BOMBSHELL STYLIST INTERVIEW
IG: @cameronkepford, @hausofheir
-How did you get started in the Hair industry?
At the age of 12, when I was babysitting my cousins. I would perform hair & makeup services on them and created my “first” salon, Lucky Monkey. I fell in love with making women feel beautiful and giving them confidence. My hair path has been incredible. I've worked in salons from the age of 16, managing, directing, consulting, & honing my skills as a makeup artist. I opened my salon, Haus of Heir, at 25 years old and went to cosmetology school at 28! I yearned to be behind the chair and couldn’t have done it without the support of my team. I didn’t choose this industry. This industry chose me!
-What are your 3 must-have hair products?
Oribe’s Featherbalm, Kerastase’ L’incroyable, & Shu Uemura’s Ample Angora
-If you could have dinner with one person living or deceased, who
would it be?
Justin Anderson (@justinanderson @justinandersoncolor ). I’m so enthralled with what he has done with his platform. His variety in techniques and how he truly uses social media as a tool is beyond inspiring. I’ve even seen him bring in guest artists to add some Bombshells to his guests ;)
-What’s your current favorite hair trend?
Lived in Color! I’m obsessed with the fluidity and transitions this technique provides. Installing Bombshells with this service is SEAMLESS! My guests are always so impressed that even when trying to find an imperfection, they can’t!
-If you could style one celebrity's hair, who would it be?
It’s Britney, Bitch! When I think of my ultimate Bombshell… this is who it is! I’m obsessed with lived-in, sexy, long, blonde hair!
-Describe a typical day-in-your life?
5:30am: work out with my trainer . 6:30am: get ready for my day . 7:30am coffee (cold brew black) 8:00am: salon prep (payroll, inventory, day-to-day) 8:50am: morning meeting with my team 9:00am - 7:00pm: HAIR 7:30pm: dinner with my babe 8:30pm: social media both personal & salon 9:15pm: read the latest Gary Vaynerchuk book 10:00pm: zzz
-What’s the one habit everyone can do to get better/healthier hair?
Heat & Environmental Protection! I’m constantly educating my guests on proper protection and product to use on their locks to better the integrity of their hair! My go-to’s are: Oribe’s Balm D’or & any Kerastase thermique! I’m also obsessed with treatments! I can literally feel the fabric of someone's hair change instantly when using them.
-Do you have an inspiring female role models or mentors?
Every woman that I encounter in my life is an inspiration to me. HE for SHE! I can’t express the importance of female empowerment and equality enough! Of course, I have to shout out the most amazing woman to me… Christine Kepford (my mom).
-Do you have any tips for artists starting out in the industry?
HUSTLE! There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not trying to evolve from who I was yesterday. It’s a very saturated industry & you have to be willing to work to gain the momentum that is desired. It takes time, but the journey is worth it.
-What do you do to feel more inspired?
Travel. I love having my home-base in Iowa. I feel so fortunate that I’m able to travel the world and bring back inspiration back to my community. Every chance I have to send or take someone from my team with me is a gift. I see inspiration everyday! You have to look beyond what is in front of you to truly ‘see’ what is there.
-What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff, & remember it’s all small” - Jeff Kepford (my father)
-What’s been your proudest moment in the industry?
Being awarded the scholarship for Beauty Changes Lives. This industry is so important to people in so many ways. For them to hear my story and see belief in what I believe in means the absolute world to me. I’m here to create change.
-What would be your career path in another life?
Filming Music Videos & Designing Concert Tours. Music is a massive part of my being and when seeing a show, I’m not only there to see the artist. I love the theatrics, lighting, dancers, stage transitions, & energy!
-What is your favorite Bombshell Extension Co product?
BEADED WEFT EXTENSIONS! I’ve been exposed to many extension systems, and Bombshell has elevated the bar! My guests see an extreme difference in quality and longevity. I have to thank Gela @hairby_gela so much for all of the information she’s given me through my certification. I’m truly grateful for the level of commitment from her & Bombshell!
Fave binge watch: Ru Paul’s Drag Race
Fave food: Before I was Vegan, cheesefries Now, anything Thai
Cold Brew Black
Next bucket list destination:
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