Ashley Ruffin


Ashley Ruffin



United States

State / Region


Hair Stylist


I'm 24, born in Mississippi but I reside in Charlotte, NC. I have a BA in Human Resources; which I use on my full-time job. Doing hair has always been my passion but I did choose to go to college which I'd never change! I've used my degree to strategically turn my side hustle (hair) into a business that I plan to nurture into something big.

Ashley, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Hair Stylist?

Hair is my passion, I aspire to own a large full-service salon or maybe a building of suites with a new trend. My mother played a huge role in my love for hair. She's been a cosmetologist all my life; I grew up in her salon. I would sit at the empty station and play with her maniqian heads while she worked. Eventually, I knew hair was something I'd pursue.

Who is your inspiration in life Ashley? How do you keep inspired?

Outside of my mother. Social media and the leaders in the hair game keep me inspired. One stylist, in particular, is @aprildivahatyles. I've been following this lady for years now on IG. She's a hairstylist but very business minded; she's making major moves. She has a few salons, products, etc. that's what you call goals.

We all make mistakes Ashley; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Hair Stylist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

So I've been lucky. I haven't had to deal with any colleague drama. I have a private studio, so it's just me. However, if I did have an issue with a colleague, I would speak with them and try to work things out as teammates before escalating or eliminating myself from the situation.

Ashley, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Hair Stylist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?

For me it hard to work with a large number and provide stellar service to everyone. To eliminate that issue. I don't stack, my clients. It's one at a time. My clients rarely never see each other. I give myself time in between clients, and I don't overbook. I provide better service when I'm relaxed and prepared, so I pace myself.

Please tell us, Ashley, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Hair Stylist?

Right now things are very busy, between processing wig orders, doing clients, working my job, and marketing, I HAVE to keep a well-organised calendar so that I can fit everything in and maximise my hours at the same time. Time is money! I don't like a waist of time.

Ashley, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.

I had a client who would not wear her natural hair. She felt insecure; she thought us was a thing and just not enough. Every time she would come for sewing I would tell her one day we're going to do your hair and your going to wear it! She would always say no ma'am! So one day I showed her three photos of looks I knew I could recreate using only her natural hair, and that would flatter her style. She picked one, and I asked her if we could Style her natural hair if I promised it would look like the picture. She agreed and the result was fantastic. Now I can't get her to get a weave!

Ashley, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Hair Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?

My proudest moment was when I saw the promo video for my hair Collection. I did a promo video for the launch of my line which was fun, but when I actually saw the outcome I was an emotional wreck! When my videographer sent me the video and the behind the scenes footage of the shoot I just burst into tears. I was so happy i didn't know what to do with myself. Securing the capital launch, my line took a lot of hard work and dedication so when I saw what I had accomplished in video form; it was an amazing feeling. Later that week I signed the lease on my first and very own salon studio. I said to myself you did it.

Ashley, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

I'm able to be creative when my clients aren't picky. Sometimes they'll sit in my chair and say do something while I enjoy the chance for creativity, it can be a little challenging not knowing if they'll like what I do or not.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Hair Stylist?

Set goals, plan, believe in yourself, know your worth, and work smart, not hard.!

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?

Yes! I'm interested in all of the above. I would love to collaborate with stylists, models, product lines, etc. I love networking with people in the industry.

Photo Credits:

Photographer @onegshot