30 Under 30 Hair Colorist: Montana Schmidt

For the past seven years, we have celebrated the industry's brightest young talent—and 2019 is no different. More than 4,000 young colorists submitted to become a 30 Under 30 colorist, and we're thrilled to celebrate the winners with you! 

Montana SchmidtMontana Schmidt@paintslikeschmidt, 26 years old

Salon: Kevin & Co, Danville, Illinois  

Preferred color lines: TIGI, Oligo Professionnel 

I became a colorist because: I was unhappy when I first started as a stylist. Perms didn’t come naturally; cuts made the day go by slowly. Then I found color, and it became my instant passion. 

My goals: To do hair for musicians and go on tour. An idol of mine had that job for a while, and his stories lived up to the dream. 

Best part of my job: The nerd in me loves the chemistry and mathematics behind coloring. I love figuring out formulas. Rarely do I use a single tube of color. I’d say 90 percent of my clients have dimensional tones, formulated to find the perfect shade for each complexion. 


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