Making his transition into the hair industry 6 years ago, Todd Kane has accomplished a great deal in such a short time. Currently a Matrix Artistic Educator, Todd uses his passion and creativity to impart wisdom on thousands of stylists each year. Winning a NAHA as Newcomber of the Year in 2012 was just the beginning for Todd. Get to know him below and stay tuned for his insights on the latest trends, tutorials and color inspiration.
What drew you to hair styling?
My former mother-in-law was a stylist. She shared her space with the town barber and we would be at the salon a couple times a week for a number of reasons – Jennifer, my ex-wife always wanted something done – funny our daughter asks the same of me every week! Anyway, being in that creative space stuck with me. On one side it was sea foam green walls, dried flower arrangements, coffee cake and giggles. The other, keg fridge, stuffed deer head, and laughter. The energy was infectious and everyone seemed to just want to be there. I made the decision to do what I love or do something else, so I became a hair stylist and haven’t looked back in six years.
'Woodland' Camo Couture Collection
NAHA Color Entry 2016
What is your favorite technique to use?
I like to use my hands quite a bit with lightener – its freehand balayage. I use the technique mostly on short hair for men and women.
What has been your biggest defining moment in your career (so far)?
I’m sure being a NAHA finalist for Newcomer of the year in 2013 is up there, however I recently put together a project and all my resources backed out. I had purchased a camera and light set last year as a Christmas present to myself – I pulled it all together, found a studio and shot it myself and absolutely LOVE the images. I felt 10 feet tall! When it was done I looked at the body of work and realized I had tapped into another level of focus and artistry that I didn’t think to examine. It was growing moment – a defining moment actually, both creatively and professionally. All I need now is to learn makeup. Well, maybe I will leave that to someone else – all my models would look like circus clowns.
'Neopolitan' NAHA Newcomer 2012
Is there a specific area you often find yourself looking to for inspiration?
Funny you should ask. I thought I was attracted to color, texture, sound, etc. But as I began to develop concepts – it was the model and the stories they would share that took me in surprising and creative directions. I like the ‘story’. So, now I speak to people about their hair – strangers, potential clients or simply unique people I run into. They inspire me and I bring those stories to life with color, cut and styling. I simply call them ‘Color Stories’.
What is the one product/tool that you can’t live without?
ColorSync Clear color. It literally puts the entire spectrum of color at your fingertips.
How do you use color to enhance a style?
If your in my chair, color is going to happen – just tell me if you want your color to whisper, sigh or shout and I’ll do the rest.
What is your favorite thing about being an Educator?
Lack of knowledge creates anxiety and cripples the creative process. As an educator I can help stylists ‘get smart’ and unleash their passion and creativity. That is a beautiful thing.
'Tundra' Camo Couture Collection
NAHA Color Entry 2016
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Who were your mentors along the way and how have they shaped your career?
Damien Carny – Precision.
Chrystofer Benson – Vision.
Ruth Roche – Invention.
Sam Villa – Intention.
What hair/color trends can we look forward to this Summer?
Depends on who buys the magazine covers. For me, its whatever you and I decide. We all need more color in our lives - particularly the shade that makes you and everyone around you FEEL it.
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