Monday, 31 March 2014

My Chat With Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri | Exclusive Interview

Hi everyone, I'm so sorry for no blog posts last week, but I have been so busy that I didn't get a chance. However, I am back today with an exclusive interview I conducted with hair masters Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri.

Nikki and Riawna are two Los Angeles hairstylists that have overtaken West Hollywood with their ultra modern premiere salon and also for their sheer creative brilliance and talent in the beauty industry.

Keep reading to find out about their favourite beauty products, tips and of course Nine Zero One...

Firstly where did you both meet?
Nikki: We both met whilst working as assistants at the Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica.

How did you join forces to open up Nine Zero One in West Hollywood?
Riawna: We had both been working as a pair for a while and we wanted to finally create an environment that reflected our own personalities, tastes, and work ethics all in one.

What was the inspiration behind the venture?
Nikki: We were inspired to make a salon that was a totally unique experience, unlike any other salon out there. We wanted everyone that walks through our doors to feel like Nine Zero One is their home away from home!

Describe the salon in five words?
Riawna: Inspirational, energetic, chic, comfortable, and trendsetting.

Who is your most famous celebrity client?
Nikki: All of our clients are our absolute favourites, so its hard to say!

How do you stay up to date with the latest trends?
Riawna: We're constantly inspired in our daily lives to create new fashion led trends!

If you both had to live on a desert island, which essential products would you take?
Nikki: That's really easy for us. It would have to be Unite 7 Seconds, which could help us untangle our messy hair and also the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to enhance our beach locks.

You often work with A-Listers such as Jennifer Lawrence and Ashley Tisdale, what is your most common celeb hair request?
Riawna: The most common request is for natural looking hair. Effortless beauty is always the most desired.

As well as Vanessa Hudgens, you also transform Selena Gomez, how do you create their signature bohemian braids?
Nikki: We created the Braid Bar in our salon for our clients to come in, see a menu and pick from our most chic braids. The ticket to all braids is to add lots of texture, without it - they just won't work.

Is there a universal style that flatters most people? If so, what is it and how do we achieve the look?

Riawna: No one style works for every person, which is why we really like to get to know our clients and listen to their lives day in and day out to customise the most perfect look especially for them.

As you specialise in extensions, what advice can you give to girls wanting to maintain their long manes at home?
Nikki: You're haircare regime should be as strict as your skin care. Great products and regular haircuts keep you healthy and polished, meaning it will look its best.

What are your personal favourite hairstyles and why?
Riawna: We would both pick braids! Mainly because they look intricate and detailed, yet they are always so effortlessly chic.

Can you share with my readers your ultimate bombshell beauty tips?
Nikki: Confidence is key! Don't be afraid to try new things and explore other options. Remember to experiment!

What are your life mottos?
Riawna: It would have to be that teamwork definitely makes all of your dreams work!

Lastly, whats next for Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri?
Nikki: Through the rest of 2014 and 2015 we have large expansion plans for the Nine Zero One brand.
Riawna: We really want to branch-out, so everyone will just have to wait and see what the future holds for us!

Once again I would just like to say a huge thank you to both Nikki and Riawna for conducting this interview with me. As two busy stylists and entrepreneurs, they are highly in-demand, yet they still took the time out of their busy schedules to share their insight with my beautiful readers.

To stay up-to-date
with the sassy salon on Twitter, follow @NineZeroOne. Also be sure to checkout the girls @NikkiLee901 and @RiawnaCapri too!

Lastly, let me know all of your favourite haircare tips and must-have products?

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