and my work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Love Wins USA and


You can follow me on Instagram @beautybycaitlynd.


“If I asked you to name all of the things you love, how long would it take you to name yourself?” Strong self-love will positively affect every part of your life. 



I’d be lost without Kenra Dry Texture Spray and Volumizing Dry Shampoo. And I love the Wella and Pulp Riot lines.

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My mom—she filled the mom role, but also the dad and best friend role. And, my instructors. I hope they don’t think they will be able to get rid of me once I graduate! 


I want to continue freelancing and focus on building my VIP client base. I also want to offer updo education at salons and schools to get stylists excited about hairstyling, and start a YouTube channel to inspire and educate women on how to embrace their beauty. I’m remaining open to all opportunities that come my way!

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