10 Jan Pt.2 TWO HAIR INNOVATORS & A MAKEOVER. MEET BOBBY & KRISTEN!
VIDEO: Filmed & Edited by Bobby Maloy
In part 2 of this hair journey, we met up with the incredible hair sorceress, Kristen Michelle. When seeking a colorist to lift hair as dark as mine, you want to go to someone who will be able to achieve the task but still maintain the health of your hair. In short, invest in a pro!
Kristen has been a color specialist for fourteen years and a salon owner for nine. Back in 2016 she was named one of the Top 3 Instagramers to follow by San Antonio Magazine and this past year in 2018, she was a Behind the Chair One Shot Creative Color Nominee and Finalist. Throughout her career she has found a love for education and has been traveling around the world teaching eager students the tricks of her trade while continually collecting a flood of loyal clientele who visit her NOW SALON religiously.
Kristen Michelle of Now Salon
During our session, the masterfully tattooed beauty, skillfully inspected my hair with care, passionately bobbing and weaving to strategically paint sections that would eventually create incredible dimension on a soon-to-be multi blue layered hairscape. The music of choice that day was 90’s grunge and alternative, a favorite of the entire crew, even her younger colorist Selina moved to the grooves as she assisted with the project.
Kristen teaches a variety of color techniques to create customized art for every type of clientele. She sees every client as a blank canvas waiting to become a masterpiece. With her knowledge behind the chair and her savvy as a business owner, she has valuable skills, techniques and knowledge that gains her numerous students and prospects who want to work in her salon. She has worked with many color lines and products. Most recently she teamed up with London based Colour Line Osmo which has elevated her coloring techniques through blending methods. She believes there is always room to learn and grow in the hair industry, and when asked her opinion on the subject, she replied, “There is no rest for the weary when you want to be one of the best.” Like Bobby, we caught up with her shortly after the makeover to pick her brain with our questions. Get to know Kristen better and check out the final results below.
SLTV: Kristen, we asked Bobby these questions too. We would love your perspective as well. So, we went blue! Can you explain the techniques you used to achieve this multi dimensional hair color?
KM: To achieve this look, you must first have a consultation. It’s actually the most important part of creating a vivid hairstyle because the fact is, that most want something that’s almost unachievable. Once we established our ideas we started with what is known as foilayage (a form of balayage created with foils to lift the hair higher). Once we lifted the hair to a level we can achieve a vivid tone with, we created our shades of blues and paint the hair. We started with the deepest shade of blue and melted the lighter shades into it to create a seamless blend.
SLTV: Explain the power of hair. What does it mean to you?
KM: We can change our hair at any point, become a totally different person by just a cut or a color. At pivotal moments in our lives we want to change something, usually our hair because it’s a canvas that the world can see. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul; I feel our hair is the palette of our creativity.
SLTV: Besides fashion, what other art forms inspire you? Do you use them or reference them when doing hair?
KM: Honestly everything around me influences my art. From fashion designers who let me design a style around their work to talent creating editorial showstoppers. I also pull from architecture which pushes my line work in my colors.
SLTV: Tell us something about yourself that the fashion community probably doesn’t know about you.
KM: Something that isn’t that well known in our world is that I was an actress for 12 years. I started as a child actress and continued as a young adult. Recently I decided to try and get back into the game, so we will see how that goes.
SLTV: So you know we gotta ask… favorite place to get Tacos in SA?
KM: Oh lord my favorite tacos…Rosario’s!
Final Look by Bobby Maloy & Kristen Michelle. Photo by Bobby Maloy.