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Conversations with the Inspiring Kim Cohen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Cohen.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kim. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey began in Northern Virginia/DC back in 2000. I had my cosmetology license for 6 years before I moved to LA to attend Cinema Makeup School. I decided I wanted to try doing hair and makeup on set. I did that for about a year but I wasn’t passionate about it. I decided to get back behind the chair! A few years later, my dear friend who was moving out of the state asked if I’d be interested in buying her salon. I said ‘hell yes!’ Rock Paper already had a great standing on Yelp. But, not even four years later, was I able to expand the salon and my staff and I maintained our wonderful Yelp reviews!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There are always obstacles and challenges no matter what business you’re in. The biggest obstacle is finding the right stylists. Not everyone will be a perfect fit. Just like any relationship, there’s a courting period. Sometimes, you know right away that you’ve made the right decision. Sometimes, it takes months to realize you’ve made the wrong one. The best advice I can give is to stay true to your values and to be as transparent as possible, so the other person knows what you’re looking for.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Rock Paper Salon story. Tell us more about the business.
I love doing color corrections! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy other aspects of the hair industry. But fixing someone’s color or doing a big color change is where I get to shine! I’m most proud of the fact that we’re all very passionate about what we do. We all have our niche whether it’s color, cutting, extensions or even a combination of a few different things. When you come to Rock Paper, you get the high-end service without the attitude. We’re a very relaxed environment with a neighborhood vibe.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I feel the biggest barrier to female leadership is other females. I’ve worked in many salons and have had the most issues with female cliques. That’s why I make it a point that it’s not welcome in my salon. We’re a team. We work with each other, not against. That’s the way it should be no matter what industry you’re in.


  • Full Balayage $250
  • Partial highlights $200
  • All over bleach $250
  • Root retouch (bleach) $200
  • Root retouch (single process) $110
  • Short/mid cut $85
  • Log cut/extra styling $105
  • We have a tiered level system for the rest of the stylists

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1515 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • Website:
  • Phone: 2132500900
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @rockpaperla   @rockpaperkim
  • Facebook: @rockpaperla

Image Credit:
Deissy Preciado

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