My Hair Hero

Ruth RocheWhen you are a young, fresh, up-and-coming stylist, inspiration comes easy. Everything is new and exciting and you want to try everything. As a new stylist, I became an Educator for Redken and had the pleasure of working with Ruth Roche. Ruth is the kind of hair dresser who is always inspired, and always inspiring. She taught me so many skills that I have taken through my career; technical skills, mentoring skills, communication skills, and inspirations. And she is the first person that trusted me to go on stage with her in front of 300 people at a hair event. She truly is my Hair Hero.

Nikki at a Ruth Roche class.In November of last year, I participated in a hands-on class with Ruth and seven other stylists at her salon in NYC. Just being able to work with Ruth again for two days was amazingly inspiring, as well as a great boost to the running of our Baltimore salon. I learned new cutting techniques, some new trends, and got to spend the day with a number of other hair dressers — both veteran and novice — who helped me to feel the same excitement about doing hair that I had in the very beginning of my career.

Ruth just launched her own website this week. It is geared toward both hairdressers and clientele. There are editorial and industry photos spanning her career, as well as videos on hair products and at-home styling. I hope you find it as inspirational as I do!