This week Iles Formula Hair Talk Featuring Mackenzie Tereault From Habit Salon Arizona is our artist spotlight. Mackenzie does stunning work with color and extensions and you won’t want to miss what she has to say about beauty, her favorite products and some of her best advice. To see more from Mackenzie, check out her Instagram @hairbykenzie.t .
IF: Tell us what you think is the biggest challenge in hairdressing today?
Home care. Clients come in wanting and investing in the big transformation, they can leave with their hair goal but when they don’t invest time to take care of their hair after they leave the salon their color won’t keep the same polished look.
IF: What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
All the people I’m able to meet and the transformation. I love when someone loves my work so much they tell me I can do whatever I think will look best on them, this is my favorite because I feel like I can really bring out their best features.
IF: Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?
I’ve always loved hair, and when I was about 13 I knew this was the future I wanted. I went the traditional college route first, it wasn’t until I told my boyfriend, now husband my dream that he encouraged me to go after that dream. I just needed someone to believe in me and then I made it happen!
IF: If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser what would you have been?
I would have loved to be a florist.
IF: What is your greatest strength?
Perseverance & Loyalty!
IF: Your favorite hairdressing tools?
My Babyliss Pro 1 1/2 inch curling iron, I don’t know how I ever curled hair before having this iron. Wet Brush pro precision styling clips, these little clips are so strong yet gentle, I love using them for foiling in small spaces with fine hair or when I’m braiding to hold the hair in place.
IF: Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How you discovered us and which formula is your favorite?
Our friend Jaye Edwards Owner of Edwards and Co. in Australia came to visit us last year and told us about the most amazing hair care line ILES! Wendy Iles and Danielle Valiente came and let us use the products and since then I knew that’s all I wanted to use on my clients. It’s so hard to choose a favorite product but if I had to pick just one it would be the Finishing Serum. It makes the hair strands feel fuller, gives incredible condition, shine and creates memory when styling so the hair holds styles longer.
IF: What was the most challenging job you ever made?
Starting over, investing my time with another salon, changing to where I work now, leaving clients to find a better work environment for me to feel like I could grow. I’ve never been happier with the change I’ve made and the constant love, growth and encouragement I feel now.
IF: What was your worst hair moment and why….privately or on set/stage or in the salon?
The day after I finished hair school, one of my educators used me as a hair model. My hair length was to my shoulder blades, I was siting back in the chair with wet hair looking in the mirror I noticed my left side looked like ramen noodles (I have straight hair) I reached up and barely touched it and my left side completely fell off to chin length hair. I received a very edgy cut that day, I wasn’t prepared and as I started my career I didn’t feel like I portrayed the type of hair I wanted to be creating. I am thankful I went through this experience so I can understand others that have gone through similar damage and provide them with the tools to nourish their hair. If only I had Iles Formula then.
IF: If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?
I’ve had great opportunities to work on so many people this past year. I can’t think of anyone in particular, I’m always up for whoever comes my way.
IF: Where do you pull hair inspiration from?
Instagram, not just the artists I follow on Instagram but Instagram itself, always evolving encouraging us to keep up with change and challenging us to create! First it was pictures, videos, stories now IGTV. We are always being pushed to create something new. We are forced to find creativity within ourselves to find the next big thing!
IF: Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?
I still consider myself a young hairdresser. Just say YES to every opportunity, hustle, be happy to assist, always find something new to learn, don’t compare yourself to others, to get where you want to be takes time, work for it!
IF: Thank you Mackenzie for sharing with us!