Strength, inner beauty and art personified are all fair and accurate descriptions for Catherine Ashly. Her career began much like most artists, at an early age. Catherine found herself consumed with helping young girls express their inner beauty to their outside canvas and she has not stopped. After serving as a traveling stylist, Catherine began her professional career as a licensed cosmetologist in 2012. Since then, she furthered her craft and is now a licensed Master Educator of Cosmetology. Catherine’s outside of the box approach to teaching encourages students to identify their specialties. By celebrating their artistic differences, she prepares them for a long-lasting career. Through Catherine Ashly Beauty, Catherine continues to help her clients see themselves in a light that promotes self-love; one of many reasons that named her business one of Philadelphia’s top salons. In 2015 Philadelphia Magazine nominated her as a top hair stylist for textured hair.
As life would have it, challenges forced Catherine to find the very strength she taught others to find in themselves. After ending an abusive relationship, she stopped at nothing to regain her confidence. This new profound self-love landed her in countless pageants and modeling campaigns. In true Catherine Ashly form, she knocked down boundaries and surpassed all expectations. While modeling she made many connections and offered her gifts to her modeling counterparts. These business opportunities bridged the gap between the two things that Catherine loved so much! No longer did she need to pick between modeling or a beauty career, she suddenly had both in the palm of her hands. With every client she services, no matter the size, shape, age or gender, Catherine strives to make each person feel special. Her mantra empowers all to appreciate the skin that they are in, flaws and all.
A West Philadelphia native, Catherine Ashly’s brand affects the tristate area with the sky as the limit. Her infectious smile continues to inspire all whom she encounters. While Catherine continues to break boundaries in all things beauty, her greatest accomplishments include sharing a life of love with James Burke, Jr. her two sons, William & James, III, and daughter Norah Jean. A hairstylist, an educator, an entrepreneur, a model, lover, mother, daughter, sister and friend, no label is large enough for the incomparable Catherine Ashly.