Talented artists create beauty for all humans.
I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. I began my professional career at Crate & Barrel on Madison Avenue, and was quickly promoted to a management position at CB2. While at CB2, I helped grow the brand through store openings in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and finally, Miami Beach.
Opening CB2’s Miami Beach store in 2009, relocated me to South Florida. With the support and encouragement of my boyfriend (now husband), I enrolled in a cosmetology program at Beauty Schools of America in South Beach. At school, I learned the skills I took with me to an apprentice position at Salon Vaso on Miami Beach. While at Vaso, I worked my way up to a stylist position and happily styled hair for 5 years while working alongside the salon owner, Vaso Spirou, and my best friend and master colorist, Natalia Mejia.
After 5 years at Vaso, I made the move back to New York with the intention of furthering my skills as a stylist and making new connections. I found the perfect fit at Sam Brocato in Soho. During my time at Sam, I successfully progressed my skill set under the direction of Styling Educator, Cristie Paduano, and secured invaluable knowledge which I’ve applied to my work. I also established great friendships which I will always maintain and cherish, and I remain a visiting artist at Sam’s salon.
With the onset of Covid-19, I made the decision to move back to Miami and set my own standard of beauty by creating Mind the Mane. I created Mind the Mane to deliver a higher standard of beauty and salon services to Miami clientele. I am building a brand that delivers high quality service to all Humans through talented artists.
I will always strive to make Mind the Mane a place that allows you to put your best mane forward.
Ricky received extensive education from Alfaparf Academy, Arrojó Academy, Phyto Academy, and Menspire Academy, he has attended classes with Jen Atkin & Heather Chapman, and is certified in Hair Talk Tape-in hair extensions. Ricky is a master stylist and blow dry artist specializing in hair cutting utilizing various high-level techniques for men and women’s cuts.
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