I’ve traveled all over the world 🌎 and the most important thing it’s taught me is that no matter where you go or who you are love is love. It’s everywhere. Even in the darkest of places love is alive. As an Italian American I’m grateful to wake up in this beautiful city today. Venice, Italy 🇮🇹 with @behindthechair_com#travel#italy#hairstylist#love#behindthechair
Mask off 🎭 by my bro #hairgod_zito ❤️
Choices. We all have them. We all decide if we wanna take the high road or the low one. Integrity. We can choose to have it or not. Truth. We can choose to live our truth or stay in a lie. My truth is that I’m a small town boy that has one true love. Hair. I have always loved hair. I grew up on it. It’s a love affair that for me will never die. I started out doing raver chicks & taking pictures. People slowly started to respond to what I was doing and here I am. If anyone had told me then where I’d be now I’d have told them they were crazy. You have no idea how lucky I feel & grateful for every single one of y’all out there that supports me. I try to follow every hairstylist that I meet. Always have. I’m so grateful for all of the platforms that have helped me grow as an artist along the way. Given me opportunities, awards like @behindthechair_com, advice & a shoulder to cry on when I needed it most. What I don’t believe in & can’t stand behind is frauds & people that pretend to have the best intentions of hair stylists at heart while they take advantage of them & bleed them dry. I’ve made my mistakes along the way. Trusted the wrong people & got screwed. I have no regrets. I live. I learn & I grow. I just want y’all to be careful out there cause I truly love this industry. Times have changed & as artists we have choices. I can’t stand by & watch my friends and fellow artists work for pennies & struggle to pay their bills being manipulated into thinking it’s good for their careers. All while their “boss” is making fun of them & calling them stupid behind their backs laughing all the way to the bank. Not keeping their promises & NOT having their best interests at heart. That’s not who I am & that is not who I will ever be. I made my choice & I couldn’t be happier for the future. It’s not easy leaving artists behind that you love & starting a new journey. But when necessary change is good for the soul & makes us grow. I’m one of the most loyal people you’ll ever meet. But loyalty works both ways. Make sure you surround yourself with people that love you & truly have your best interests at heart. Much love xx Rickey.