Interview with Team Kontempo's Hairstylist Amy Todd

sexy, bold look but still something you can wear everyday

"I would love to work on people’s hair that I personally admire. I think working on hair that I want to wear myself would be one of the greatest things to ever do." Enjoy our interview with Team Kontempo's Amy Todd.

Beauty Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Amy Todd, Director of Operations and Designer Stylist at Kontempo. in Omaha, NE. I will be the assistant for the Kontempo. Team during BOTS. I have been licensed for over 5 years but have surrounded myself with this wonderful industry for more then 7 years. I am originally from NE but have moved around the country a little bit before I decided to move back and help Kirby open a salon. I love my family including my boyfriend and my dog! I am a huge sports fan especially football and the Denver Broncos. In my little spare time I spend them with my friends and family, shopping, eating, and drinking.

Beauty Did you always want to be a hairstylist?

NO! I wanted to be a veterinarian my whole life. When I was in high school  I started working at a salon and fell in love. I had great mentors while I was there and they inspired me to go to hair school. I now run my salon, Kontempo. as well as do hair 3 days a week.

Whimsical and romantic

For this photo we wanted to go for  a very whimsical and romantic look since the theme was se in Paris. I used UNITE Session Whip and Tricky Lite to prep the hair and make it pliable and shiny. I then wrap curled the model's hair with our Enzo Milano and set it. I let it cool before brushing it out into a very classic wave.

Beauty What prompted you to get into hair?

I would have never even thought of myself as a hairstylist unless I had the mentors I did. Kirby the current owner of our salon, my best friend, and one of the other team members on Team Kontempo., had the most impact on me. He has such a passion for hair and showed me how amazing the industry is. His love for it really pushed me into going to hair school and later pushed me to move back to Nebraska to help him open his salon.

Beauty What's the biggest challenge you faced on your road to becoming a Hairstylist?

My biggest challenge becoming a hairstylist wasn’t until after I was actually licensed for one year. After working with my mentor and best friend for the first year of my career I decided to make some personal decisions and move out of the state for two + years. While I was away it was very hard for me to be passionate about hair when I was not working beside someone that pushed me to the limit and inspired me. I was just trying to make money and bring home a paycheck instead of loving what I did. I then decided to move back to Omaha to open Kontempo. and now it is really where my heart is.

Beauty Where do you find your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from mainly the people I surround myself with. Not only do my co-workers and boss push me to broaden my horizon but my clients, friends, and family do as well. They always want something new and different so I need to show them what I can do. I usually use people on TV, people walking down the street or anything I happen to find on social media that day to help inspire what look  I can give me client.

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On this model I wanted a a very sexy, bold look but still something you can wear everyday. The model has nature curly hair so I used our UNITE Lazer Straight and Blow and Set Lotion to blow it out before I curled it with a Hot Tool 1 and 1/4 iron. I used UNITE Expanda Dust to add volume and finished it off with their Max Control hairspray.

Beauty If I asked your educator one negative and one strength about you what would they be?

One negative thing about me is I can get rushed and then overly stressed. I sometimes take on to much and then become overwhelmed. Whether it’s with hair or just running the business it can turn into a real downfall. But this also can be a strength for me.  I usually am majorly multi-tasking and can always do more then one thing. I try to stay on top of everything at the salon while doing clients which can make it a great strength as well as a weakness.

Beauty What is the toughest and best part of styling hair?

Your clients! To have such amazing clients can make styling hair one of the best industries to be in. But clients can also be the toughest part of styling hair. They can be great, adventurous and awesome to connect with, or they can be picky and boring and hard to communicate with.

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For this summer shoot we wanted something very boho and organic for the female model. We used her nature texture while adding in some wand curls to define them a little more. To finish her off we used UNITE Beach Day to give them tousled, messy vibe. For the boys we used some UNITE Boosta spray to add lift then finishing it off with some UNITE Go 4-7 Texture Paste.

Beauty Whose hair would you love to work on?

I would love to work on people’s hair that I personally admire. I think working on hair that I want to wear myself would be one of the greatest things to ever do. I am loving Jennifer Lopez’s hair and Khole Kardashian’s hair. I would love to work on these two  celebrities and think they would be really cool to be around.

Beauty Can you tell us a memorable moment you had while doing hair?

Working with my best friend and mentor every day makes for some of the most memorable moments while doing hair. I could never pin point one exact moment because every day there is something else that  becomes memorable.

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For this bridal shoot we needed something playful but yet something modern and easily relatable to all brides. I used a lot of prepping products for this model since she had virgin, fine hair. We used Session Whip and Boosta Spray to start it off. Finishing it with a light spritz of Shina Mist and Max Control Hairspray.

Beauty What’s the one haircare tool you simply can’t live without?

I love love love my ENZO Milano wand. I use it on majority of my clients and love styling hair so it would be really hard for me to ever give that up!

Beauty What's your preparation for Battle of the Strands?

I think just staying calm and organized will be the best preparation for BOTS. I don’t think you can prepare too much for something like this. Just stay on your toes, get lots of rest, and work as a team.


For this model we were shooting our new Happy Hour look book and wanted to create an easy night out updo without it looking too put together or too formal. I used some Expanda Dust for volume after we curled the whole head. Then by pinning it randomly into a textured updo it creates a sort of undone/ I did it myself look that is very popular right now.

Beauty What can the hair industry expect from Amy Todd from Team. Kontempo. in the next 5 years?

I love this industry so much and I hope to help my salon progress much further and grow bigger. I love doing hair but I also feel that my passion lays in running the salon and helping everyone else grow their clientele and inspire them to do modern, progressive hair.

Beauty What can your competition expect in Las Vegas?

They should expect great teamwork and creativity from our team. We all work amazing together and I can’t wait to put all of our heads together and show everyone else that a team from Nebraska can give them a run for their money!!


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