We had the good fortune of connecting with Roxy R Gory and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roxy, why did you pursue a creative career?
I grew up in a private catholic school from kindergarten to 8th grade, very conservative, uniforms, the whole nine yards. You weren’t allowed to color your hair, paint your nails, we couldn’t even wear colors that weren’t part if the uniform!
After getting in trouble for having a French manicure once, and another time being sent home because my Mom colored a blonde highlight in my hair I realized my only way to express myself and be a little different was how I styled my hair.
Almost every day I would wake up extra early to curl my hair, do some different hairstyle. Those were the days with the twisty hairstyles and butterfly clips, or head bands, I enjoyed playing with my hair and enjoyed even more having SOMETHING different from my classmates.
That’s around the time I said I wanted to grow up and do hair.
Then we moved to Arizona and I started public high school. I loved seeing everyone be so different with their styles, hair, makeup, so that’s when I really started getting creative. My mom would take me to hair salons and I would come up with the weirdest cuts and colors, I swear all the hairdressers would role their eyes at me. I didn’t know about hair but I knew how I wanted it to look in the end. The older I got the more I noticed that stylists rarely gave me what I wanted (and I get why) but it bugged me and I told myself, if I ever did hair I wouldn’t be the type of stylist who cuts five inches off instead of the one the client asked for, (we’ve all been there).
I don’t ever want to be that stylist that you walk away thinking I didn’t give you what you wanted, within reason of course. And I want to always give my clients what they want, no matter how different it can be. I’ve always liked to have a different style and love encouraging others to just be you, be different, it’s ok to stand out.🤍
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Specializing in creative colors is the first thing that sets me apart from many other stylists and I’m very proud of that. I’m always learning more techniques, trends and adding new things to my services. Recently I got into the tinsel trend, all of my clients are loving adding a splash of sparkle to their hair. I love creative colors and try to incorporate more vivids into natural colors, if it’s coloring your actual hair or adding colored extensions. Sometimes less is more and you don’t need to be solid mermaid hair in order to rock vivids.
Being where I’m at today was not easy, it took many years of being in different corporate salons that didn’t pay well which is reason enough for anyone to leave this profession.
I really love doing hair, and my mindset has always been I rather be doing something I love and am happy to work over getting paid well. Eventually I went back to college and shortly after went out on my own, and that’s when things took off. Being on my own and doing more of the services I love I was gaining more clients and able to take care of myself financially while in school full time! I really had every intention to leave this career and start a new one in psychology/family therapy, but I LOVE doing hair and couldn’t leave. I really do have a passion for therapy and I hope one day I can incorporate the two but for now I want to keep growing my business.
I pride myself in always working with my clients one on one, no distractions, my studio is a safe spot where we can talk about it anything, it’s a place for you to decompress, let it out, feel better emotionally and then walk out feeling refreshed with your new hair!
Your hair is your invisible crown, walk around like you know you’re a queen stand tall confident and Rock that Crown.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, my best friend does come and visit, and lately our first stop before or after doing her hair at RoxxStar Hair is go next door to the Beer Research institute, they have really good food and craft beer. I love hanging out in downtown Gilbert, Whiskey Row is fun plus they have games. We grew up in the Dos Gringos era with giant Jenga, pong, pool, so we enjoy any place with games.
For breakfast Hash Kitchen is always a great spot, good mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
We would definitely go to the Gilbert Farmers Market, so many great local businesses there! My husband and I gave our favorites that we visit every few weeks. Benny Blanco Tortillas, you won’t regret trying them!
A country concert at Ak-Chin Pavilion is always a fun time!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents and my Husband have been my biggest supporters throughout my career. My Mom believed in me from day one when I wanted to start beauty school.
My Dad having his own business has helped support me in many ways transition from a corporate salon to working for myself plus extra as I finished my degrees🤍
My Husband is my biggest fan he believes in me more than I do sometimes. He’s always trying to find ways to achieve my goals or help out in any way business and home life.