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EP. 12 Kellon Deryk

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EP. 12 Kellon Deryk by The Cut Life Podcast

Hey, what's up, stunners, I'm to hear a joy, founder of the cut life and host of the cut life podcast. On this episode I am talking to Kalan Derek and, for those of you who don't know, I'm actually based in Atlanta and Kalan Salon, Kalan Derik Salon, is also in Atlanta in midtown, and I actually stopped him. I stopped his salon to figure out who he was, because I'm like, what is this fabulous line with the Black Curtains closed? Something must be going on in there. And then I find out via instagram that he has over a three hundred thousand followers and he is a we've master. He creates looks for celebrities like Monica Cardi B Dej Loaf, so many reality stars and influencers, and he has all these different looks that he does on them, from Bright Yellow Red's ice blues and then, of course, your everyday hair. He's so booked and busy that you can't even get an appointment with him. So when I talk to Kalan Derek today, you know I have to get into his business about the lace front unit controversy and the edges falling out and how women can protect their hair under these styles because, you know, as black women especially, we love versatility, we love changing our look and wigs and weeds are convenient way to do it. However, we don't want to do it at the risk of damaging our hair. So we're definitely going to get into that. He also has a partnership with Laura Paris, so we're going to get this ta on what that's all about. I think we have an exclusive because he hasn't even shared this on social media yet. So we will definitely figure out what that's all about and maybe even ask him some personal questions, because he always has a shirt off on the Graham so I want to see what that's all about. So here's my conversation with Kalan Derek in joy. Kalan, thank you for joining us and I am excited to get right into it. So let's start with Oh, well, first of all, you have this...

...massive following online, like your ig has over three hundred thou followers, so that's basically celebrity status out here. Let's have that big of a following. So let's go back to the beginning, though, and talk about how you actually broke into the industry. Okay, so I started doing here actually when I was in ten grade, I was working for another celebrity hair style is shampooing and rating and just learning different techniques and just took it from there. Actually, that's awesome. Yeah, Dude, who is this? Who is the stylist? I'm his name is Charles Gregory. He actually has a swan out here in Atlanta still. When I was working with him and was back in it was in Riverdale actually, but yeah, I started off working there and I just never really wouldn't imagine me having my own Salaana, having my own brand of being the person that I've become. That is amazing. And you're, like I said, your salon is fabulous and you are the go too. You have so many clients, not only everyday clients but in the celebrity world as well. I've see Monica and Cardi be and all kinds of fabulous people on your page. So did you gain celebrity clientele just from word of mouth or from working with the celebrity stylist? Did that give you some tips and tricks on how to attract that type of clientele? How did that start? Free? Well, of course, social media has been a major token when it comes to promoting for myself and what I do. But my first celebrity client that was that was back in my two thousand and ten and I always tell styles that is really good to network with other different styles and celebrity hair styles because you never know what kind of opportunity they may have for you. I personally thought my first celebrity client from another celebrity hair styles that was double booked and he was like hey, you know, I'm at the time. He's working with Nicki Minaj and he was like, Yo, double...

...books, is there any way that you can go do this for me? And he sent me out to do train at the rappers here and that went great and from there on out I just, you know, just kept the ball rolling. I love that and you never know, like where your blessings might come from. So that's really cool how that happened. And a lot of times within the industry, especially when you're dealing with celebrities that have really aggressive schedules and sometimes stylist can't always make it. Your Glam squad may have other, you know, things that their booked for or family obligations, and it only takes that one cancelation for you to get in there with the client and prove yourself and then after that the phone just keeps ringing for people to want to work with you. Exactly all you do just that one opportunity to open the doors for you and if you have what it takes, it'll just take you there. And so with your page, I'm looking at your work and you do a lot of protective styles and custom coloring. How hard is it to get booked with Kalin Derek now, because, honestly, I'm like, you're following is crazy. I see your name tagged on all of these people all day, every day, and I was like, I don't know if I've ever walked past the salon and they had black draped curtains where you can't even see inside. So I said that gave me an indication that you are booked and busy. Yeah, muscle line is definitely not a walk insalon. Its appointment only me personally to get in a point with me. I wouldn't say it's super hard. It's not as hard as people may think it is. It really just depends on my availability and what I have. You know when I'm where I'm going to because I've typically traveling so much with different celebrity clients that I have only small windows when I am here in Atlanta, and I have a steady clientele here as well. So I try to get those girls in when I do have my availability. So it just really, really, honestly, it's sad to say, but it's the luck of the...

...draw. You can get me. Well, Hey, that's not a bad problem to have. Yeah, but I trained all my styles to do everything that I can do. So it doesn't matter whose chair you sit in at the Killin Derrik Salon, it literally will have my touch of work on there. Now I see that you do a lot of wig units and different protective styles. Is that the majority of what you do on your celebrity clients or what your style is doing the salon, or does it vary for you? Well, it's a full service Alan. Everybody in my Salana's been to hair school. I personally went to Evada. I have a couple of the styles that went to Paul Mitchell. So what I love about what we have going on is that we know how to do natural hair. We able to create wigs and units to actually look just like natural hair, color and style and cut, so that between the education that we all have and the techniques that I've talked to them. It's pretty much what we're known for. But of course you can come here and get anything done and with your website, flawless illusion haircom, even if you're you, if you aren't able to get a walk in, are you able to purchase hair from the site? Absolutely, any look that you see that you want, you literally can just send an email of the photo of which you like and we can create it. Because I'm looking at these days loaf yellow French raids on the beach and I'll be in Miami next week and I'm like it's looking like a moment. Definitely a moment's definitely I love it. I love that you are expressive and bold with the color and I think you definitely have a signature that stands out. And I like the fact that there's versatility with the hair, because even with the picture of Monica, she has the long wavy hair, but then has the two top knots and it looks like the hair is growing out of her head. And Yeah, and believe it or not, Monica as she she has icy blond white are front of those rags. Wow, yeah, so she...

...just loves being able to change up and be whoever she wants to be. I mean wigs nowadays, they're more so of necessary. It is just something that goes with different look and you're able to change them out and, you know, express yourself clearly without chering ruining the integrity of your hair, and they absolutely are an accessory. But one controversial topic that we do talk to a lot of the stylist about is the maintenance when it comes to protective styling, because a lot of times people want the easy way out or the cheap route or they're not taking care of their hair and they're not consulting with their Stylis, and then you have all of these horror stories of women in there's losing their edges, among other things. So what some advice and tips that you would give to women that see these looks that are being created and they want to rock these styles but they don't want to lose their hair in the process? Well, I would definitely say is a smart thing to consult with your hair styles just to make sure that the different type of install is for you. There's so many different type of insult to get these what I call flower solution extensions or wigs. You can do it glueless, you can do it with the adhesive and a lot of times I'll tell girls that you know to have more than one unit at a time. So if in fact you do get an appointment and get, you know, the flowers illusion effects where it's coming out your scalp and you, you know, can put your hair up and pull your hair down. Once that does start wearing off and you know it's time to take it off, which will typically lash you about three to four weeks, you can always wear your glueleish unit and just pop that on and get the same effect, but just move a little bit of the versatility. So let's highlight that for the people listening. Three to four weeks, not three to four months. Ladies like let's make sure there take care of this hair, not only the hair that we wear, but the hair...

...underneath is important as well. Absolutely and besides you having this amazing salon, this amazing product line with the hair extensions, as well as working with the celebrity clientele, you are also in the business of working with big brands and I hear that you are working with Loril. So I need to hear all the tea about this Loriol partnership that you have going on. Well, I'll just first of all, I would just like to said absolutely love Lorio parents products. I've been using their products for years, so it was quite an honor to actually even have an opportunity to work with them, especially with the root cover up that I'm actually using, because it's one of those products that it's in all of my hair bags. It literally gets me out of trouble when I'm coloring wigs or if I miss a little spot, I can to spray some of that on there and darken the roots. Or if I have a client that literally we have a photo shoot and she has like gray hair and we don't have time to go to the shampoo bowl and color her hair up with her root cover up, so I'll use that product and actually just cover her roots and you know, it's just like it's an amazing product. That's awesome. How long does it last once you spray it on? Well, is it temporary hair color? Okay, specifically designed for covering gray hairs. But what I've done with it is I've packed the product, of course, and you know how people are always trying to find other things that we can do with it, and I literally will use it to fill in my beard. Oh Wow, yeah, it's the perfect amount of darkness, is not too chalky looking, so I'll use that on myself. Well, we may need you to do it to do a video for the cut life men, because we have a whole other page that's geared towards barbers and men's grooming. So that would be awesome to see a video of you using it for that purpose, because I know sometimes men don't like to talk about it, but they are into products just as much as we are and they need maintenance...

...products as well. So that would be awesome to see and I love the versatility of the product. That's awesome. Oh yeah, I mean it's the world of thing that you can do with the product. So again, I'm like super excited about being able to talk about it because it's something that I've always had in my bag and people always wondering, like, what do you do with that? What is that? I don't have great here. What Huh? Watch this. So so Lori Yell. We can be clear that. If there anyone that's goes to your instagram page and sees you fresh from the gym or frolicking on the beach. They can know that Loria peirs hired you for your expertise and not just for your attractiveness and appeal. Right. I'm just saying you put it out there. Coal on. I'm just looking at what you posted. I see I see it out here. So I had to make a comment because, you know, I'm seeing hair, I'm seeing products, I'm seeing trial level and then it's like Bam, I just hit the gym. Just you didn't know. I've thought to create my pace to kind of just not just necessarily be about here, but just about my lifestyle and what goes on with me. I love hair, I love different styles. I work out, you know, five days a week. I love to travel. So it's just the melting part of my life and it's cool that everybody is just like in tune and figuring out what I got going on now. It's awesome. And do you find that your health and Fitness Regiment helps with you doing your job and sustaining yourself throughout all that travel and work that you have to do? Oh, absolutely. You got a stretch where when you're traveling all the time and you have to make sure that you are eating right, like it's it's a whole regiment that I have going on and I was actually planning I starting to Youtube Channel on just little things like that, just tips and tricks or hairstyles that are just trying to keep a healthier lifestyle. You absolutely should. I think it's awesome because, you know, with hair stylists there's one aspect of the game, which is education and learning new techniques and things like that, but then there's also another side of it. You know, business tips, branding tips, you know, health...

...and wellness, because if you are a stylist, especially if you're in the salon all the time or you on your feet, you're using your hands and that can become wear and tear on your body. So you have to know how to rest in how to take care of your body so that you're able to perform, you know, at your best level. Also. I think that would be awesome. You should start that Youtube page tomorrow. Okay, let us know. Will repost some things on the cutlers so they can know to follow that page their nice. Yes, absolutely. And what advice would you give to Salon stylists specifically who are interested in expanding their business by collaborating with brands or celebrity clients. Well, I would definitely tell them that they would have to make sure that, whatever company or brand they're trying to promote, that they understand the brand and they are in the grants to what they stand for, as well as just some product knowledge. You just don't want to just take any opportunity that you have. I personally been approached by like six different companies, different brands, to, you know, to work with them, but I didn't really use their products, so it was kind of hard for me to even take those opportunities. But, like I said, with Lori Yell it kind of worked out great because I love their products. That's awesome. Also, I would always tell the different styles to make sure that whatever they put out there in the world is with it what people will perceive. So, if you're trying to work with different celebrity or you're trying to work with, you know, different brands like Lori of Paris or, you know other opportunities that you may have, just make sure that whatever you put out there is representation of yourself and of that company. You can't just be, you know, trying to live life crazy and then saying oh, Hey, by the way, showing up to beauty events without having your own hair done or your own makeup done. They're having, you know, the right proper attire on, and that always kills me because I'm like, listen, this is Glam this is the beauty industry, and it's not that you...

...have to be over the top or overboard, but definitely polished and professional. I think those are definitely attract what you put out there. So, for instance, my clientele base pretty much. They all are they all pretty much have the same thing going on, and me, I'm a businessman as well, so it kind of just just all coincide together. You know, you can attract with you, with you put out there. Absolutely you've given amazing advice today and I'm so glad that we had the chance to talk to each other and congrats again on the Laurel Paris partnership. We're excited to see, you know how all of that unfolds and definitely anytime you want to come back and tell us new things that you have going on, we would love to have you and anyone that's listening, you can follow Kal on derk online at Klnder Y C K, and then also follow kal on derk salon spelled. The same with your salon at the end and flawless illusion haircom because, guess what, you probably can't get an appointment, but you can look on the ground and see us all that you like and you can order it, you know, and then find your local stylists to go ahead and help you put the hair on. How about that? Or they can just come to a cal on Dirk Falan and just fit with one of my styles. Absolutely, you're sick with the one of your style as and your cou if you're in Atlanta, they're conveniently located in midtown on north side drive and, like I said earlier, my creative director my table and I stalk the salon. So next time we will walk in the Salon and actually be able to say hey to everybody. Yeah, for sure, I think with like wake night, it was it was it was after hours and you were still in there grinding. It had to be. It was dark, I know that much. It had to be around them one o'clock, so start out. That goes to show you know the grinds behind the Glam. I love it. Well, thank you for joining us. Thanks for having me. Okay, take care all right. See You for by. So make sure you are listening...

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