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Meet Trailblazer Rocio Rodriguez and Sara Rivera

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rocio Rodriguez and Sara Rivera.

Rocio and Sara, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It’s actually pretty great when we look back and reminisce about it. It’s almost as if we were not only meant to meet as acquaintances but destined to start this salon business together. Although we can be pretty opposite in many ways, our similarities in our professional background are what linked us together. Not only were we facilitators for the sister companies Redken and Pureology, but we also shared our passion for continuing education in our industry. Which is actually how we met! Although our class encounters were brief, they were the stepping stone of what was to come.

Fast forward two years later, we both coincidentally decided to leave our salon companies and take the entrepreneurial route by opening independent salon suites at the same location! You can call it a chance, or you can call it destiny. We like to think it’s a little bit of both, sprinkled with our own drive and desires for change.

After a couple of years working closely and realizing that we have more in common than we thought, the idea of collaborating just seemed to make perfect sense. I mean, we both use the same professional product lines, have clear and open communication with our clients and take the utmost pride in our guest experience. What really ties us together is our approach to healthy hair and teaching our guests how to maintain it. Our clients constantly wish we were at home styling them on the daily, but we all know that’s not a possibility. So, making sure we share our best tips and tricks always takes priority during their services.

Recognizing that our differences gave us new and fresh perspectives and our similarities brought us closer together, made us realize we had something special. Thus, The Blonde + The Brunette Boutique Salon emerged. Although the future salon space is undergoing renovations, we are excited to share the opening with our current and future guests this Summer, 2019. Feel free to stalk us on Instagram @shestheblonde and @shesthebrunette and make sure to visit us at for all updates and booking info!

Great, 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?
Let’s be real. When is opening a business EVER a smooth road? Although that wasn’t the case, it definitely helps to have a strong partnership and support system.

One of the things we struggled with was finding locations at our budget while ensuring that we weren’t taken advantage of by landlords. Another was acquiring the right team for this process. That may not be listed as a ‘struggle,’ but it’s definitely an intricate journey. Besides the professional challenges that opening a business imposes, there is a distinct one that comes to mind. Time. Being that we both work full-time behind the chair and are both newlyweds, finding a balance was not easy.

As far as advice for young females beginning their journey, we’ve got a list of tips to help y’all out! Let’s just stick to the non-negotiables for now:

1.- STAY STRONG. Get ready ladies, you might just get mansplained. “Say what?” Although we have some amazing men on our team, we have definitely encountered instances where men have questioned our abilities. Despite that not always being the case, you have to be prepared for those moments. Stay strong and make sure to stand your ground in the classiest way possible. Professionalism at every moment is key.

2.- STAY POSITIVE. Every no gets you closer to a yes. For every obstacle you go through, there is something to learn from it. We promise. Remember to follow your gut and keep moving forward. Even if that means walking away from a bad situation, to make room for a better one.

3.-STAY SUPPORTED. Sometimes, when we are starting a new endeavor, we tend to take pride in solidarity. Be careful with this one. Maintaining a strong circle can by the key to a successful business. Make sure to have honest conversations with family and/or life partners about your upcoming projects, the financial commitments they require and time that will have to be dedicated to the project. Another is hiring a business coach. You don’t know everything and neither do we. Coaches are an essential tool for growth and guidance. You need lots of that when you’re starting off.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Blonde & The Brunette Salon – what should we know?
At our salon company, we offer hair color services that include: balayage, color melting, highlighting and our fave- gray coverage. We also provide hair shaping and styling services for ALL textures. Come one, come all.

The best part of a yin and yang partnership is being able to offer opposite services while maintaining the same level of integrity. Although we have major similarities in our love for creating dimensional hair color, we have some differences in shaping and texture. Rocio is the queen of long layers and enhancing movement for the perfect classic, yet livable look. I, on the other hand, love a well-polished style but am known for my curly cuts and all things natural.

The one thing that we are most proud of is making sure that we keep our clients hair healthy and vibrant. No matter what. That comes with having enough experience and confidence to say no when necessary. Sure, a lot of clients would love that Gwen Stefani platinum, but if it’s not realistic for our clients, it ain’t happening. This actually helps us build trust and longevity with our guests. We care about their hair looking and feeling healthy and beautiful 24/7.

This is, without a doubt, what sets us apart from other salons. First off, we are a keratin-free salon. We don’t believe in services that permanently change the natural texture of the hair. Rather, we choose to educate our clients on the best ways to either enhance their natural texture or style for temporary changes using the best products and techniques.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Take it seriously, but not THAT serious.

You want to make sure to make responsible, tactful decisions, but remember to have fun and stay present.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Email: (Rocio,) (Sara)
  • Instagram: @shestheblonde, @shesthebrunette

Image Credit:
@zelayatalks/Ashley Zelaya

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