We had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Schossow of Rik Rak Salon expert hair colorist and stylist. Let’s get to know her as well as get some advice about how to maintain your hair beautiful this summer:
When did you choose to become a hairstylist?
I think I always knew, I just didn’t think it was a reality until I graduated high
school and realized you could actually make a career out of being a stylist.
My career path choice happened when I looked back at my “experiences”. I
was in ballet starting at the age of 4 and would constantly be playing dress
up as a kid so I got a taste of hair and makeup at a very young age. Going into
high school I was a semi – experienced stylist, not saying I had the technique
down but friends noticed my “skills” and would allow me to do their hair and
makeup for high school dances and party’s. I do have to blame my mom a bit
for my knowledge in the beauty routine since she always had top of the line
products in her cabinet and I would secretly rummage through her shelves
and helped myself to whatever she had, ultimately I would always get in
trouble, but defiantly paid off.
What is your favorite thing to do when it comes to hair: color, cutting, styling?
No one person is ever the same; everyone has specific needs, for me it’s
always a new adventure and this keeps everyday fresh and interesting. I
honestly can’t say I love cutting, coloring or styling better because I feel it’s
all connected and every element brings the entire look together. Your hair is
something that has to compliment your skin, eyes, and face shape. This is one
of the reasons why I do cut, color and style because I have full control of what
the outcome will be.
Where do you see yourself in five years career wise?
In five years, I would like give back to share my tips and tools with the
world and educate those that didn’t have the advantage to learn. I see myself
continually traveling more for special occasions and to growing my own
business into more then just cutting, coloring and styling, I would like to
write a beauty book that will collaborate everything I have learned in my
career. The industry is vast and so are the tips and advice, to organize this on
one book I feel would help out any age.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from the red carpet, blogs, and social media, movies,
celebrities, models, Pintrest and fashion forward magazines such as W,
WWD, ELLE, VOUGE which includes: US, Brazil, Germany, Italy, France and
Spain. Yes, I still buy print; I have always felt paper reads much better than
a screen. My real raw inspiration comes from travel; I am always looking
at trends from head to toe. I believe in an entire look can change others
perspective and when your styled the way you feel your best, confidence will
Is it difficult to alternate between styling hair and makeup?
For me, no. It all comes from the creative side that is the state I feel most
comfortable. Essentially, switching from one to another I just change my
SUMMER HAIR CARE TIPS:
1. Apply daily leave in conditioner or find one that has a SPF in it, I always
like to use Kerastase UV Defense Active Crème, it’s a multi-protection, anti-
damage and for color-treated hair.
2. Ask your stylist about doing a color gloss in between your regular color
appointments this will keep your color fresh and hair sealed and shiny with
all the wear and tear summer does, it’s half the price and this way you will be
able to stretch your color longer. If you have virgin hair you are always able
to do a clear gloss, leaves hair shiny, free flowing and added shape.
3. Steer clear of chlorine if at all possible, if it is unavoidable throw in a deep
conditioner before entering the pool or ocean, I love Masque UV Defense
Active and finish it off with Huile Celese both by Kerastase.
4. Try to avoid ponytails, especially with wet hair. A pretty braid with wet hair
is always the perfect option with a leave in conditioner and then once you
take out it will be a nice beach style for the evening, if some pieces are unruly
throw in some small curls throughout the hair, this will give it more style and
texture, try a little Apres Beach Spray by Oribe after for a tousled look.
5. Always keep a dry shampoo with you to avoid constant washings. If you do
shampoo often, keep it sulfite free even if you don’t have keratin done, this
way you’re easier on your hair.
6. Heat and sun oxidize hair color, making it look dry and fried, I would
recommend a keratin treatment. This treatment builds protein shield that
makes hair easier to style—it’s less fluffy, frizzy, and vulnerable to heat and
Long Healthy Hair:
1. Knots can lead to splitting and breakage, which may explain why your hair
seems to stop growing at a certain point. To avoid tangles and help each
strand reach its full potential, to avoid this, tie your hair up hair before bed,
flop your hair forward and gather it as though it’s a pineapple on top of your
head. When we sleep, we roll around so much, but a nighttime updo puts
your hair to rest.
2. Dust your ends to keep them fresh every 3 weeks. This means dusting the
ends with a shears to keep from breaking off.
3. If you’re a fan of the steam rooms after the gym, take a hair mask and let it sit
for as long as you can stand the heat, the steam will open up the hair cuticle
and let the product work at its full potential, rinse with cool water.
4. AVOID flat ironing or any heat to your hair as much as you can, try a keratin
treatment instead if you have unruly hair.
5. Weekly treatments a few I love, Oribe Masque for Color Treated Hair,
Kerestase Ole Curl Intense, even if you don’t have curly hair I found this has
the most moisture that will hold in your hair.
6. Eat the right foods, like salmon, avocado, flaxseed oils, walnuts and almonds
to name a few. Also take biotin daily at the highest mg along with your