Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Coote.
Hi Nikki, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Nikki Coote has a passion for hair. It is a passion that drives deep within her. “When you look good, you feel good” is something that she is always saying. Hair has always been her creative outlet. Growing up in a multi-cultural community, Nikki quickly developed her passion for natural hairstyling. “I knew from a very young age that hair was my niche. I remember hair being my hustle in high school just so I can buy food from the concession stand and not have to eat cafeteria food. I was the girl sitting in the bleachers braiding hair. its very humbling now as a adult thinking of all the mamas, aunties, cousins and grandmas of my childhood friends that would come sit with me as a teenager they really was trusting a kid with their hair for real lol.” Nikki takes great pride in her technical skills and being able to cater to all hair types. In Miami, which is where she is originally from, she started her foundation with natural hairstyling.
In 2007, Nikki relocated to Jacksonville,Fl and decided that hair was more than just a hobby to her. “I was flipping through white pages looking for a cosmetology school to gain my license, I stumbled upon Paul Mitchell the school. I never heard of the brand before. in the white pages it was normandy beauty school when I called a very cheerful lady answered the phone and that moment began my journey with the company. I was super blessed to find the brand as it very much so shaped me to be a more versatile stylist not only having braids as a specialty anymore but also cut and color. Paul Mitchell taught me there was no such thing as white or black hair but that Its all about texture and formation. im very thankful for my foundation.” She enrolled in the Paul Mitchell School, where she learned how to be a true professional. Graduating with honors, she used all her accolades to her advantage, and landed a job in a high end salon. Shortly thereafter, she was offered a teaching job at her alma mater, Paul Mitchell.
One of her many accomplishments has been becoming a published stylist in the Jacksonville magazine. She has had the opportunity to work on many editorial shoots throughout Florida. She also has shared the stage with her mentor, LaDonna Dryer, at the ‘Orlando Premiere Show’.
Currently, Nikki is in her own studio salon (Vybe) full time, while being a free lance hair stylist in her spare time. Nikki has aspirations of one day becoming a platform artist, starting a mobile franchise , and many, many more great things.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A terrible situation with my old shop actually caused me to glow up. Experienced something that I basically never imagine happening between some old colleagues and I. I was extremely hurt by it so, I decided to leave and start my own business. As scary as the choice was I definitely have no regrets. I can honestly say that I was being lazy and complacent. wasn’t aiming for more but now here I am thriving in my own establishment.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My name is Nikki Coote I am a licensed cosmetologist for the past 12 years. 6 of those years I was an educator for Paul Mitchell the school which is also where I obtained my cosmetology license. I am all about the health, quality and integrity of hair. I’m known for my green thumb and growing hair. I am also proud to say that I can work with all textures and formations of hair. I specialize in many techniques including extensions, protective styles, cutting and color. Making sure that you are fully satisfied not only with your crown (hair on your head) but also your overall experience with me is super imperative. The name of my company is Vybe. Essentially I want to curate a happy, positive atmosphere for my clients every time they come and sit in my chair through the whole entire service I want to make sure that they are comfortable and that they enjoy the Vybe.
What makes you happy?
What makes me happy in business is seeing my clients being in love with their hair at the end of the service. or when they rebook and share little victories with the progress of their hair maybe retaining moisture or the quality of their hair improving since the last service. Happiness in my life in general is my children staying happy providing them Peace and stability and all their needs.
- Website: www.vybellc.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/vybellcsalon