We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Cox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Growing up I was fortunate that my parents could afford to put us in private school- which now as adult I can appreciate and realize how much of an expense that was for them and a privilege for me to be able to attend. Having said that, the schools were always very college focused and driven. When it came time to apply I realized how un interested I actually was at attending college. I had always been interested in styling hair, doing makeup and the idea of creating/socializing while working was much more my speed than another 4+ years of school. My choice of not attending college wasn’t a popular or “accepted” choice initially, but I am glad I stayed strong in my choice and didn’t succumb to the majority of my surroundings.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started working at the salon when I was 19 (I was also working at a restaurant full time after I left the salon each day). Working on clients for the first time, being the youngest person in the salon, learning how to hold your own, seem older than 19 and come across confident was extremely Overwhelming. Not to mention an extremely intimate and quick course on how tough customer service related jobs can be, but also how rewarding they can be. I’ve met so many interesting, nice, beautiful, giving and talented clients/stylists over the years. There is never a lack of conversation or bored days in a salon. You also learn how much clients open up and trust you and how much of their lives we carry with us after each conversation and appointment. I spent a lot of time in the first few years doing a lot of wedding, event and editorial hair in addition to “every day cuts and colors”. I am hoping after Covid to be apart of weddings again and make clients feel even more beautiful for the events they (and all
Of us) want to attend.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends and I LOVE a good brunch. So that would be on the itinerary for sure. But otherwise you can usually find us grabbing a happy hour or dinner somewhere. I also really love cooking. But when we are out One of my best friends (who is also a stylist) is always in the know on best new restaurants so we usually defer to him. some of our favorite spots are: Quality Italian, guard and grace, blue pan, D’corazon, lady Jane, postino, Bigsby folly, Barcelona, Dos Santos, vesper lounge, Death & Co, safta, Izakaya Den. We also love going to movies, the art museum when the newest exhibit arrives.
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?
I graduated from cosmetology school and started working at the salon right after the 2008 crash. I feel incredibly lucky that I got hired as an assistant at the time because any job was hard to come by then. Also, that the owners agreed to give me a space after my assistant position ended. I have been fortunate to make The Look Salon my home for the last 12 years. In that time I have accumulated and worked incredibly Hard to build a wonderful clientele, met some of my best friends and learned so much. The women who took a chance and hired me are Tasha Valenti Senger, Gina Comminello and Karna Hall.
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