Redken Artist Ellen Devine translates her inspiration into innovative design and hair color for guests in the salon.
It’s funny, when I was a teenager my friends and I wanted hair extensions. I did some research and discovered how to put them in correctly, or so it seemed at the time! After a few trial and errors, I had classmates calling to have me put extensions in their hair as well. I told my hairstylist at the time about it and she suggested I go to cosmetology school. The rest is history!
4) What would you consider to be your specialties?
I have a deep passion for design and finishing, however, I always want to be a well-rounded stylist. I love a good haircolor challenge.
5) What are your favorite style and color trends at the moment?
I love all of the “lived in” color and styles happening lately.
6) What Redken products can’t you live without?
I literally cannot live without the Redken Glow Dry Oil Style Enhancing Blow Dry Oil. It gives an amazing shine and helps reduce blow dry time. I like layering a cocktail of Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion and Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow Dry Gel with it for heat protection and a smooth cushiony finish to the hair.
7) Do you have any hairstyling or haircoloring tips/tricks for your fellow Stylists or Colorists?
Everything comes back to principles. Really focus on how to make your life easier knowing the principles of haircolor, design and finishing. The key is to work smarter not harder! Sometimes we try to rush things behind the chair because of time constrictions. Keep in mind when you do something the right way first, which can take a bit more time, you save having to correct yourself in the end.
8) Where do you find inspiration for coming up with new styles?
I look everywhere, from fashion week to Pinterest. My goal is to bring pieces of everything that inspires me into a collaborative and innovative design and color for my guests in the salon.
9) What stylist inspires you?
I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most talented and inspiring artists in the hair industry. Alongside that, getting to share Redken education, I have the opportunity to meet hairstylists from all over the country. It isn’t just one person that inspires me, but a little piece of everyone that I meet that builds my inspiration to do the best I can and never stop learning.
10) What impact has Redken made on your career?
Being a part of Redken was a game changer. Every class I attended I felt reenergized and inspired. Not only has it helped my income, but it gave me the support we need as hairstylists whether that came from a fellow Redken Artist or the Redken Breakroom, I always have a support system.
11) What’s your favorite Redken moment?
My first time at the Redken Exchange! It was also my first time in New York. It was truly surreal that can only be experienced!
12) What’s your favorite Redken class?
I love “Cut and Know Why” at the Redken Exchange. I mean who wouldn’t love 4 days of in-depth principle based cutting!?