Ricardo Jara (@ricardojarahair) California hairstylist, has taken the industry by storm with his fun and vibrant personality that is undeniably eye-catching and hilarious. He is not afraid to speak his mind and his talent behind the chair is nothing short of amazing. Ricardo, being the innovator that he is, inspired our team here at Colortrak to develop a tool that would change the way stylist balayage this summer and for years to come. The Balayage Board + Grip Ring available in Colortrak’s Ibiza Collection is Ricardo’s very own life hack brought to life with style and finesse using a durable acrylic balayage board with an adhesive grip ring that can be repositioned as many times as you desire. The grip ring allows the stylist to have full control over the balayage board without discomfort or mess, and with its 360 degree swivel capabilities coloring a clients hair will be completed faster and easier.
We had the opportunity to sit with Ricardo for a Q&A session and he holds nothing back in this one on one interview with Colortrak. Check it out below!
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE BEING A HAIRSTYLIST IN 4 WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
A: Exhilarating, wild, fun, challenging
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT SO FAR IN YOUR CAREER?
A: My biggest accomplishment to this date would be scoring a sponsorship with colortrak; it’s only the beginning 😉
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPACTFUL THING THAT HAS HAPPEN TO YOU SINCE BECOMING A PART OF THE #COLORTRAKFAM?
A: I would say being automatically brought into a family of stylists who share the same love, goals, and passion as me was the most impactful, because I made some amazing friends with both stylists and the amazing staff and that’s pretty freaking dope.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE IBIZA COLLECTION AND WHY ?
A: Girlll come on let’s be 100 the rotating balayage board! Clearly cause I collaborated with colortrak to create it and it’s something I had in my head for a while! Definitely a game changer!
WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS WHEN YOU CAME UP WITH THE GRIP RING + BALAYAGE BOARD COMBO?
A:. I don’t think my brain has a well organized thought process haha, I will say I always used boards, but suffering from lame carpal tunnel syndrome would really strain my wrists palm, and, fingers. So I always had the wheels turning in creating something that would rotate and swivel. Then I got gifted a cell phone ring by my best friend and the rest was just like a light bulb going off. So I stuck it to the back of a board I had for ages and BOOM I invented something, used my version for months and then collaborated with Colortrak over my idea and here we are!
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO SEE YOUR IDEA AS A PACKAGED FINAL PRODUCT?
A. Surreal as all hell, for real it’s crazy! Something I made being packaged, executed, and manufactured by Colortrak is just plain insane to me. I can’t believe I invented something and holding the final product in my hands was just amazing.
IF YOU COULD GIVE ANY ADVICE TO ASPIRING STYLIST, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A: Educate yourself don’t let your ego or pride get in the way of growing as a stylist. I know it’s hard to admit weakness or defeat, but honestly someone who messes up and wants to do better is by far more respected by me then the person who thinks they know it all and doesn’t want to be vulnerable because of their ego. So stay humble, get educated, and challenge yourself to do things that scare you because the more do it the less scared you get and boom CONFIDENCE in your craft. Oh! and please stay humble if you get a lot of followers you are NOT Beyoncé.
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“Colors speak louder than words”