"I have become so much stronger than I ever thought possible and I owe it to Keratin Complex."

-- Summer Taylor

The Colorist has identified its top up-and-coming young stylists in the country for 2015—and once again, a Keratin Complex® Elite Inspiration Team member has made the list! Summer Taylor, a Keratin Complex educator and stylist at Parkway Spa in Oklahoma City, is featured in the “30 Under 30” cover story for the November/December 2015 issue.

The Oklahoma native, 29, says that she was “naturally very shy as a kid.” So her mother, seeing signs of budding musical talent, put her into theater and voice programs to help “get me out of my shell.”

That worked as planned. Summer not only shone onstage, but also discovered a talent for backstage styling. “I was very good at doing my hair and make-up, as well as other cast members. This led to me always styling my friends’ hair for dances and various events.”

From there, a career in beauty seemed obvious. She attended Anthony David Hair Academy before joining the Keratin Complex team in 2009, where she finally was able to conquer her stage fright for good. “Keratin Complex was the ultimate test for me,” she says. “I loved the products and truly wanted to be an educator; however this was different because I couldn’t be a character in a costume, or sing lines I had carefully memorized for months! This required being real, being myself.”

Nowadays, Summer says, “I continue to pursue music as a singer/songwriter, along with my passion for doing beautiful hair color for every client!”

30 Under 30 Q&A

Q: What was your reaction to hearing that you made the list?

A: “I was ecstatic! I work with so many talented people that being featured was an incredible honor!”

Q: What do you love about Keratin Complex, and why?

A: “I love that our color line and supporting products all utilize the same high-quality keratin protein that is used in our original smoothing treatment to ensure healthy, shiny and strong hair.”

Q: How has Keratin Complex contributed to your success?

A: “Being an educator for Keratin Complex has been such a growing experience. … I have become so much stronger than I ever thought possible and I owe it to Keratin Complex for my years of educating in my region, for selecting me for the Elite Inspiration Team, for believing in my abilities and supporting me along the way!”

Q. What are your ambitions for the future?

A: “My ambition for the future is to continue to inspire others artistically through education!”