On her first time entering the Master Colourist of the Year category, Heidi Kenney proves that you don’t need live in a big city to take home the win. We caught up with Kenney, who resides in Yarmouth Nova Scotia, to find out more about her inspiration, how she feels now that she’s won her first Contessa and what she’ll be planning for the year ahead!
Salon Magazine: When did you first know you wanted to be a hairstylist?
Heidi Kenney: Although for a brief moment I wanted to be a librarian, thankfully that passed. When I was 8 years old we lived next door to a hair salon. I would go and sit in the salon and watch for hours. I decided then that I would become a hairdresser.
SM: Who are your styling influences?
HK: There are so many. Of course, Vidal Sassoon. I’m a fan of many UK stylists, I love Vivienne Mackinder, Angelo Seminara, John Simpson, Mark Leeson, Sue Pemberton, and Michelle Pargee. I am a fan of many UK stylists as well as many amazing colourists here in Canada.
SM: What’s your secret weapon?
HK: Matrix Colour, I love the pure pigments and the endless creativity that they allow me. I also adore Matrix Light Insider, a zero ammonia cream lightener because it leaves the hair in such amazing condition. Also, I have to mention the power of the Internet as a 21st-century tool: I really think it has been a game changer. I can see what’s going on with hair anywhere on the globe, which makes research a piece of cake.
SM: What advice would you give to someone entering the Contessas for the first time?
HK: Have a solid plan and storyboard every detail. Also, it’s important to understand the roles of each team member. Respect the strengths of each person on the team. Be open to criticism.
SM: What was your process for planning this collection?
HK: For my Contessa Master Colorist collection I started by doing a massive amount of research into what had already been done by other winners. Then I practiced my colors and cuts on mannequins and created a story board of my vision. Then I brought together a great team to help produce that vision.
SM: What’s the next milestone you want to achieve in your career?
HK: Next year I plan to build my portfolio with several photo shoots. I hope to enter the Contessas, attend some inspiring education sessions, and continue to nourish my creative soul.
Image: Eric Taveres