Madison Ave Salon - Seattle, WA
Hair: Kay Matthews
Makeup: Karelea Mazolla
Photo: Barry Druxman
Model: Karelea Mazolla
Phagans’ School of Hair Design
Hair: Phagans’ Student Team
Makeup: Megan Pottinger
Photo: Bulb Studio
Model: Amanda Niksich
Studio Mantra - Eugene, OR
Hair & Makeup: Gwynne McLaughlin
Photo: Brian P. Jones
Model: Ana Fernandes
Kay Matthews considers herself a media artist.
As an experienced hairstylist for 17 years, she specializes in hair extensions, relaxers, haircolor, braids and designer cuts, but hair art is her passion.
Owner of Madison Avenue Salon in Seattle, a small place where her team creates hair art with extensions and color that become a big success, this is where the concept for the 2009 Northwest Stylist Cover Contest winning entry was created.
“The photo shoot started two weeks earlier when I first came up with the concept,” Matthews described. “That was actually the longest part of the process.”
“My vision started with the Barbie. I wanted a modern futuristic version of the Barbie,” she remarked. “I created the hair with extensions at the salon in about an hour.”
The model, Karelea Mazolla, did all of her own makeup under Kay’s direction. Fashion accessories were purchased randomly, but Matthews decided not to use any clothing and put all the emphasis towards the hair.
Experienced photographer Barry Druxman at his studio in Bellevue took the winning photo. “My photographer is a lighting genius,” Kay exclaimed.
Druxman is a published photographer with catalogs, magazines and runway photography in his background. Currently he specializes in actor’s headshots, pageant headshots and model’s comp cards. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (425) 761-4667.
Kay is a three time winner of the Northwest Stylist Cover Contest and a 2004 North American Hairstylist Award winner; her next goal is to become a media artist mentor.
“I’m mentoring hair, makeup and fashion stylists by working with them in selecting the right concept, model, photographer and wardrobe. I will also attend the photo sessions and help the stylist direct the photo shoot with their visual concept and help the stylist edit the final images,” she explained.
At the end of her program the stylist will have complete knowledge as a media artist and will be able to execute their visions. For more information in Matthews mentoring program contact her at 206-328-5628 or email@example.com
Why does Kay think she won again? “I think I won because of my passion for the business and my attention to detail,” she replies. “Just entering this contest sets you apart from many stylists. It says you are taking genuine interest in your career and that requires a strong desire and skill.”
Congratulations Kay on another incredible shot and we thank all who entered the 2009 Northwest Stylist Cover Contest.