About the Artist…
Audrey Kitching is internet famous as a fashion designer, blogger (her Buzznet blog receives 3 million page views monthly!) and model. Kitching has been declared simultaneously a “fashion forward female” and “fashion disaster” by Cosmopolitan, an “It Kid” and “princess of pop culture” by Nylon, and “social media queen” by Greek magazine Soul. She has created two clothing lines: Audrey Kitching Los Angeles (formerly Tokyolux) and Coco de Coeur. In 2009, she appeared on Germany’s Next Topmodel. Kitching was also an Aveda trained hair stylist before she became an internet celebrity, and is best known for her candy pink hair colour.
Today she talks to us about her hair evolution, inspirations and reveals the secrets behind her famous pink hair…
Here is our Q and A with Audrey Kitching:
What is beauty to you and how do you define beauty?
Beauty to me is unique. I don’t think the perfect body and face done with manipulations is ever something I call beautiful. I enjoy people’s flaws and personalities. I think being different, embracing yourself and having a strong genuine personality and style is beautiful. Trying to look like a perfect Sports Illustrated model is beautiful is not beauty. I like authentic true expression.
Audrey Kitching in 75 And Sunny editorial | Photography: Nat Sin | Styling: Lalaina Duncan
How did you get discovered as a model?
It’s kinda a strange story. I don’t know if I was ever discovered really. I just started doing it for fun with my friends who were in school for photography and needed models. It was kind of a creative outlet for me. I really enjoyed coming up with the themes and art direction. Finding a location [was always fun]. All that good stuff. It snowballed a bit over the years and companies would ask me to model for them. As I grew up and my style changed, so did the jobs. I started out doing alternative t-shirt companies sold at the mall to doing Italian Vogue and store front’s in Manhattan!
Tell us about the evolution of your hair; we’re fascinated!
Thank you! I have been experimenting with hair colours since middle school when I first found out about Sun In. It was this peroxide bleach in a bottle you sprayed on your hair at the beach. It was suppose to give you “natural highlights,” but it really just turned it into orange straw. After high school, I went to an Aveda institute and that’s when all the crazy colours began. I have had them all and fried my hair into a mess! I think that’s part of growing up, for me it was at least.
What about the pink hair?
Since I was super young, I always wanted pink hair. I remember sitting in my bedroom dreaming of it, and now here I am. I have had pink for almost 7 years now, different shades with added colours, but always a pink base. It feels so natural now!
How do you colour and maintain it?
It is high maintenance, make no mistake. To get that bubblegum candy floss pink, first you have to go whitest Gwen Stefani blond. I use a blue violet toner to pull out any gold.
Once the blond is right, I add the pink. I make my own shade by mixing Manic Panic’s Cotton Candy Pink, Special Effects’ Cupcake Pink and Chi Chromashine Pure Pink. I purposely don’t mix them together too well, so you end up with a streaky effect, with three different dimensions of pink, almost like natural highlights with some dark pink, some medium and some baby.
I also mix up my pink blend and add it to a jar that’s filled 50% with conditioner, 50% with the dye, and use that every time I wash my hair, every four days or so. Otherwise you end up with a monochrome whitest pink peach colour, which is actually a good thing if you want something that is easy to maintain.
In addition to dying it pink, I also have to bleach my roots every few weeks. I cut down on damage by keeping my hair much shorter than it appears. My natural hair length is around 2 inches past my shoulders, and I wear extensions for the length. That way I’m able to change the colour and the length all the time, without too much damage from the bleaching.
We have to ask: who are your “hairspirations”?
I’m kinda in love with the model Chloe Norgaard‘s hair! I don’t understand how she can change her revolving rainbow hair colour so much without damage. She is like a hair unicorn to me.
You’ve designed countless necklaces and jewelry pieces. What pieces are particularly special to you? Why?
I love the really large pendants! You can’t really wear them all day but as a statement piece for a few hours they are breathtaking. My personal favourites are the more unique intricate ones.
Audrey Kitching with rainbow hair in editorial for Coup de Main magazine | Photography: Liz Besanson
What colour defines you?
Toss up between pink, nude, gold and white. Simple but with a statement!
What are some unchecked items on your bucket list?
Travel to the world! I love culture I want to experience it all. That’s my number one I think. I want to see everything.
What songs are on your personal playlist?
I’m really into Grimes, The Beach Boys, French radio stations and weird Icelandic music.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
1. I don’t use microwaves.
2. I only take baths.
3. I would rather stay in then go to a party at all times!
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