Hey guys & gals,
Early “fashion Friday” this week because it’s my birthday and I am heading on vacation! WOO! This is a piece that is very important to me. It’s a spotlight & feature on someone I admire, look up to and always have a blast with… keep reading to find out who 🙂
Right now there are millions of girls in the world dreaming of designing a style that one of their favorite celebrities will rock. I’m not sure if I have mentioned this or not, but my celeb girl crush is Jessica Simpson, and that girl already has amazing style so I wouldn’t mess with that. However, I am quite envious and excited to say that my cousin, Nicole Tresch at Rita Hazan Salon has actually worked on Jessica’s hair. Rita is Jessica’s stylist and owns the salon (obviously) located on 5th Ave in NYC. Nicole walked into Rita Hazan when she moved to Hoboken NJ in 2005 from south Jersey after graduating school and getting some experience on her resume. It must have been a right time, right place situation when she walked into RH that day. She started her position as Rita’s assistant. She traveled to LA and other locations to style extremely well-known celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Michelle Williams. Nicole was promoted from assistant to colorist after working under Rita for 5 years. She has been able to build her own book of business, bring in her own celebrity clientele and stack up over 1500 Instagram followers. One of her most loyal clients is Loren Ridinger who, with her husband, created Market America, shop.com and Motives Make up.
Nicole has always worked 6 days a week, 8-10 hours a day. Not because she had to, but because being a cosmetologist is what Nicole loves doing. When I asked Nicole what advice she would give someone aspiring to be successful in her industry she said, “Be passionate! Never say no. Be open to trial and error, nothing is ever ‘wrong.’” The biggest thing I take away from Nicole’s career is that she is in a creative field and just because it may not work for one person, does not mean it’s that way for every other client, “be a version that works for you,” Nicole explained when I asked her about this seasons “trend.” Nicole said she does not believe in trends but she says that “red is in and contrast with brightness for the summer mixed with effortless beachy hair that grows out easy and is low maintenance.” I am a huge fan of the effortless beach wave. When I use that Bed Head “Small Talk” and sleep on my hair with that in, I am easily able to obtain this look. It is super easy and natural looking. Loves it!
Summer is coming, that’s inevitable. I have blonde hair and at the end of every summer my hair is dead, dead, dead! I asked Nicole what I could do to help protect my hair against the chlorine, sun and harmful summer-ness if you will. She expressed the idea of hair sunscreen! Hmm… This is news to me! She said, “Phyto brand is great and wear a hat in the sun.” Something else I found extremely interesting and helpful was her advice to “wet down your hair with tap water before jumping into a chlorine-filled pool to create a barrier and avoid green tones.” What a great tip.
Everyone grows up thinking they are going to find a career where they love going to work every day and are also able to make the money needed to support them. We know that’s not always the case. We have dreams when we are children of what we want to do and where we want our lives to go but sometimes, hell, most times it doesn’t work out that way. I lived with Nicole for a few months when I graduated college, in the crash of 2008. Needless to say, it was short lived, I returned to south Jersey and went back to grad school. During this time I was really hard on myself. I felt like I had lost control of my future, what I wanted to be and where the hell I was going. I went back to school to be a teacher. In 2010, educational budgets were cut in NJ. Shocker! I graduated in January 2011. I found myself substituting and doing what I could to stay in the teaching field because I did love it. I ended up working at a day care, making nickels for money and living with my father at 27 years old. Don’t get me wrong, my dad’s cool as shit but I felt like a loser. I remember at some point during this time talking to Nicole and her saying to me, “you just have to take chance. You will make it work because you do not have a choice.” She told me there was a time she didn’t know if she was going to make it, she was very close to packing up her 1 bedroom shoe-box of an apartment and head back to south Jersey. but right then is when she got her promotion. She never gave up. After that conversation, I decided to pack up my stuff & move to Florida. I knew she was right. I knew I could figure it out, I knew I was a lot stronger than I thought I was and I am grateful to her for giving me this advice. Nicole told me the reason she loves her job is because she wants to make her clients “feel hot and feel comfortable stepping out of the box,” so take chances. I think Nicole is extremely smart in not only her career but life lessons as well. You can’t get anywhere taking the easy way out. You need to work hard, put in the time, and be humble. Kind of like, if you build it they will come. If you love what you do, your passion shows, the success will follow.
Thanks for sharing your tips and advice with us Nicole and thanks for inspiring me to always be the best version of myself. Follow Nicole on Instagram @nicoletreschcolor !!
Happy “early” Fashion Friday!