Congratulations to Heidi Carr from Niagara Falls, Ont., on her first-place win in the “So You Think You Can Colour?” Elumenated Edition contest sponsored by Goldwell! We caught up with Carr to find out more about her winning look.
Although Carr originally attended school for fashion design, started sewing at the age of eight and worked in the theatre industry for many years, in the back of her head, she always knew she’d end up working in hair. After thinking to herself that she wasn’t getting any younger, she decided it was time to go back to school and begin her hair journey in her 30s. That’s where she met past Contessa winner and long-time entrant, Marilyn Vendittelli who is currently Carr’s boss at Industry Hair and Esthetics.
“I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” says Carr. “I love making people feel good about themselves and helping them feel beautiful. I get that feeling when I leave the salon and I wanted to make other people feel that way.”
Carr was feeling really creative when the COVID-19 salon shutdown hit and as entering other competitions and shows didn’t seem like a possibility, she decided to take that creative energy and enter this contest.
For this contest, she says she wanted to push herself and see what she could create. “I was getting a lot of my inspiration for this from space magazines. I was inspired by different galaxy pictures – that’s where I came up with the orange hues. I basically used a lot of techniques from my experience in the salon and created pops of colour. I wanted it to be kind of bold but with flickers of colour everywhere.”
Carr used the products Elumen, Colorance and Pure Pigments to create this look and played around with the formulas. “Working in a Goldwell salon, I really love the colour line,” says Carr. “I feel like there’s a lot of options when it comes to fashion colours and things like that.”
Carr loves entering competitions because she gets to push her limits and try things she can’t do on everyday clients. “I love to be creative. Whenever I have a crazy idea, I do it – I was like that even before I was a stylist. After doing my first competition, before I knew if I placed or not, I grew so much. I got to try different things and use different colour lines. The sky’s the limit and you can really learn so much from the people around you,” she says. “If you’re afraid to try or compete, you should really push yourself to do it because that’s how you grow. I feel like there’s a lot of anxiety with this profession. You’re trying to please everyone and want everyone to be happy, but you have to push yourself sometimes because you might surprise yourself.”
Congratulations also goes out to our second-place winner, Contessa 32 Atlantic Hairstylist of the Year Chelsea Sutherland, and our third-place winner, Hannah Deans.