We had the good fortune of connecting with Rikki Brockett and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rikki, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
Typical advice, especially in the beauty industry, is that we must conform to other’s opinions of what we should look like. Take a hairstyle for example: straight or slightly curled hair with a hot tool is more “acceptable” than say a person with naturally curly hair, some would even say more ‘professional’ looking. Curly hair is looked at as wild or untamed. I believe we all have differences that should be embraced, including our hair in its natural form. Different doesn’t necessarily mean bad or good- just a different thing to experience. When we don’t accept the things that naturally make us different, we exclude them and thus we exclude pieces of ourselves from love, acceptance, and grace.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a hairstylist wasn’t a dream of mine. Honestly, it terrified me to know end. My fear of ‘bad’ at it controlled what I thought about the profession entirely. Originally I wanted to be a massage therapist, but when I couldn’t receive student loan funding I decided to become an Esthetician and thereafter I was talked into going to Cosmetology School. I was incredibly nervous to talk to people. I’m somewhat of a shy person when I’m first introduced to people, but my strength lies in listening. My ability to sense people and read between the lines creates more of a dynamic that just doing their hair. I see people for who they are, not who they think they want to be or who others want them to be. Cultivating that relationship helps me to help sit with them in their most trying and glorious moments, giving them space to heal in their own time.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being in the Bridges of Madison County area, we would definitely stop by to see our local historic bridges! John Wayne country is just a short drive to see the John Wayne Museum and on the way we would grab a bite to eat at one of the many local diners but my favorite spot to show people is a short curve on a back road on the way to Winterset. In late August, early September, you can see the glory of the trees from this spot and really take in the scenery that is Madison County.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To the women in my life. My Mom who never stopped even when things were hard. She fought for her family, children & grandchildren fiercely. She is strong willed, never backs down and will help anyone in need, even if that means sacrificing things for herself. To my sister.. smart, strong and an undeniable force that is noticed by everyone she meets. Strong women build strong women and these two women have supported me, encouraged me and shown me what real strength in the face of adversity can be.

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Photo credit: Rikki Brockett

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