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.