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Meet Trailblazer Nellie Rivas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nellie Rivas.

Nellie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been in the hair industry 27+ years. I am Vidal Sassoon trained. I started my career in the city of Pasadena as a front receptionist while I attended cosmetology school and when I finished I became an assistant for a very busy hairdresser in an upscale salon. I worked my way up to a booth renter with a full clientele within one year. I also was an educator for Toni&Guy (TIGI) International. Nine years ago, I decided to open my salon in the heart of the Pasadena Playhouse district wanting to create an upscale boutique with an intimate and relaxing environment for our clients where you can experience personalized and customized services.

Has it been a smooth road?
I am a true believer that in any job there are obstacles/challenges it is the way you handle them. If you have a passion for your dreams anything is possible. I believe those challenges have made me a strong person and business woman.

We’d love to hear more about Salon 90.
As far as my work, I specialize in precision haircuts and rich color applications that come from over 27 years of experience. I am Vidal Sassoon & TIGI trained for precision haircuts and Redken color trained.

I am most proud of the beautiful space I was able to create for both clients and staff. I pride myself and my staff with exceptional customer service and exceeding our client’s exceptions.

Our team is professional, talented and continuously educated.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
My mentors are people who are extremely driven and passionate about the industry and continue to educate themselves about the latest trends. Find these people and become a sponge and absorb their knowledge and talent. ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS!!!

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