Yes, you read it correctly! I'm starting a series of featured Rebels and there is no better place to start than with Kylea. She is a long-time client and friend who not only gives me the freedom to create but she also trusts the process and rocks every new look with confidence and a punk rock attitude.
E: You have always been up for new hair looks; what are your thoughts on your style?
K: My style is something that I unconsciously think about a lot. It’s not that I’m out here thinking how can I push things but rather I feel like when I was younger my style was way more out there, way more I don’t care what anyone thinks I’m going to do it. Since there’s more of an expectation on what you wear my hair kinda allows me to keep that attitude. I think body image is so inherently tied to clothing/style that I just feel pushing the hair limits is easy!
E: If you could offer any advice to someone looking to let loose or update their look, what would it be?
K: Honestly everyone says to me all the time “OMG I love your hair, I wish I had the guts to do it” and I think like well it’s not really hard, just do it. Honestly it’s hair, it grows. Hate a colour? It can be fixed. No hair stylist is going to want you leaving their chair lookin a hot mess or upset with your look. You just have to trust that. If there’s something you want to do just do it, don’t over think it. Find a stylist who is going to be honest with you about whether something is suited for your face shape etc and maybe you have to build a plan around a dream or maybe you have to take some steps to get there but just run with it. Go crazy, I hear you only live once, so live your best damn life and throw your full trust into someone’s hands.
E: Where the hell do you get the confidence to rock any and every hair style and colour?
K: My confession is that I’m actually really shy and I also can be quiet. Shocking I know. But there is literally no better ice breaker than walking into a room with wild hair. People want to talk about it, people want to tell you how much they love it and wish they could have it. It’s that punk rock attitude of not giving a shit that got me here but being complimented/known for your wicked locks really builds up the confidence. It’s a state of mind. I don’t think wild hair makes someone unprofessional and I also really love shoving that in peoples faces.
Sometimes a new do takes a few days of living in it, working with it, styling it, sleeping in it etc to fully feel like it belongs to you but once you recognize yourself in the mirror that’s you and you own it. Somedays you just fake it till ya make it.
E: Redheads and curly/wavy haired people (**Yes, Kylea is a wavy-haired redhead!) are always told there are barriers to what is possible with their hair. What are your thoughts/experiences on that?
K: All my life people told me I couldn’t have what I wanted because of my red tones. My hair is thick, it’s coarse, it’s does what the hell it wants and that’s totally fine. It took me years to adjust my personal expectations of my hair through trial and error. I had many a bad bleach job, went through so many tubs of manic panic and punky colours and ruined a lot of towels. I learned that expecting a result doesn’t mean you’re going to receive it. Living in PEI for years also meant no access to decent products (I used to smuggle colours back and buy them on eBay) and no access to anyone willing to push the colour envelope. Honestly finding you was a dream because you don’t tell me we can’t do that (maybe not that day but that’s how it is sometimes). There’s things I don’t expect from my hair, like going platinum blonde with ease and absolutely damage free. I also know if I’m moving from one colour to another what happens after the lightener dictates what happens in the end. I don’t go in and say I want this picture I saw on Instagram and I want it today because nine times out of ten that’s a pipe dream. Finding someone killer I can trust allows me to just say go wild and I know it will look amazing. So don’t let my sweet, insane before and afters fool you, we are letting my hair dictate where we end up.