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Amber Allen

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Amber Allen

Follow Amber on Instagram @hairbyamberallen

Amber Allen Redken certified colorist at The Head Shoppe Halifax NSWhen did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I’ve been in the industry for 10 years, the last five have been at the Truro Head Shoppe. I knew as a teenager that this is what I wanted to do. I was always the one styling my friends hair for school dances – I loved every minute of it! Once I graduated high school I headed straight for the hair design program.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? Right now, my favourite color trend is balayage or anything freehand. I like creating these colors because it is like you’re never doing the same thing twice; it allows me to be creative. In terms of hairstyles, my favourite to create is a blunt bob. You can see the shape so perfectly and bobs are so easy to personalize for my clients and get creative with.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My personal style would be casual but trendy. I always have my nails done and enjoy using that as a pop of color to my daily style. Social media and Pinterest inspire my creativity. I always follow people from our company for inspiration; they’re so well educated and think outside the box!

What is your favourite Redken product? My favourite product would be Fabricate. It can be used for everything, ranging from: redoing styles, fixing bedhead, creating shine, and protecting the hair. It is my go-to all in one product that use on most of my clients.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam in May 2017. I used the study material provided, as well as the Redken website for additional information. I also talked to stylists who have taken the exam before for tips and pointers – it really helps to gather as much information as possible and learn from your peers.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? It has given me more confidence; I know and understand Redken color in depth. I know which line is better for specific hair types and client needs. It has expanded my options creatively.

What sets you apart from other stylists? My creativity, I don’t like to create the same thing over and over. I like to create new looks and personalize them for each individual client. I also believe in ongoing education and that you should never stop learning.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? Other stylists should become Redken Color Certified so they are well educated in the color lines as a whole and become more confident in their work.


To book an appointment with Amber call the Truro Head Shoppe at 902-895-9676 or click here to request an appointment. The Truro Head Shoppe is located in the Truro Mall, click here for map.

Katie Knapman

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Katie Knapman

Follow Katie on Instagram @knapmank

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry?

I’ve always been interested in fashion, I have older sisters and when I was young I would love to be involved in styling them and helping them choose outfits. I’ve always been interested in hairstyling; however, I decided to pursue a different avenue initially and went to university, but didn’t fall in love with what I was doing. I then made the choice to enroll in hair school, it was the best decision I made. I learned if you’re happy, you’re successful. Eight years later and here I am!

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle?

I love natural looks – really anything that is blended (blondes, Balayage and soft transitions). Creating blondes is what really pushed me to get certified, I enjoy the challenge of producing the perfect dimensional blonde. Creating that instant gratification for clients is such an amazing feeling. Pixie cuts and short hair are my favourite to cut, they’re so great to personalize for each guest.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity?

My personal style is different and unique. I enjoy bright colors and fun pieces – when im at work I try to accessorize to be out-of-the-box and funky. My creativity is inspired by travelling. When I am able to travel, I’m always open to new experiences and I like to absorb different styles from all around the world and bring them to my work at home.

What is your favourite Redken product?

My favourite Redken product is the entire Extreme line. I’m a blonde myself and this is my go-to. It keeps hair strong, shiny and healthy so blondes can be as light as they want to be. For styling, I’d have to say Wax Blast. It is both a texture and a hairspray in one so it is very versatile and not too heavy.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like?

I took the exam in 2014 with another stylist from the salon. A huge advantage for me was that I work with Barb Horsman, so I was able to utilize her skills and really learn from her. Using and understanding the lithochart was such a huge aspect of the exam. I made flash cards and studied with co-workers to bounce ideas off each other. I took the time to prepare and really understand what I was learning. I’m a big studier, so I was all for it.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified?

Overall, the greatest benefit is simply the knowledge gained from taking it. I learned so much for my career about color when studying for this exam. I had many “aha moments” while preparing. In addition, we have clients that request people specializing in color so it is so great to be able to accommodate those guests.

What sets you apart from other stylists?

Aside from being color certified, I’m also a certified Great Lengths Extension Technician. I love the instant gratification of the makeover and being able to cover all the bases for my clients. My work can range from bright pieces to a full head and seeing my clients happy with their results is so amazing.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified?

It really educates you on not only the tone of the color, but also what is in it and how to create different depths. It taught me so much and it pushes you to look at color on a different level. Passing the exam makes you more comfortable behind the chair, I’m never nervous anymore knowing I have that knowledge behind me.


To book an appointment with Katie call the Moncton Head Shoppe at 506-858-9464 or click here to request an appointment. The Moncton Head Shoppe is located on Mountain Road in Moncton, NB, click here for map.

Barb Horsman

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Barb Horsman

Follow Barb on Instagram @barbiehorsman

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry?

Hair has always been a passion. As a child, I used to style the neighbourhood girls hair. I’ve loved to watch hair move and create, curl and run my hands through it. However, my journey in the industry began as an esthetician first. Not long after graduating, I decided to make the switch to hairstyling, my true passion. I made the right decision and I have been a stylist for 35 years – 19 years with the Head Shoppe.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle?

My favourite color trend would dimensional blondes, the hair looks so interesting with more than one tone running throughout. With longer hairstyles, I really love loose, undone waves. It catches the light in the color and makes it pop more. But arguably, any hair that looks extremely healthy and shiny tops my list!

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity?

My personal style would be fun and flirty. Creatively, I tend to be drawn towards classic beauty with eye-catching twists. I use Instagram and Facebook for inspiration; however, I love watching young and upcoming stylists in my salon. Another go-to for inspiration is nature itself. I love to photograph colors found in nature that I can use in my work. I enjoy using these aspects to create vibrant, dimensional colors. For example, creating the perfect blonde based off the different tones found in beach sand, reds reflecting the vibrancy of a bonfire, or brunettes pulling warmth from the trees in the wilderness. I always find myself looking for the dimension and tones that I can blend to create a cohesive look.

What is your favourite Redken product?

Right now, my favourite Redken product is pH Bonder. I love the science behind the product and knowing how much it helps in the chemical aspect of the hair color process. It is a real game changer for what I can do with the integrity of the hair. I find that clients can visually notice the difference in the days, weeks and even months later. For me, it is all about the client and that they get their desired look and love their hair – then it’s a win!

When did you take the Redken Certified Haircolorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like?

I took the exam in 2007. I had just 3 weeks to prepare, but I love a challenge and took it upon myself to pass. I studied hard working on mannequin heads with a timer. I can clearly remember the day, I wasn’t nervous, I was excited. I couldn’t wait to start the challenge and grow my career.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified?

The greatest benefit is the confidence that I have behind the chair. It is so amazing to look back into my career and see the growth. In addition, I am currently the Evaluator for the Hair Coloring Certification Program. I facilitate all the current Redken Certified Haircolorist exams. I love to coach and help those who may be interested in taking on the challenge of becoming certified themselves. I want to be support for anyone contemplating doing the exam – I am always here to help.

What sets you apart from other stylists?

I would say the willingness to say no and having the ability to communicate with clients about realistic possibilities. I always work to create a long-term game plan for how to achieve a desired look and handle expectations. I always aim to please, however I like to have a plan in place.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Certified Haircolorists?

Other stylists should strive to become certified because you can see the confidence and personal grounding that comes after taking this exam. Plus, achieving this milestone builds the excitement to move forward in their career as well as the ability to balance out nerves when creating colors. They transform from stylists to colorists.


To book an appointment with Barb call the Moncton Head Shoppe at 506-858-9464 or click here to request an appointment. The Moncton Head Shoppe is located on Mountain Road in Moncton, NB, click here for map.

Bonnie Forrestall

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Bonnie Forrestall


When did you know you wanted to be a hairstylist and how long have you been in the industry? I always knew I wanted to be a hair stylist; it always came naturally to me. I’ve been in the industry for 27 years – 26 of those years have been with the Head Shoppe.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? I’m really into healthy, shiny, sexy, fun hair! I like your hair to bring out your personality. I’m always open to try new things and never nervous to take risks.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My personal style would be a little bit of everything. I like classy, sexy, and trendy styles – I’m not afraid to mix it up. If I can send a message through your image then I’ve done my job.

What is your favourite Redken product? My favourite product and current go-to would be Stay High. It gives manageability, volume and shine. Redken’s CAT is my #1 treatment. It helps to rebuild the hair and allows me to create new looks confidently and easily.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam in May 2013. I prepared by speaking to my colleagues, and learning from them. I was able to bounce ideas off them, as well as ask any questions I had. I also practiced a lot – I knew my material inside and out.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? I feel more knowledgeable and satisfied with my results in creating a polished and finished look.

What sets you apart from other stylists? I’m always willing and not afraid to try new things. I like to listen to my client’s needs and work to achieve their hair goals.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? It will take them to a whole new level! It will elevate their knowledge and up their game.


To book an appointment with Bonnie call the Bedford Head Shoppe at 902-835-1669 or click here to request an appointment. The Bedford Head Shoppe is located in the Mill Cove Plaza on the Bedford Highway, NS, click here for map.

Tyson Thompson

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Tyson Thompson

Follow Tyson on Instagram @hairbytyson

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I have been in the industry for 10 years now, always working in the Spryfield area. As long as I can remember, I always had an interest in hair. As a child I remember going to the salon with my family and being mesmerized at the process. It was so interesting to see the transformations happen right in front of you.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? I love soft looks, like creating a sombre. This color still has dimension but isn’t striking or too bold. I also like to blend as many colors as possible yet create a natural color. Undercutting and disconnected looks are my favourite hairstyles to create right now. I like to take short hair and make it something or funky. I find I’m creating these looks more often, especially with clients who want to change up their style a bit but don’t want anything too crazy – this way I can still add some fun and flair.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My personal style would be relaxed, comfortable and more on the classic side. I do like and look for some influence of what is trending to mix that in too. I get industry inspiration through magazines, Instagram and YouTube to stay current with what is up-and-coming and trending.

What is your favourite Redken product? For homecare, Redken’s One United is my go-to. I love the benefit of doing a little bit of everything for your hair and every client can take advantage of its 25 benefits.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam in 2010. I made it my goal to put in the time and study every piece I was given to be sure I could succeed. It was important to cover all the bases to be ready for the exam and learn to change habits to reflect the proper Redken practices.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? The overall knowledge I gained from the certification was so important and has stayed with me throughout the years. The exam taught the background of Redken processes and made it so much easier for making choices to create amazing colors.

What sets you apart from other stylists? I’m always trying to create the perfect look for my clients, to do that I need to understand what they’re looking for. I believe the consultation is the most important aspect of the experience in my chair. This allows us to develop a plan together so they leave happy but also in the same time, they get something that is fun, fresh and new.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? It is just going to up your game. Anytime you acquire knowledge you are becoming a better stylist. I always remember a teacher telling me “when you’re green you’re growing, when you’re ripe you rot” you can never know too much and should always be open to learning new techniques and styles.


To book an appointment with Tyson, call the Dutch Village Road Head Shoppe at 902-457-3267 or Click here to request an appointment. Click here for a map to find the Dutch Village Road Head Shoppe.

Chelley Martin

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Chelley Martin

Follow Chelley on Instagram @chelleymartinhair

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? My aunt owned a salon when I was younger and it seemed like a lot of fun . I’ve been in the industry for 12 years now – a stylist for 10. I actually started out working as a Guest Services Representative on the desk here, at the Spryfield Head Shoppe.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? My favourite color trend right now is the ombre or sombre look. Ombres are such a great option for someone who doesn’t want a lot of maintenance but still looks very polished. I also enjoy creating long bobs, they’re so fun to style and are a great way to give some shape to medium length hair and has many options for styling.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? I’d say I have a classic style; however, I enjoy trying new trends! I love working with make-up and playing with new colors and looks. I love Instagram for inspiration. Tracy Cunningham is one of the celebrity stylists that I follow. I love seeing how other stylists formulate and apply color. It pushes me to try new things.

What is your favourite Redken product? Definitely Guts. It gives lots of volume and you can use it in almost every hair type.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam in May 2014. I prepared by spending lots of time studying and taking preparation courses. I spent time studying with other stylists and having them quiz me. I also worked with mannequins to be sure my timing was perfect.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? After taking the exam, I have a better understanding and confidence with Redken color. I used the opportunity as a good refresher to update my skills. It was an in-depth look at the processes and procedures behind coloring.

What sets you apart from other stylists? I truly love to connect with my clients. I genuinely care about them and want to make sure they love their hair when they leave.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? The Redken Color Certified exam is a great way to challenge yourself and the information is timeless. It is an added skill set for your business and really helps to build confidence in both yourself and your clients.


To book an appointment with Chelley, call the Spryfield Head Shoppe at 902-477-6494 or Click here to request an appointment. Click here for map to find the Spryfield Head Shoppe.

Kayla Lennan-Cole

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Kayla Lennan-Cole

Follow Kayla on Instagram @hairbykaylalc

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I’ve been in the industry for 10 years now. As for when I knew I wanted to be a stylist, my story is unique. At that time in my life, I was unsure of what I wanted to do for my career. One of my close friends had just started attending hair school and approached me saying I should consider attending. She felt it would be a perfect fit for me as I was always trying different things with my hair. I booked an informational interview at the Hair Design Centre, fell in love, and started classes the following week. It all just seemed to fall in place after that. Such a spontaneous decision put me where I’m supposed to be and the rest is history.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? Right now, I’m really into super blunt cuts with lots of texture. I have even been using my clippers to get that harsh, bold line. I still love creating super soft, balayage or ombre looks as well to add depth and dimension. I find it so exciting when the seasons change and you can suggest new trends, colors and techniques for clients. Those red and copper tones for Fall are so beautiful!

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My style is very fluid depending on where I am and what I’m doing in the moment. I enjoy dressing up and going glam, however I like a laid-back casual style too. I use Instagram as one of my go-to places for a creative boost and inspiration. I also really enjoy bouncing ideas off my co-workers and getting to talk trends with them. We each have such individual techniques and color ideas, I love working and learning from each other.

What is your favourite Redken product? My go-to is always Wax Blast. It has a nice medium hold and adds lots of texture. It is great for clients that have short hair and want some hold without using a paste. It is also great for my long haired clients that want to create some wave and soft texture.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I wrote the exam in May 2014. For me, I really made it my goal to ace the exam. I spent my downtime studying and I fully committed to learning the ins and outs of Redken color. I practiced on mannequin heads in the salon for practical work and was very conscious of timing. I used Redken videos online for additional support. I am proud of the amount of time I put in to studying for the exam, and the overall knowledge I have gained.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? It was very grounding in going back to the basics and having a full understanding of the color line and processes. Also, the ability to pass along information and to be able to explain the “why” behind certain processes is very useful. I find it also gives clients peace of mind in knowing that I have gone above and beyond with my skills to become Redken Certified.

What sets you apart from other stylists? My deeper understanding of Redken color and formulation are such positive aspects of being certified. I take pride in understanding the entire color process. I also am sure to be using all the tools available to me to continue to grow and provide my clients with hair color they love.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? Becoming Redken Certified really grounds your knowledge; it gives you the extra edge and puts more tools in your toolbox. It definitely gives you more confidence in your color abilities as well.

 


To book an appointment with Kayla call the Fall River Head Shoppe at 902-861-1222 or click here to request an appointment. The Fall River Head Shoppe is located in the Fall River Shopping Plaza, click here for map.

Melinda Gourley

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Melinda Gourley


When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I’ve been in the industry for 14 years, with our company for 13 of those years. I didn’t have a defining moment when I knew this was what I was going to do, I’ve just always enjoyed working with hair. There’s a special connection with a client and their stylist and you get to help make someone feel beautiful through their hair.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? Right now, I really love rich, intense colors (Deep reds, rich browns). There is so much ombre right now, I like add intensity and continuity with the dimension in color. I also love creating bobs; this is by far my favourite cutting technique and can really be created to fit each person individually.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? I like adding a pop of color to my wardrobe. Scarves are one of my go-to pieces to add color and make my style my own. For creativity, I love Pinterest! It is such a useful tool to use for inspiration and color ideas. It helps to make sure that I fully understand a certain look that my client may be looking for. It helps so we are both confident that we are looking to achieve the same goal.

What is your favourite Redken product? Stay High. It has great hold, yet it still stays soft to the touch. This is my go-to finishing product!

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam in 2010, I prepared by studying and doing a lot of mannequin work, foiling practice and striving to follow specific techniques. This exam really pushed me to know all the aspects of Redken Color inside and out!

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? The greatest benefits of becoming Redken Color Certified is the feeling of satisfaction you get once finished. It gave me such pride and really validated all the time and effort I put into studying and preparing. It is so satisfying to know that not every stylist is certified and how much work it really takes. It is like an exclusive club.

What sets you apart from other stylists? When you make an appointment with a Redken Certified Colorist, clients can be confident that we know color. We have invested our time and put in a lot of hard work to get where we are.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? I believe that stylists should always strive to be at the top of their game and be the best they can be. Completing the Redken Certified Colorist exam pushes you to expand your skills and broaden your skill set.


To book an appointment with Melinda, call the Truro Head Shoppe at 902-895-9676 or click here to request an appointment. The Truro Head Shoppe is located in the Truro Mall in Truro, NS, click here for map.

Joanne Gaul

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Joanne Gaul


When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I have been a stylist for 19 years now. It has always been a passion, but I knew I wanted to do hair in university when I was doing more hair than studying! I decided then to follow my passion and enroll in hair school, and the rest is history!

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? I really like creating sombre and pastel colors right now. Sombre color is so popular right now and gives such a soft, natural wearable color. Pastels are just so fun to create!

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My personal style is very natural and laid back. My clients are such an inspiration to me. I love to help to give them color and styles that they can make look great even at the grocery store. It is so satisfying to reflect my creativity on others and build looks that really compliment the client. Redken education is also a big inspiration for me, such a great way to get new, fun ideas.

What is your favourite Redken product? My favourite Redken go-to is Shades EQ Gloss for color – it is such an easy fix to any color situation! For styling, Redken Guts and Forceful are my favourites. These products are great for volume, yet light enough to not weight down the hair.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam in 2008. I studied lots and prepared for the exam by focusing my color theory and foil placement skills on mannequin heads.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? It is so great to be able to proudly tell your clients that you are a Redken Certified Colorist. Studying for the exam was such a great way to solidify my knowledge of Redken hair color.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? Other stylists should definitely strive and push themselves to become certified. The exam polishes your technical ability, makes you more knowledgeable about products, and broadens your ability to do great color. It brings you back to the basics and keeps your skill range broad!


To book an appointment with Joanne call the New Minas Head Shoppe at 902-681-1355 or click here to request an appointment. The New Minas Head Shoppe is located in the New Minas Court Plaza, click here for map.

Nadine Coleman

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Nadine Coleman

Follow Nadine on Instagram @nadinecc

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I have been a stylist for 11 years. I grew up in a hair salon, my grandmother and aunt were both stylists! I enjoyed spending time in the salon when I was young and would go after school. I always knew it was what I wanted to do.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? My favourite hairstyle is definitely the bob. I love personalizing them to my clients and creating different variations. I like adding in an undercut and creating both short and long bobs – they are so versatile! In relation to color, I am really into the grey and silver trend now that has been so popular!

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My personal style is a little edgy. I really enjoy adding in statement pieces to show creativity and flair. I love accessorizing and anything that sparkles. Fashion trends are a big piece of my inspiration. I find it helpful in creating new hairstyles for my clients by balancing in their style and taste.

What is your favourite Redken product? My favourite Redken product would be Quick Tease! This hairspray lets you create amazing looks!

What sets you apart from other stylists? My passion is hair and coloring through and through and I think that shows to my clients. I strive to build relationships and I take great pride in the friendships I have built. I have the best clients!

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam in 2008. The exam preparation was quite intense at the time. The preparation was very hands on as well as a lot of reading and technical work. Timing was such a big component! I was already a Redken artist and this prior knowledge really gave me an edge for the exam.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? Becoming Redken Certified was a great choice as it pushes you to be on point and know your techniques. The exam also helped to create good habits and efficiency. Timing is such an important aspect of this industry.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Color Certified? I think all stylists should strive to become certified! The process really pushes you to dig deeper into the coloring processes and techniques. Once completed, it gives such a professional edge – you know the “why” behind everything you are doing. It will put you on top of your game! Anyone can do color, but not everyone knows the why behind what they are doing.


To book an appointment with Nadine call the New Minas Head Shoppe at 902-681-1355 or click here to request an appointment. The New Minas Head Shoppe is located in the New Minas Court Plaza, click here for map.