Iles Formula introduces this week Katie Tellor owner of Abstrakt Studio in Texas. She has built quite an empire with her amazing team featured below. Read the good advice from Katie on the hair industry today. See more on Katie at www.abstrakt.studio and her Instagram @abstraktstudio.
IF: Tell us what you think is the biggest challenge in hairdressing today?
The biggest challenge for myself as a stylist behind the chair as well as my staff members is managing clients’ expectations in this new digital age. With hair inspiration photos at their fingertips on Pinterest and Instagram, it can be helpful in understanding a client’s #hairgoals but can make it very difficult when they show us filtered pics or hair that is unachievable in one session.
IF: What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
There are so many I don’t know how to choose just one. I wear several hats, so as a salon owner I love growing my staff members and seeing them hit milestones in their careers. As a stylist behind the chair, I enjoy building long term relationships with clients and helping them achieve healthy hair that they may have felt wasn’t possible.
IF: Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?
I decided to go to hair school after attending college for a few years because I wasn’t being fulfilled in that sort of academic setting. I wanted to do something creative and be surrounded by like-minded people. It was an easy transition. Now, 17 years later, after building a full clientele, opening 2 successful salons, and educating other stylists all around the country, I know I made the right choice for my career path.
IF: If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser what would you have been?
In college, I was a French major and I intended on becoming a high school French teacher. Although my French skills are now rusty, this was definitely a foreshadowing of my role as an educator in the hair industry.
IF: What is your greatest strength?
My greatest strength is definitely my cool-headedness in business. My team members and clients comment on it often. Life is too short to get your feathers ruffled over every little thing. It’s a Capricorn thing!
IF: Your favourite hairdressing tools?
My favorite tools are my Harry Josh blowdryer, Calligraphy Cut pen, YS Park color/balayage brush and Ergo round brushes
IF: Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How you discovered us and which formula is your favourite?
I discovered Iles Formula on social media, specifically through hair extension specialists on Instagram. After hearing so many stylists and clients raving about the products, I had to try it for myself. Like everyone else, I was quickly sold! I love the Finishing Serum for hair extensions. It makes them so soft, manageable and gives them more bounce and life.
IF: What was the most challenging job you ever made?
The most challenging job I ever had was opening my first salon. Manoeuvring from a stylist behind the chair into the business world was tough. I thought I was Wonder Woman and could/should do it ALL. I quickly learned that I needed to find the right support in all areas of the business, and it made the job so much easier.
IF: What was your worst hair moment and why…. privately or on set/stage or in the salon?
I was leading a very large balayage class with 2 other educators, and after processing our model’s hair for about 20 minutes, we learned that she had used purple Splat on her hair for a bachelorette party. Needless to say, the results (coral) weren’t exactly what we were anticipating!
IF: If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?
Probably Celeste Barber! Not only does she have great hair, but I would totally love to laugh with her during a hair sesh!
IF: Where do you pull hair inspiration from?
From my entire team of stylists at Abstra(kt) Studio.
IF: Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?
I could write a book here, but I will keep this brief! Be consistent and reliable, take as many classes as you possibly can and never stop learning new techniques, have an uplifting energy in the salon with both clients and coworkers, look polished and dress the part (remember, like attracts like), promote yourself online and off, and always prebook.