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Alicia White

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Alicia White


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 beauty industry for roughly 11 years now. I knew I belonged in this industry when I worked reception as a teenager. I loved the environment and I knew I had made the right decision as soon as I started hair school. I loved it right away.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? I really like Balayage and Sombre techniques right now. These trends provide such a soft look that is so different from highlights.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My personal style is classic with an edge. My team here at Dutch Village Road Head Shoppe inspires me every day. We are such a creative group! I also look to social media (Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube) for inspiration and follow celebrities for hair and beauty trends.

What is your favourite Redken product? Blonde Idol BBB spray – This product provides multiple benefits – it creates shine, strengthens hair and smells amazing. Just to name a few of its benefits!

What sets you apart from other stylists? I’m very passionate about what I do. I am fully invested in continuing to learn and I attend as many classes as possible each year. Keeping up to date with classes really helps to stay fresh on new trends and helps me continue to grow and evolve as a stylist.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like, and lastly, what did the exam involve? I took the exam in May 2014. Exam preparation included a lot of studying. I studied with my coworkers and did a lot of technical work with timing and formulas. Practicing reading color charts, color books and litho charts was also a big help.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? I feel confident in my skills. I find because I am Redken certified and a senior stylist I am able to give advice to my team when needed and offer some helpful tips.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Certified? Taking the Redken Certified Colorists exam is a great refresher that brings you back to the basics. This exam highlights things you think you know and really makes you refocus and refresh your skills. Over time, you develop habits and this helps to bring Redken’s suggested color practices back to the forefront and reminds you why they’re so important. It also really helps with confidence in your formulations!


To book an appointment with Alicia call the Dutch Village Road Head Shoppe at 902-457-3267 or click here to request an appointment. The Dutch Village Road Head Shoppe is located in the West End of Halifax, click here for map.

Rebecca Scott

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Rebecca Scott

Follow Rebecca on Instagram @hairfashionista.becka

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I’ve been a stylist for 6 years now.  I’ve always loved doing hair. I taught myself how to braid with by using my dolls when I was young and knew it was for me. I’ve always been passionate and have loved every minute since I started my career.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? Lately I have been loving undercutting and bobs. The long bob is very in style right now. In relation to hair color, I love creating the perfect blonde and the ombre trend has been huge! I love brightening hair up for the summer to give sun kissed looks.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? I have a fun, edgy style – lots of texture and bright colors!  I love runway shows and seeing what is around me with color trends. Clothing trends inspire me to balance hair color with seasonal colors. I also use Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration regularly. I love to sit down and talk with my clients for inspiration to ensure I’m clear on exactly what they’re looking for.

What is your favourite Redken product? Right now, I really love the Extreme Lengths Primer! I like it because it is a lightweight leave-in treatment that is great for preserving color! Perfect for blondes!

What sets you apart from other stylists? I am driven and eager to learn new techniques. I’m always looking to break the mold and set new trends.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like, and lastly, what did the exam involve? I took the exam in June 2014 and became certified the following December. It involved a prep day class, where information and materials were given to study. The exam consisted of practical work (foiling and coloring), as well as working with the direction of hair and parting. The written exam was intensive with essay questions on how to correct color and multiple choice scenarios.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? Becoming Redken Certified has taught me to control my speed during services and especially when coloring. I also learned valuable tips on how to be more precise with direction and the layout of coloring.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Certified? The education and skills learned from taking this exam are so valuable. The exam allows you to know how to set yourself apart and how to apply your color knowledge to current trends. It really pushes you to be the best Redken colorist you can be!


To book an appointment with Rebecca call the Clayton Park Head Shoppe at 902-457-7722 or click here to request an appointment. The Clayton Park Head Shoppe is located in the Rockingham Ridge Shopping Plaza, click here for map.

Melanie Spurr

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Melanie Spurr

Follow Melanie on Instagram @melaniespurr

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I’ve been doing hair for over 7 years now. I always knew I wanted do so something artistic. I took a chance, tried the industry, fell in love, and love it more and more every day!

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? I really like silver hair right now. It is such a nice challenge and looks so beautiful! I also love creating sombres – this technique is so natural looking and on trend.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? I would say my style is classic with some bling. I always like to have something with a little edge and color in my wardrobe. I tend to watch red carpets and award shows for beauty trends. I also get inspiration from Instagram because you can really get a global reach and get ideas all over the world.

What is your favourite Redken product? Definitely Redken’s Two Smooth – this product fills in cracks and divots in your hair and leaves such a silky, smooth appearance.

What sets you apart from other stylists? Well, my scalp massage! Also, my attention to detail and my passion for my clients really sets me apart. I really love to see my clients leave smiling and loving their hair.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like? I took the exam October 2014. I prepared by using every spare minute to study! We got together and did study groups with flip cards. We practiced on mannequins in salons and challenged each other to push further!

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? Redken Certified is knowing color inside out. You think you knew a lot about color until you take the exam and realize there is so much more to it. It really makes you think more about the technical aspects about coloring and you know it on a deeper level. It sets you apart and gives you confidence in your coloring.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Certified? I think it just gives you such a better understanding of color. You should always strive to continue to grow in this industry and this really pushes you and gives your clients a sense of confidence in your work!


To book an appointment with Melanie, call the Mic Mac Mall Head Shoppe at 902-465-3747 or click here to request an appointment. The Mic Mac Mall Head Shoppe is located on the first floor of the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, NS, click here for map.

Michele Dauphinee

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Michele Dauphinee

Follow Michele on Instagram @hairbymicheledauphinee

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 beauty industry for 22 years. I knew I wanted to do hair in high school, I participated in a hair show as a model and saw how fun and rewarding it looked and decided that was what I wanted to do.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? Right now, I really love texture. I love to create dimension by adding texture to both the cut and color. Currently I’m really enjoying the undone, unstructured looks.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? I’d say my personal style would be classic with an edge. I like to keep up with current fashion trends, and love to incorporate them with my own style into my wardrobe. I’m inspired by fashion and new hairstyles. I spend time online and often look at Pinterest for inspiration. Other stylists are often great influences as well; I am always aware of other hairstylists that go above and beyond.

What is your favourite Redken product? I would say Argan-6 Oil – (from the All Soft family of Redken products). This product is light enough for everyone to use and makes the hair soft and shiny!

What sets you apart from other stylists? Simply being in the industry isn’t going to cut it anymore. I push myself to continuously learn and attend any class I can take. I never stop learning. I regularly travel to national and international events and constantly push myself to be the best I can be. I love to work with other stylists and I have recently started to work as a trainer with the Head Shoppe. I train new stylists with tips for time management and working in the salon.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like, and lastly, what did the exam involve? I took the exam in May of 2014. Preparing for this exam included a lot of studying, reading, mannequin prep at both home and work in any down time I had. The exam involved two written aspects, including everything you need to know about Redken color (ranging from ingredients to reactions with different hair types). There was also a practical section of the exam involving work on mannequin hair.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? One of the greatest benefits I’ve received is that all the studying reiterated information and allowed me to refocus on what I learned in the past. It really grounded me with key elements of Redken color. The exam makes you think practically, use your skills and know Redken color inside out. As a salon owner and trainer, it solidified what I knew and pushed me to learn the why behind what I know.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Certified? Being a Redken Certified Colorist is a prestigious title and highlights your love for color. Becoming Redken Certified shows dedication and that you’re working to be the best you can be. Why not push yourself and launch your career one step further?


To book an appointment with Michele 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.

Melissa Davies

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Melissa Davies

To see some of Melissa’s work, follow her on Instagram @melissadavies_frhs

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 beauty industry for almost 8 years now. At a very young age I became interested in doing my own hair and ran a beauty salon at my desk in middle school!

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? Right now – definitely Balayage. Balayage is the trend that I am creating the most and I love it. I like adding an extra punch of color into natural hair and Balayage is perfect for that. Less is more!

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity? My personal style is very laid back, natural and relaxed. I like the small details with personal touch to make things my own. My creativity is often inspired by celebrities, clothing trends, Pinterest boards – just to name a few. Other stylists are great influences as well; I love following high level Redken artists for inspiration.

What is your favourite Redken product? Fashion Waves (from the Signature  Looks Collection). This sea salt spray is perfect for providing beachy, natural, undone texture!

What sets you apart from other stylists? Completing the color certification exam has given me confidence to help grow my color business. It pushed me to have a point of difference in my work. I keep up to date with the current trends and use my color knowledge to create fun, original looks.

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like, and lastly, what did the exam involve? I took and completed the exam in May 2014. Exam preparation included a lot of studying. It involved studying many things you do not do in salon on a regular basis. It also gave background information to some tasks that you do daily in salon and may not always know why you were doing it. The exam involved different scenarios in theory questions, multiple choice and hands on techniques. It involved multiple scenarios in which you had to assess the issue and find the correct solution.

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? Overall, becoming certified made me a better stylist than I was before I took the exam. It gave me a clearer understanding of color processes and a refresher in coloring foundations.

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Certified? Why wouldn’t they! Becoming Redken Certified is just another tool in your pocket. It makes you a better stylist to set and achieve goals.


To book an appointment with Melissa 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.

Vicki Awalt

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Vicki Awalt

Follow Vicki on Instagram @vicki.awalt.hair

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist and how long have you been in the industry? I knew I wanted to be a stylist at a young age. My mom is a stylist as well, so I spent years watching her work! I have been in the beauty industry for 10 years now.

What is your favourite color trend or hairstyle? Definitely the babylights and balayage trend right now! I really love the more natural, soft subtle colors and look of this trend.

Describe your personal style and tell us what inspires your creativity. My style is classic. I like to keep up with trends and incorporate them into my style, and of course, I always have my nails done! I regularly attend hair shows for inspiration and creativity. I’m all about pop culture. Social media is also a huge factor that inspires my creativity. Instagram and Pinterest are really great for new ideas.

What is your favourite Redken product? Color Extend Magnetics shampoo and conditioning system are my favourite products right now. This collection really increases color longevity, is sulfate free and smells AMAZING!

What sets you apart from other stylists? I keep pushing myself forward to learn and excel as a hairstylist. I attend many educational events both nationally and internationally to keep learning and to be on top of my game!

When did you take the Redken Certified Colorist Exam and what was the exam preparation like, and lastly, what did the exam involve? I took the exam in May 2014. Exam preparation involved a lot of studying! I studied at work using Redken books and educational pieces, practiced hands on at home with a mannequin head and also relied on studying and practicing with my teammates!

What are the greatest benefits you received from becoming certified? The greatest benefit I received was definitely being pushed out of my comfort zone and becoming confident in my skills and abilities. Taking this exam really forced me to put myself out there and become an expert in Redken color!

Why should other stylists strive to become Redken Certified? For me, being out of school for 10 years, it was a major refresher. I’m using colors now that I wasn’t always comfortable using. Taking the exam really gives you confidence and the knowledge to set yourself apart. Why not be even better at what you love?


To book an appointment with Vicki call the Dutch Village Road Head Shoppe at 902-457-3267 or click here to request an appointment. The Dutch Village Road Head Shoppe is located at 3543 Dutch Village Road, Halifax, NS, click here for map.