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.