From emerging hairstylists who are just getting their start to excelling stylists who are on their way to becoming the next set of leaders and to even those in between, we spoke with hairstylists to learn more about their stories and how they’re making their mark on the industry.
Kelly Héroux, Salon Espace C, Brossard, Que.
Age: 21 • Pronouns: She/Her
For Kelly Héroux, being a hairstylist was always her calling. “I knew from elementary school that I wanted to be
a stylist,” she says. “I remember being really young and telling my parents that it was my dream. I think that’s what I’m most proud of: listening to myself from the start.”
For Héroux, the dynamic nature of being a hairstylist is what keeps her going. “I love the fact that there’s always something new to learn,” she says. “Of course, there are always challenges for younger stylists, but that’s what pushes me. I always have to do a little more than others to prove my worth as a stylist.”
Throughout her career, Héroux has been working at Salon Espace C in Quebec and says that working with a team has been a big benefit for her. “The team is simply wonderful,” she says. “Everyone helps one another, and we stayed in touch during the pandemic, which I think made us even stronger than before. We’re one big, beautiful team. Ann-Marie Goupil and Kathleen Landry [co- owners of the salon] are the best people I could have learned from. They’re always there to help me, which I’m very grateful for. Things can be difficult at the beginning because you have no experience, so it’s great to work with people like them who help you move forward.”
Héroux knew competing was something she always wanted to do, even before she went to hair school. “I’ve always been competitive, especially with myself, so I needed something to push my limits even more,” she says. “When I started working at Salon Espace C, I was so happy that they were doing competitions, and being part of a team like that motived me even more.”
Although competing can be hard for younger stylists, Héroux says that her mentors have helped her along the way. “Ann-Marie and her brother Pete have helped me a lot with my creative process for competitions,” she adds. “They’ve taught me everything, and I can’t wait to learn even more from them and continue competing.” Even though Héroux’s career is just starting, she’s already learned a lot. “On several occasions, I doubted myself and wanted to give up, but I didn’t, and now I’m more than proud of myself,” she says. “It may sound cliché, but if I could give one piece of advice to other young stylists, it would be to never give up. I know that at the beginning it’s difficult, but in life you can’t have everything just by snapping your fingers. Some people have an easier time than others for sure, but the goal is to go as far as possible, not to be the fastest one.”
“I think that the new generation of stylists is very promising,” she adds. “The people who enter the world of hairstyling now are motivating others to learn more, and they aren’t afraid to push their limits.”