Featured Stylist: Jason Kearns
Jason Kearns has been in the hair industry for over 30 years, not only as a hair artist, but as a salon owner and art director for his photography collections. From the very beginning, Jason had a passion for hair which allowed him to work hard through rigid training where he would “eat, sleep, and drink hairdressing.”
His career started in London where he began training and assisting before moving to Canada and opening his first salon business in Montreal. Now, along with his editorial work, Jason owns a Toronto-based salon, Kearns & Co, where all the stylists are passionate about giving clients a great look. They are committed to giving their clients a good experience and personalize each cut and style to the client’s individual hair, face, and personality.
While many stylists enjoy submitting their work to competitions for the challenge and exposure, Jason chooses to challenge himself in a slightly different way by working on photography collections where he is both the art director and hair artist. Unlike hair shows or competitions, Jason says that after these photo sessions “you have something you are left with…that film, those images, and portfolio.”
Jason’s most recent photography collection “Blue Moon” was inspired by The Mavericks’ song by the same name. It is a perfect example of how hair artists can get inspiration from all different kinds of art. He wanted to create blue-haired looks; but unlike other styles that he had seen, he wanted a full blue look rather than partial color. Jason built the set himself, which has an Ottoman Empire feel and inspiration behind it. Like all his photographic work, he uses an entire set and the entire body to create the images rather than most hair photography that focuses on just the head and shoulders.
Of course with such a successful career in the industry, Jason has a few words of wisdom to share with aspiring stylists. He is very diligent about the importance of education and says that hair artists should “always strive to see people better than themselves” to continue learning.
Check out some more of the pieces from “Blue Moon”: