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Friends of Lux : Interview with Stylist Joanne McIntyre

Joanne McIntyre is a local hair stylist at The Beauty Market in Broad Ripple. She's making a name for herself in the hair world and rockin the Indy scene with unique color blends and ultra modern cuts. 

Attending Regency Beauty Institute in Houston, McIntyre transferred to Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, to have a better understanding of the foundation of hairdressing. It was at Sassoon Academy that she fell in love with precision haircutting and intricate hair color work. In 2016, McIntyre continued her advanced education by going to DevaCurl Academy in Los Angeles, CA so she could learn how to style and cut curly hair from wavy to super curly.

A while back, I was lucky enough to sit in this bad babe's chair and try out a spacey new color! See below for photos + an exclusive interview with Joanne McIntyre.

Hair & Photos: Joanne McIntyre // Model: Sara Baldwin // Silver Blouse from Lux & Ivy

LUX & IVY: What was your main inspiration for this look?
Joanne McIntyre: I have always been fascinated with minerals and rocks. I love that you have something like Titanium Quartz that is created in nature and looks so metallic. I have wanted to create a hair color technique that would resemble that metallic sheen.

Hair & Photos: Joanne McIntyre // Model: Sara Baldwin // Silver Blouse from Lux & Ivy

L&I: How did you create this color?
JM: To create any fashion shade, you have to have a clean foundation. So to start, I lifted the hair to a very pale blonde. It is important for my guest to have an easy fade out so we toned the pale blonde to a nice violet blonde. Using a variation of cool tones, I applied the color all over using a color melting technique with Joico Intensity Metallic Hair Color in Moonstone, Pewter, Mauve, Violet, and Clear.

For styling hair, my go to product lines are IGK Hair and Verb Products. Almost all of their products contain coconut oil which is incredibly nourishing for your hair especially after such a strong color process. Aftercare and products are essential for anyone getting their hair colored. We used Call Time to prime the hair for a blow dry. Taking small two inch square sections I used their Intern flexible hairspray and curled using a HotTools 1 inch marcel iron, and pinned the curls in place until they cooled. Setting the hair like this adds some longevity to the style.

To create the updo look, I twisted three different sections and pinned using about ten bobby pins. Get creative! Updo’s don’t have to be intimidating, go on youtube, watch videos, and you will find that a lot of these updos don’t take much time at all.

Hair & Photos: Joanne McIntyre // Model: Sara Baldwin // Silver Blouse from Lux & Ivy 

Hair & Photos: Joanne McIntyre // Model: Sara Baldwin // Dress from Lux & Ivy, Necklace by Velvet Ruins

L&I: How long have you been a stylist and what makes you passionate about your work?

JM: A good friend of mine and now fellow hairdresser was my inspiration for attending cosmetology school. Back in 2013, I quit my full time job with benefits and started on the road to becoming a hairdresser. It has been a long journey, and coming into this industry at an older age than normal is strange. There has been a lot of advanced education and late nights spent working on mannequins trying to understand a new technique and grow as a stylist.

Joanne McIntyre at The Beauty Market

L&I: What inspires you?

JM: I have always been inspired by the editorials from fashion magazines like Vogue. I had a serious issue with hoarding magazines until I had a huge clear out a few years ago before moving back to Indiana. Outside of the typical inspiration, like any artist, I capture inspiration from nature, architecture, and art. I was a photographer before breaking into this industry, so I am always taking photos on my iPhone and uploading them to Pinterest to organize my thoughts.

Most importantly, the people that sit in my chair inspire me. For all of the fun and creative projects I do, my everyday guests have more traditional hair color, but their hair is just as important. I want to help new guests with finding their greatest potential through their hair. Hairdressing is more than just seeing someone once every 4-8 weeks, it is about building trust and a relationship with your guest.

Follow Joanne on Instagram for more amazing looks & hair inspo: @jmcintyrehair

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Thanks for reading!

xo, Sara


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