Meet Alli [Kelly Kelsey]. She is Ooh La Laura’s Resident Hair Babe. Each month we will have this beauty answer your hair Q&A’s or showing you how to do killer beach waves or that bump-tastic ponytail you’ve been dying to emulate. This young little thing graduated from Ohio University in 2014 and immediately jumped into Paul Mitchell’s Professional Hair Styling program in Cincinnati. She flew through the program, advancing and graduating from the “Honors” program [per se], and is twiddling her thumbs until she is able to take her State Boards. Check back here when she’s board certified to get a spot in her chair. She’s going to be worth every penny.
Let’s find out what makes this tease comb-loving, redhead-rocking, hair queen tick:
1] Why did you attend both college and hair school?
My dad had always envisioned me in the corporate world doing marketing for a big corporation, but he said if I really wanted to do hair, I could after I got my degree- which I did! Although I put my dreams on hold for 4 years, I wouldn’t have done it any different. I loved my college experience. I would advise any young girl wanting to pursue hair to do that same.
2] Who is your hair-spiration?
The All-Ameican Girl, herself, CARRIE UNDERWOOD! I have always said that my biggest dream was to be her hairdresser.
3] What, if any, is your biggest hair regret?
My sophomore year of college, I started to put John Freida’s Go Blonder spray in my hair. It turned my hair blonde just how I wanted, but silly, uneducated me didn’t know about toners and my hair eventually turned bright yellow and even started to break off! Don’t do your hair color at home, kids!!
4] What are your biggest career aspirations?
As I stated earlier, my ultimate dream would be to work with Carrie Underwood. Recently, I have had aspirations of moving to a new, big city down south, such as Nashville or Austin and seeing where my talents can get me as far as a high end clientele. But, for now, I am completely satisfied with staying close to home and making Cincinnati even more beautiful that it already is.
5] I’m in your chair: are we chatting like old friends, gossiping about celebs, or in separate worlds with no conversation?
I am the 22nd of 32 grandchildren on my dad’s (very Irish and very Catholic) side of the family so if there’s one thing [other than doing hair] that I’m good at, it’s talking!! My conversations typically start off with just the clients in my chair, spreads to my colleagues, and eventually to the guests in their chairs. I don’t think I ever learned what my inside voice was 😉 .
6] What is your favorite type of client/least favorite type of client?
My favorite clients are the ones who come in saying that their hair won’t curl and they don’t have a lot of volume. I love them because I get to prove them wrong and surprise them with something they haven’t been able to do themselves. If you sit in my chair and say you want something big and curly, I’ve got you taken care of. I always say “let’s make Dolly Parton proud“.
My least favorite clients are the ones who think they know more than me. I’m still in the rookie stage of my career so there are a lot of people out there who try to belittle me or boss me around; being in customer service, it’s hard to not offend them and still get your point across. What usually works for me is saying “yes ma’am” a lot and throwing out a couple big scientific words- that usually gets them to shut up and let me do my thing.
Loose curls and teased on the top and sides. I don’t have an older sister so my older girl cousins had to step in and show me the right way to tease hair [one of them has a really cool blog, you guys should check it out]. It’s been my signature look for years and it hasn’t failed me yet!
8] Who’s blessed with the best texture hair: Wavy, curly, or pin-straight
Wavy hair is definitely the easiest to deal with when it comes to versatility, but seriously all three hair types have the capability to do anything. It’s all about product knowledge and using good professional tools to achieve the look you want. When your stylist is suggesting products for you to take home, it’s not a gimmick or a hoax. These products really do serve a great purpose for you hair. Sure, they are going to be more expensive than the drug store products you are currently using, but I guarantee you’ll be happier with the results.
9] Men’s hair can be buzz cut or cutting edge: what is your preference?
I honestly don’t care as long as I get to play with it! My men’s grooming idol is Diana Schmidtke [Hollywood’s A list men’s hairdresser]. Her slogan is that she “makes hot guys look hotter”. I saw her as a platform artist out in [Las] Vegas earlier this year and ever since I heard her say that, I set my mind to do just that when a guy sits in my chair. If you want a buzz cut, I’ll make you look as good with a buzz as Eric Decker does. If you want to look like Chase Crawford (which I’ve done before) I’m going to make my razor my best friend for that appointment.
10] You only get 3 products for the rest of your life: name ‘em and why!
1] A good, PROFESSIONAL, color protecting shampoo- I love my red hair and I intend to keep it! 2] Heat Protect for when I use an iron andddddddddddd 3] extra body mousse. Have I mentioned I like big hair??
Bonus: If you could give a hair makeover to any one person, living or not, who would it be?
Clay Matthews [linebacker//Green Bay Packers]. Not that I don’t love his luscious, long, blonde locks, because I DO. However, if he was ever wanting to change things up, I would want nothing more than to have the bragging rights that I was the one to cut off all of Clay Matthews’ hair and make him sexier than he already is.
Photo Cred// The Spish
Y’all, send us your biggest hair questions, curiosities, and stumps! Alli will be visiting us monthly [until she gets too big for this little blog] to teach, answer, or just make you laugh with her vivacious personality! Check back for our “Ask Alli” series!
* all photo credit//Alli Kelly Kelsey [unless otherwise noted] *