Iles Method Hair Speak with Kirsten Patterson from the Songbird Societ

This week, Iles Method Hair Speak welcomes Kirsten Patterson from the Songbird Society Salon in Dallas, Texas, and in addition the Benjamin Salon in NYC. Learn on to study extra about Kirsten’s ardour for hair!


Kirsten was born in South Africa and moved to Texas as a teen. At all times drawn to the creative facet of issues, when she turned 18, her mom steered she grow to be a hairdresser. Now, with 16 years of expertise beneath her belt, Kirsten nonetheless loves reducing and styling hair.

Eager to increase her horizons, Kirsten has frolicked working within the vogue scene on numerous vogue and editorial units and has additionally labored with a number of bands and musicians. She has frolicked working as an educator within the business; sharing her ardour for the commerce together with her technical experience.

Her vocation is matched solely by her dedication to the connection she forges with the individuals she serves.

To see Kirsten’s work, inspiration {and professional} hair care recommendation, go to her web site and take a look at her Instagram @kirstenpattersonhair.

Additionally try Benjamin Salon in NYC at @salonbenjamin and the Songbird society at @thesongbirdsociety

IF: What do you concentrate on?

Reducing and Hairstyling.

IF: What do you like most about being a hairdresser?

Connecting to individuals in a novel manner and being part of serving to them specific themselves via their hair.

IF: What has been the most effective recommendation given to you?

That in enterprise, consistency is the important thing to constructing a powerful clientele.

IF: Inform us one aim or dream you might be engaged on at this time?

I’ve had this dream of increasing the expertise that my shoppers get in a particular and completely different manner so I attempt to preserve that dialogue going and preserve including onto my imaginative and prescient board!

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IF: What’s probably the most fulfilling a part of your job?

I genuinely love reducing and styling hair by additionally my relationships with shoppers and coworkers. It’s an enormous blessing to have the ability to be in a artistic surroundings the place I can gown how I wish to and be myself.

IF: Why did you select the trail of hairdressing? Was it straightforward to fall into this line of labor?

It was really my mother’s concept. On the time, I didn’t actually just like the considered working in a salon (I had by no means been to an upscale salon) however, I beloved the thought of doing artistic work. I’ve at all times had robust work ethics and that has actually helped me however, the beginnings have been robust. It took me a very long time to really feel snug speaking to so many individuals.

After I first began, most of my shoppers have been a lot older than me and that took some adjusting to as I will be shy and introverted particularly again then. I did fall in love with my job nevertheless it took a couple of years.


Iles Formula Hair Talk with Kirsten Patterson from the Songbird Society and Benjamin Salon by Iles Formula

IF: When you had not made the choice to be a hairdresser what would you will have been?

One thing art-based or perhaps within the discipline of psychology.

IF: What’s your best energy?



Iles Formula Hair Talk with Kirsten Patterson from the Songbird Society and Benjamin Salon by Iles Formula

IF: What are your favourite hairdressing instruments?


  • Hikari Scissors
  • Carbon comb
  • Duckbill clips
  • Jumbo Huge tooth rat tail comb
  • Steady mist spray bottle



Iles Formula Hair Talk with Kirsten Patterson from the Songbird Society and Benjamin Salon by Iles Formula

IF: What was the very first thing you observed about Iles Method?

It’s the most effective smelling hair product ever!

IF: Inform us about your relationship with Iles Method. How did you uncover us and which formulation is your favourite?

My good friend Clint (with Misplaced Hairdressers) made the introductions between the Songbird Society salon and Iles Method. Then, somebody out of your group (such a pleasant man I forgot his title) introduced the product for us to strive. I’m completely obsessive about the excessive performing Iles serum, I apply it to nearly each shopper.

It really works on all hair sorts and simply makes the hair strands really feel hydrated and hair follicle sealed however by no means weighs the hair down. It’s excellent.

IF: What was your worst hair second and why? Did it occur in non-public or within the salon?

Properly, I did lower this girls ear as soon as! I believe I used to be about 22. She was fairly previous, and her ear lobes have been so saggy, and you already know ears simply bleed profusely! Evidently, she didn’t come again and I nonetheless have slightly PTSD from that however I suppose that retains me on my toes.

IF: When you may model anybody’s hair, who wouldn’t it be and why?

Howard Stern. He’s the most effective interviewer on the planet: misunderstood, hilarious and all concerning the underdog.

His profession and evolution have been attention-grabbing to me and he’s received some good curly hair! I really like to chop curly hair and I really like a superb neurotic shopper. Dolly Parton can be enjoyable too.

Iles Formula Hair Talk with Kirsten Patterson from the Songbird Society and Benjamin Salon by Iles Formula

 IF: The place do you pull hair inspiration from?

Gosh, all over the place. I really like music a lot and I really like to observe previous performances and music movies. For instance, the BBC’s Human planet is all concerning the final indigenous cultures. They occur to have superb hair.

I’m additionally extremely impressed and in awe of Nihongami, the standard Japanese hairstyling. Nature can be a part of it. It actually helps knock out all of the distractions and to assist recognize the easy issues.

And at last, my children, who will be actually inspiring. They are saying and do some fairly profound issues.

IF: What do you assume is the largest problem in hairdressing at this time?

That everybody is so on the go. In an ideal world, I might like to spend 2 hours on a haircut however that’s not reasonable is it?! One other huge downside is new individuals coming into the business that aren’t keen on present process lengthy apprenticeships or to specialize. It was much more intensive after I first began.

My hope is that new hairdressers can sustain the craft and a focus to element. I already really feel like my technology misplaced a lot of it.

IF: What suggestions are you able to give to succeed in a piece/life stability?

I’m constantly engaged on dwelling consciously. For me, it’s been so vital to be wholesome, do my yoga, run, and be outdoors simply as a lot as it’s to go have dinner with buddies. Up to now, I’ve positively put all my eggs in a single basket and thrown myself into work loads. Though I don’t assume it’s a nasty factor for sure phases of life, ultimately, it’s actually all about stability and never burning the candle from each ends.

IF: Your recommendation to younger hairdressers beginning out?

Do some kitchen hair! Discover individuals who wish to jack up their hair and simply go for it. Have enjoyable and actually follow the fundamentals akin to a pleasant clear one size and a bob and a superb pin curl.

And bear in mind, hair actually is one among our greatest equipment.

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