Q & A With Colorist/Hair stylist Mikey Lewis

Name: Mikey Lewis

Occupation: Hair stylist/Colorist

Q: What made you decide to get into the cosmetology field?

I've always known that I wanted to do hair, it was just all about my timing. So I decided to attend a four year college first then attend hair school. I think I found myself in college which made me more comfortable to be a male in the hair industry.

Q: Your specialty is coloring but you’re equally as good at styling, which do you prefer to do if you had to pick one?

I don't like to categorize myself when it comes to coloring, cutting and etc.  I do enjoy coloring hair, but I love to style it after. I already have in my head how I want my client to look.

 Q : For those that don’t know, what is the difference between a stylist and a colorist?

A colorist is a person who ONLY enjoys coloring hair. That's pretty much all they do. A stylist enjoys the artistry of hair styling. So coloring, cutting, styling etc.

 Q: As a colorist what are some major mistakes you see with hair color?

Placement and Technique. I see a lot of tiger strips and hard lines. I hate that!

 Q: What are some great hair color trends for this summer?

 Snow lights- the real icy pieces.
 Pillowy Soft blondes- almost pastel.
 Balayage is still really hot for the summer.
 Right now I'm really into Nude Hair. Neutral hair colors it's so pretty when done right.

Q: You have experienced working inside of a salon and on sets with celebrities, is there a difference between the two, or are they essentially the same?

Yes, a big difference. The salon life is like a day to day thing, it's the same routine. As far as set life you never know what you are going to get. Sometimes you may only have 10 mins to achieve a look that would normally take you 45 mins. A lot of the times on set you don't even know what look you’re doing because things change so much.

 Q:  Working on sets for celebrities such as Aubrey O'Day, FYI network television shows, what has been the best moment out of working in music, television and film?

I would have to say meeting other Young professionals! Hairstylist, makeup artist, wardrobe stylist, PA's.  Everybody usually has great energy and its good networking and you build great business friendships.

Q: What is one thing you wish someone would have told you before getting into the industry?

I think I knew what I was getting myself into.  I already knew which direction I wanted to take this so I had a plan and stuck to that.

Q : For those with a desire to get in the cosmetology industry, what advice would you give them? 

 Don't get into the industry unless you REALLY have a passion for it. It's not as easy as it looks.

Q: What are some current projects that we can be expecting from you?

I'm really excited about this new girl group called “Dame" I just started working with them and they are great!! Soon I'll start back working with Etcetera Production Group and working with there artist $hang on her new project