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!
Kat Collett, @katkolors, 28 years old
Salon: With Love Salon, Kansas City, Missouri
Preferred color line: Pulp Riot
If you could stop time, you would truly see the beauty of the quick and continuous movement around us. I’ve always said, “I wish I could see the world through the eyes of a child”... So what’s stopping me? When did I quit being captivated by even the “simplest” of things? Time to take a step back in time... I’m going to capture the beauty of life through the lens of a camera. Starting an instagram account awoke another passion I had never discovered before. The magic of a camera and a lens FREEZING time in a still shot. I still have so much to learn, but I feel so alive when I can create with a camera. Thank you @pureinart for always coaching and guiding me. ⠀ ⠀ Created with all @pulpriothair @olaplex on @mariamorrismakeupkc
I became a colorist because: Color is painting, and painting has always been my creative outlet. Chemistry was also a favorite class in high school.
My favorite techniques right now: I have two, and they’re totally different: extremely soft pastels, which give subtle kisses of unnatural color, and blending fashion hues with natural tones for a lived-in look, because it’s a refreshing change from bleaching every head.
My inspiration comes from: Daily life and nature—the skyline of a city, how the sun makes prisms on a window, or the many contrasting colors found on the small wings of a butterfly.