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Conversations with Cori Collins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cori Collins.

Hi Cori, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I attended Cosmetology School when I was in High School in Amador County, CA. I always dreamed of Southern California and knew it was where I wanted to pursue my career as a hairstylist. After finishing Cosmetology School and High School and saving enough money by working at a local restaurant, I moved to Newport Beach at age 18.

From there, I assisted at Madison Salon for a year and spent the following four years building my clientele at Madison Salon. While working at Madison many opportunities came my way and I continued to grow as a stylist. As of July, I started renting my own station at JP Oliver Salon in Costa Mesa and am working towards owning a salon of my own one day.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Overall, I would say it was all smooth in a way of feeling meant to be, as cliche as that sounds. The transition of moving from a very small town in Northern California where I knew everyone to a big city with chaotic freeways and knowing no one definitely came with its challenges. Along the way, I felt overwhelmed, lonely, and defeated. But even more than that, I felt inspired, welcomed, and challenged. Everyday I wake up feeling so thankful for where I am at and excited for my future as a stylist!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I love doing hair! I get to meet the most incredible people and I learn something new from each of my clients every single day. I find that I have a lot of blonde clients and they definitely showcase the work that I am most proud of. I also do extensions and love the transformations I achieve with them. I am proud to be a Goldwell Color Educator, do hair for the Charger Cheerleaders, and have worked behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. I believe there are hundreds of incredible stylists out there and what sets me apart is just being me.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Oh! Luck! My favorite! I like to think I believe in luck, but I don’t. It’s all hard work and choices made along the way. I feel grateful and at moments like wow how did I get here. But ultimately, I know that it comes down to the choices I’ve made, good and bad, and the amount of work I put in. I suppose I would say I feel lucky with the amount of love and support I receive from my family and friends.


  • Partial highlight – $125
  • Female haircut – $80
  • Men’s haircut – $60
  • Balayage – $180

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