As a hairstylist for 18 years and a salon owner for more than seven, Eryn Wall still has the same passion for her craft—and competing—as she did when she first began her career. “Early on, I was interested in competition and entered every student and newcomer competition I could find,” says Wall, who owns The Headroom Salon and Spa in Paradise, Nfld. “Competition is a natural part of the industry for me, and I think it keeps a level of excitement for us stylists.”
Having placed as a finalist in the Atlantic Hairstylist category at the 32nd annual Contessa Awards, Wall has won several awards throughout her career. She currently works as a design team member for Wella Professionals and is a national educator for Great Lengths Extensions, which she incorporated into one of her Contessa looks.
“I love to be creative, and hair is such an amazing canvas. Things are always growing and evolving in this industry; there are so many new techniques and products, which means we’re always learning and being kept on our toes.”
When creating this collection, Wall says she was inspired by an exaggerated and bright sunrise.
“I went with bold, bright colours for the sunrise effect, and the softness of pastel pinks to represent a summer sunset,” she says. “The dark midnight sky was created using darker plums and dark velvet greens. I dressed the models in relaxed, oversized collared shirts as the vibe was relaxed and sensual.”
For her first image (the long-haired look), Wall says she wanted a bright and bold colour palette, so she used Wella’s Color Fresh Create line and a colour blocking technique. “For the cut, I wanted a bold fringe with a super-heavy weight line almost to the eyes, with layers directed forward to create a face-framing effect and some softness,” she explains. “For the fringe, I used High Magenta— one of my favourites—and applied the same colour in large panels throughout the hair, alternating with yellow to make some bright pops. Finally, I applied three bundles of Great Lengths 20-inch extensions to my model’s hair to add more density and length.”
When Inspiration Strikes…
When it comes to drawing inspiration for the looks and collections she creates, Wall says she’s often inspired by various things (and people), but nature and fashion are her top sources.
“Where I live, I overlook the ocean and see the most beautiful skies, which always inspire my work,” she says. “I’ve also always loved fashion and follow [trends] closely. I love to see what shapes, materials and colours designers will pull each season and believe that fashion and hair go hand in hand!”
She says she also loves to work with colour, and especially bolder tones. “Behind the chair, my clients typically request more commercial looks, so when I get to do creative work, I tend to gravitate towards a palette consisting of brighter tones or soft pastel shades,” she says. “Some of my favourite looks to create are blondes with pastel tones and I love cutting bobs.”
On the Bright Side
As a salon owner, Wall says she was certainly impacted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and her province’s two shutdowns, but she took the time to re-evaluate her business and focus on offering online education.
“This shift to online education showed the commitment of our industry, and that even though we can’t be with each other in person, we don’t have to stop doing what we love,” she says. “I think that has been very powerful.”