Ryan Pearl is SoHo’s secret to California girl hair. Perfecting the art of lived in, effortless hair color, Ryan resides at Cutler Salon in NYC as a colorist for some of the hottest models- including ‘it’ girls Hailey Baldwin and Lo Bosworth. Though he originally wanted to be a barber, he quickly discovered a knack for painting hair. So what does it take to be one of the most sought after colorists in NYC? We picked Ryan’s brain to find out…
How did you get your start in the industry?
My mother is a hairdresser. I got to watch her and others work while I was still very young. I actually wanted to be a barber, but during my time in cosmetology school I discovered that coloring hair was more fun and much more interesting. So, I decided to become a colorist.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
My biggest career challenge occurred when I decided to leave my secure job at a hair salon in central New Jersey to become a stylist at Cutler Salon in downtown Manhattan. I had to go through an eighteen-month on-the-job training program before getting my own chair and the opportunity to start my career as a colorist.
Who are some of the role models that have inspired you?
My mother is number one. Rachel Bodt, the color educator at Cutler Salon, is another. I also admire Rodney Cutler. His passion for this industry is obvious to those who work for and with him on a daily basis. In fact, it is matchless. Additionally, I have worked with Tracey Cunningham when she has “performed her magic” on clients at Cutler Soho. She and Rachel are two colorists that I admire and try to emulate.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I believe that many of my clients like the seamless, low maintenance look I give them. Whether a client is a blonde or a brunette, I try to provide a hair color that makes her life easier and gives her a look she will like.
What was the last major makeover that you’ve done?
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
It’s simple. You can’t hit the ball if you don’t swing the bat.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? What advice would you give to new stylists?
I’d tell them that it’s very easy to “become a robot” when you serve clients continuously throughout the day. So … take a step back and evaluate your work.
What is the next chapter for you?
I would like to continue progressing in all aspects of my career and share the knowledge I have with others, particularly stylists that are beginning their careers. I am also working hard to get my new product, Pearl Oil, into retail stores by the middle of 2016.
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