Celebrity stylist and beauty expert Ryan Nickulas is a prime example of having a successful career, loving marriage and family, along with maintaining a strong sense of self. It’s not as far-fetched as many may think and Nickulas makes it look seamless. Formally of Logo’s The A-List: New York, Ryan has not only built a name for himself in the beauty industry, but solidified his name as a brand that’s always evolving to become a better version of himself.
“I think the number one way to maintain and evolve is to stay current. That’s for anyone in the industry or just in general,” he said about growing in the ever-changing beauty industry. “I think it’s social media. I love to follow different people who are influencers, or hashtags, whether it’s hair trends, fashion trends, men’s style, or kids. I love social media because it’s so easy to look at new things through there.”
Over time Ryan has used the idea of social media to switch up his style to stay current and encourages everyone to reinvent themselves too. “I would say every five years I evolve. I think when you have major life changes like: if you move to a new city, you get married, or you have children, it kind of brings this change. I’ve been blessed to experience all of those things and that’s what ignites the change. I’m a little less flashy. My style is a little more clean, which luckily right now is the trend. Clean lines, simple silhouettes, tone on tone color palettes. It’s on trend to be simple right now.”
And speaking of trends, Ryan gave GGB some awesome projections of how you can stay glam and chic for the spring/summer seasons. “Spring and Summer trends for hair is really simplistic color,” he mentioned coining the term “sombre,” a subtle ombre, as a look women can rock in the warmer seasons. You can also go really long or rather short for the upcoming seasons as well. “Thanks to Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian West, the long, long, long hair is on trend. Collar bone cuts like JLo is also a trend and women shouldn’t be afraid of the ‘chop.'”
While eyelash extensions was a trend Ryan tried and never would again, he shared that there are some things for others he’d never want to see go away. “There’s really isn’t a trend that I would want to see go out because certain trends work for certain people. That Bette Paige bang that no one else can really rock, but like Ariana Grande looks really cute in it. Karrueche Tran just did this really cute updo with a bang and it looked great. I’m the first to talk my clients out of bangs, especially in the summertime, but on certain people things looks so good. So I’m going to have to say there is not a trend that I wish would go away because I would never want someone to change-up what’s right for them.” You hear that ladies, do what works for you.
Something that works for Ryan in maintaining his personal and business life is a thing so simplistic you’d never guess, sleep! “Sleep and time management is very important” he said about being able to “do it all.” “Sleep is important to be alert and make the best decisions for your career.” Ryan also accredit working out regularly to keep him mentally on track for the day.
Along with being an acclaimed entrepreneur, being a contributor for AOL.com, and appearing in renowned publications like: Allure, Elle, Glamour, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, Celebrity Hairstyles, Short Hair, Hairstyle, Short Styles, Hairstyle Showcase and Nylon magazines; Ryan partnered with Platinum Seamless hair extensions to promote the premium product. “It’s real women, real hair, and a real product with real results. With the right stylists and following the directions and the rules on the client end, you can grow your hair and your hair can get better while wearing extensions.” (For more information visit http://www.platinumseamless.com)
Getting to where Ryan is today was no easy journey. After graduating school he worked under a stylist and at night to pay the bills. “The struggle is real, but only the strongest survive,” he mentioned as well as gave advice for aspiring beauty insiders. “You got to get through school. You got to get that license. The number one thing is you really need to work two jobs: you need to go to school and you need to work. When you graduate school the number one thing is to continue your education as an apprentice and work under a really talented person. I will say by hook or crook you have to find that person.” Continued education is what kept and continues to keep Ryan Nickulas on the level that he’s on. It’s only onward and upward from here.
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