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Iles Formula Hair Talk with Nicholas Roach

We are pleased to introduce you this week to master of cuts Nicholas Roach who was one of the original Educators at Bumble and Bumble University in NYC when the school opened in 2002 and delivered Razor Mastery and Backstage Editorial education to the vast network of salon stylists who visited the NYC school for 10+ years. He was Director of Education for Bumble Live program where he led the field team of lead stylists who traveled and educated in salons across cities in the US for 10 years. Now he has opened his own salon Sweet Jane Salon in San Diego and has education programs partnered with brands like Pony and Lost Hairdressers to bring advanced cutting and styling to stylists who are beyond the “big brand” hair philosophy.

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IF: Tell us what you think is the biggest challenge in hairdressing today?

A rigorous determination to stay true to one’s own art, and to avoid being swayed by what’s culturally popular. What I have learned from the many hair heroes I admire is Its about finding your own voice.

IF: What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?

Relationship building and educating.


IF: Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?

Seemed like a natural fit for someone obsessed with old Hollywood and anything camp in film.

IF: If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser what would you have been?

An interior designer as I like to create a space for my clients to enjoy and hang out in and feel at ease in.

IF: What is your greatest strength?

My ability to visualize.


IF:  Your favorite hairdressing tools?

My hands, a Mason Pearson, and my Dyson.

IF: Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How you discovered us and which formula is your favorite?

I discovered it through a class I was teaching at Lost Hairdressers in Dallas, tried it and became obsessed with the performance and knew it was niche and would speak to my clients.

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IF: What was the most challenging job you ever made? 

Assisting Guido and his team NYC fashion week, tough but yet sublime.

IF: What was your worst hair moment and why…. privately or on set/stage or in the salon? 

Assisting at Bumble in NYC the early days, and getting the round brush lodged into the clients’ hair and my stylist freaking out.


IF: If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?

Madonna, because she’s Madonna!!

IF: Where do you pull hair inspiration from?

My friends, trial and error, film and music, I guess everywhere because it’s always a never-ending learning process of being better than I was.


IF: Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?

Take risks, and never stop learning.

IF: Thank you Nicholas for sharing with us.

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