We would like to introduce Whitney Huffman, one of Knot Couture’s talented vendors, model, and friend. She has graciously worked with us on both sides of the camera as a hairstylist and model from the very beginning. In her professional life, Whitney is a hair stylist in the Atlanta area at Salon Red. She has been the mastermind behind several of the amazing hair styles and colors both Erin and Nancy have had over the past year. Here is a photo of this pretty gal, as she modeled Cindy Manson from our short dress line. Read her interview below, and then check out the pictures of her amazing work!
Why do you think you decided to become a hair stylist? I wanted a job that was fun and artistic… and also paid the bills! When I was in college, I would color all of my friend’s hair for fun. I changed my major 4 times and when I found out I could have a career as a Hairstylist I was sold!
How did you get your start in the industry? I went to Roffler Hairstyling college and got a job assisting at Intrigue Salon.
Which iconic hairstyles do you love? I love the “Victoria secret” model hair and short/funky punk rock haircuts… There are no rules with those… I don’t like following rules
Who inspires you? My boyfriend and friends…is that cheesy? They are very supportive and are always there for me. They also let me experiment on their heads.
What is your favorite hair look? Messy! And lots of texture!
Which styling tools do you use most often? My Nick Arrojo medium round brush and this really awesome 1″ barrel curling iron made by UBE -great for lose waves!
What has been one of your favorite hair products to to work with? I’ve worked with Aveda, Arrojo, Redkin, Bumble and Bumble, and Orbe… I’d have to say that my favorites are Arrojo and Orbe!
How do you feel hair relates to personal style? Hairstyles can say a lot about a person! An outfit doesn’t look complete without the right hairstyle… I colored my hair blonde once. I hated it!! Couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. My outfits didn’t look right and I just didn’t feel like me.
How do you think that hair relates to a person’s confidence? Oh, I think having the right hairstyle helps you feel better about yourself, especially women. Great hair makes us feel sexy and powerful!
Are there any types of products you would advise people to stay away from? YES! supermarket products! They are full of waxes and fillers. They strip your hair color and leave residue that makes the hair appear dull… You get what you pay for!!!
What are some hair styling “don’ts”?
1. Don’t use heat on your hair without a thermal protectant
2. Don’t use box color!!! The developers in the box could be too strong for your hair! When a developer is too strong for your hair it blows out your hair’s cuticles. This causes: frizz, breakage, split ends and faded color.
3. Don’t expect your hair to look perfect without styling it/using product.
How did you feel about making the Creative Loafing 2011 Lust List? I was very surprised and flattered! When they called, I thought they had the wrong person! It was a great experience!!!
Thank you Whitney for your time and all of your help with our business!