Stylist Spotlight: Chris Carr
Chris Carr has only been in the hair business for a short 5 years, but he’s already accomplished a lot; he’s a balayage, blonde and long hair specialist, a Master Designer, of course, a certified Great Lengths Artist, and 2018 was a year of both professional and personal highlights. With a plethora of extremely satisfied clients, a dedication to his craft and some serious ambition, we can’t wait to see what is in store for Chris in 2019.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CAREER!
My name is Chris Carr and I’m 23 years old. I’m from Fredericton, New Brunswick and I have been a hairstylist for five years. I enrolled in hair school as soon as I graduated high school, so my career began at a very young age and from the start I took it very seriously. After moving away for year, I returned back to my hometown and began posting my work anywhere, and everywhere I could. I had to start from scratch, but I knew with a lot of marketing and self-promotion, I could build my clientele.
How long have you been working with Great Lengths; what was your inspiration to join the GL network?
I have been working with Great Lengths for just under a year now and I absolutely love it! I have always been so passionate about extensions. Growing up, I was always aware of Great Lengths and I couldn’t wait to one day work with them.
What impact has being a Great Lengths Artist had on you and your business?
Being a Great Lengths artist has given me access to a premium, luxury service and the ability to offer that service to my guests. My clients appreciate that I’ve taken the time to learn; to receive the education that enables me to work with Great Lengths and to complete a proper and impressive application.
What do you love about Great Lengths?
I love how natural they look! And how they flare out towards the bottom, adding lots of thickness for the most natural result. It’s incredible! I’ve worked with other extension brands and none of them blended and applied so beautifully. I also love that there truly is a colour for everyone!
Congratulations on winning the Salon Resource Group Prosperity award recently! Tell us a bit about this and what it means to you.
Thank you so much! To me, this award was a recognition of all of the hard work and determination that I have put into my career thus far. When I received it, I thought to myself, “okay, so all this hard work actually is paying off.” It keeps me going and has actually pushed me to work even harder. I’m so appreciative and grateful to work for such an amazing company and to have the boss that I do!
What is your personal favourite hair trend right now? Why do you love it?
I’m a beach wave kind of guy. I’m loving loose curls in a high ponytail with some volume. It’s such an easy style that can be worn for so many different occasions and can even go from day to night. And I can’t go without mentioning balayage! The balayage trend is here to stay. It can be done in so many ways! My clients absolutely love how low maintenance it is and that it can brighten up their look without it being too harsh.
Do you have any colour or style predictions for the start of 2019?
Cutting your hair off seemed to be the big thing a year or so ago, but I think a lot of people are growing their hair out right now. I predict Great Lengths will see a major increase in 2019… everyone seems to want that super long Kardashian look!
Do you have a style icon? Or a hair hero?
My hair icons are Jessica Alba, Julianne Hough and Blake Lively. They all have such beautiful hair! My hair hero would have to be Princess Diana. I always loved her style and elegance. She never had long hair, but she started so many iconic hair trends and looks. I can only imagine what she’d be like today!
If you could pick a celebrity, a public figure, anyone whose hair would you love to work on?
Easy. Britney Spears! She’s my idol and it would be a dream to do her hair!
What or who do you look to for inspiration?
I think Steven Mathew is super cool and I love Kevin Christopher’s work too. I think us guys have to stick together! As far as inspiration, I look to pop culture and all of the iconic looks! Right now, we’re seeing the iconic long and straight look worn by Cher back in the 70’s and I love that elements and styles from the past are making a comeback!
What advice would you offer newly certified stylists to best take advantage of their GL skillset?
I would say: take your time during your applications, don’t rush. I’d also say don’t give up if you don’t get a lot of clients at first... It takes time, marketing and promotion.
Do you have any Great Lengths do's and don’ts?
A huge no-no that I have learned is to not take too big of a section. DO: keep your sectioning clean. A clean section makes for a perfect application and a beautiful set of Great Lengths!
What personality traits do you feel are most beneficial to your success?
I think being outgoing and not being afraid to put myself out there has really helped me get to where I am today. I’ve been a hair stylist for just 5 years and I believe that part of my success is due to staying busy. I’ve never allowed myself to not be busy.
What is your favourite part of being a stylist?
My favourite part of being a stylist is having the ability to change someone’s life; to make them feel beautiful and to help them see their beauty. I love knowing that my guests are walking out of the salon looking and feeling their best!
Do you have a favourite mantra, a quote or a saying you like to keep in mind?
I’ve always liked the saying, “You’re the CEO of your own chair.” To me, that means if you want to be successful, you have to work for it and can never let your chair be empty.
Congratulations on getting engaged this past year! Between this and your Prosperity award, 2018 was quite the year for you! What are your goals and aspirations moving into 2019?
Thank you so much! My fiancé, Jacob, knows all about Great Lengths and my passion for them. We started dating when I was in hair school and he’s always been so supportive of me and my career. I’m so lucky to have him in my life. My goals moving into 2019 are to buy my first home, and to keep working hard and doing what I love! I think one of the keys to happiness is finding something that you’re passionate about and going for it! I’m so grateful for all of my amazing clients who allow me to do what I love to do. I want to take this as an opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart... I’m very lucky to wake up and go to work each day doing something that I absolutely love, and I can’t wait to continue in 2019!