Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Kelley.
Megan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in South Africa and spent many of my formative years overseas. As a child in the 1980’s, I lived with my family in London where the punk culture was at its peak. Fascinated by the creative and often outrageous hairdos with vibrant colors my interest in the “art of hair” was developed and nurtured. Starting my career in 2002 at Vidal Sassoon Salon in Boston, I was fortunate to work and train with extremely talented and generous professionals, including Richie Rivera, the North American Color Director for Vidal Sassoon. In 2005, I transferred to Vidal Sassoon Atlanta until 2008 when I left to become the Head of the Color Department at Soren Salon in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA. In 2013, I opened my Salon Studio (Megan Kelley Salon Atlanta) in Sandy Springs, GA. and loved doing business there until my move to Florida in January 2017. In 2009, I was selected as one of five, and the youngest member, of the DAVINES North American National Artistic Team. From 2009 through 2014, I represented the prestigious Italian company throughout North America as an educator. I have worked international hair shows in places like Italy, Paris, Miami, New York and London and served as a judge for the World Style Contest at the Worldwide Hair Tour in Paris (2013) and in London (2014). I was honored to have often worked closely with Davines Creative Director, Angelo Seminara who for several years running had been named British Hairdresser of the Year, as well as with Davines Color Ambassador, Edoardo Paludo.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
After graduating Beauty School, I thought I was “ready to go”. Not so… I was so fortunate to have been hired by Sassoon in Boston where I found that I had SO much more to learn. I am forever grateful for my Sassoon education, where I was taught more than “hair”. I would encourage new hair dressers to seek a position with an established company that has a reputation for perfection, to train with them as an assistant or apprentice. It will be humbling and possibly stressful at times, but so very worth it. There is always something new to learn, so ongoing educational opportunities should be sought out and taken advantage of throughout one’s career. I would also advise others not to become disheartened by difficult situations or challenges that may arise. Challenges are character-building and how you approach and handle your challenges defines who you are as an individual. Your success or failure is your responsibility, so it’s wise to treat your challenges as educational opportunities. It’s important to know what you want in life, then go after it and forge through any difficulties which in the end make your career and life experience uniquely yours.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Megan Kelley Hair Color at Bei Capelli story. Tell us more about the business.
As a True Master Colorist, I seek perfection in the process of placing and applying the hair color that I formulate especially for each client — delivering the perfect custom blend of tones to balance and compliment their skin, age, and lifestyle. I was initially trained as a cutter at Vidal Sassoon, Boston (Sassoon Salons are departmentalized) prior to focusing my training with them as a color specialist. I have been working with hair for 17 years — 13 of those years as a colorist, both behind the chair and as an educator. I was fortunate to have been sought out for my experience and knowledge in this specialized field and enjoyed (and still cherish) the career opportunities with which I was presented. As a cutting refresher, in October 2017, I completed a Comprehensive Cutting Class with Sally Rogerson, former Sassoon Academy Creative Director. While I had enjoyed working exclusively as a colorist, this course made me realize how much I had missed cutting. I love creating and engineering the entire “look”. Now also offering cutting services, I’m thrilled to have relocated to Florida and love working at Bei Capelli Salon, a little gem in downtown Daytona Beach owned by Suzie Beardsley.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Absolutely! As I stated previously, living overseas, particularly the 4 years in London, piqued my curiosity and interest in what I saw as unusual – fashion, lifestyle and hair. But what nurtured that interest was that my parents took me with them everywhere that they could. Besides the wonderful things that I experienced, I learned not only to respect the older people that I came in contact with but also to enjoy them and learn from their experiences and life stories. I’m certain that those interactions paved the way for me to be able to have candid (and sometimes awkward) conversations with total strangers about their looks and then to be able to nurture strong relationships with these people over the years. Many of these clients are now dear friends and like family.
Megan Kelley, Anna Griffin
Megan is an awesome colorist. I was so sorry to see her leave Atlanta, where she had been coloring my hair for the past 10 years. Whatever color I wanted to go with, she did well. I was a brunette, a platinum blonde, and grey. I miss her so much.
Thank you so much, Kim! I miss you tons!!