We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Roach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicholas, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I’ve never been happier than i am now owning my own business. That was the decision that lead to opening my salon in the first place, how can i be happy doing what i love and can i create a space for others to feel that happiness. After that the business took on a life of its own and is becoming what we envisioned which is a safe space for employees to feel limitless creativity and have that inspiration flow naturally and freely to their clients. We are a people business and its them that keep us open so we have to provide a stellar experience that feels authentic at every step of their experience. I have worked in my previous career at a top hair brand for 20 years so i know a lot about brand expression and speaking to the clients we want in our chair, from the retail experience to our social media vision its must be cohesive and immediately recognizable and consistent, which leads to more client connection and ultimately trust.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love being a hairdresser so much because it has given me a great life and I’ve met so many of my personal Hair Heroes along the way. You could say I fell into hairdressing by accident, I was young and after high school traditional college didn’t seem interesting for me, my Dad was an Interior Designer and had his own business growing up and i remember watching him sketch floor plans and design beautiful interiors here in San Diego. I have his hands and hair just felt right after i decided to fully invest in it. I was trained in London in the 90’s and that’s where I learned to see hair as an art form of expression like sculpture. My hands just naturally took to it. What took my ability to the next level was being taught how to see, or be given an “eye” which trained me how to look hair and the ability to create magic. Public speaking training taught me the ability to get up in front of students and on stage and be able to tell the story that invites one to engage.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Well since they’d be flying in we would first hit up Little Italy and go have lobster rolls and sip craft cocktails at Ironside, if it were earlier in the day i would take them to Morning Glory for brunch. Lunch at the Taco Stand in North park then over to the beach at Pacific beach and eat at Tower 23 of go up to La Jolla Shores and take a Kayak lesson and eat a burger at The Shores Hotel. Mid week dinners at Underbelly or Tajima for ramen or maybe delicious chinese at Tasty Noodle House on Convoy. We would grab a drink at Urban Mo’s and toast a safe trip home.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh gosh there are so many!! I must start out with the Founder of Bumble and bumble, Michael Gordon for he created a salon that became and legacy and was the place to get your hair done in NYC for clients and models alike. His vision was clear and he stood strong and that’s why it was a success. He chose the right mix of people and played on their strengths and what each contributed to the whole. Bumble in the late 90’s and 2000’s was fertile with creativity and the people it attracted have become life long friends. It was the college experience i never had. Corinna Hernandez at Pony Salon in Oakland, Travis Speck at Sally Herschberger in NYC, Kate Schlicter at Lost Hills in L.A, off the top of my head are the ones i think of when I’m looking for creative inspiration and vice versa.
Salon Interior photos by Jeehon Cho
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