Vicki Awalt

Meet Redken Color Certified Hair Stylist Vicki Awalt

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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.