Originally posted on Bangstyle.com on July 29, 2014.
Ray Hornback is just the nicest! Talk with him for a few seconds and you can tell how much he adores what he does. And to think, he spent a years working in the dental world before he found his passion for hair! Ray did eventually find his way to hair though, and we are sure glad he did! Ray produces gorgeous work and was recently named Colorado's Hairstylist of the Year! We asked Ray a few questions about where he draws his inspiration and his evoution in the industry, here's what he had to say...
Q: Congrats on being named Colorado Hairstylist of the Year! Can you tell us a little about what that experience was like?
RAY: It was amazing! I got an email out of the blue one day from Charlie Price saying that 303 Magazine in Denver was putting on the Colorado Hairstyling Awards and that I was one of 6 nominated for Colorado's Hairstylist of the Year. It was such an honor and I had such a good time meeting the other stylists who were nominated. I tied for the title with Ron Lopez.
Q: What was the inspiration behind your winning collection?
RAY: I was inspired by my love of Americana and Rockabilly fashion of the 50s. I drew inspiration from more of the men’s fashion and wanted to have the images in black and white, which is very classic and iconic. I didn't want to go the pin-up route so it was really fun delving into the hairstyles of that period and creating something that gave a nod to the male and female styles of the era.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of being in the industry?
RAY: I love getting to make someone's day and giving a guest an ego boost. I love making people feel special.
Q: Why did you choose to become a stylist? Were there other careers you considered first?
RAY: I was a dental lab technician for 12 years before I became a hairstylist. The decision came from me wanting to be able to have a more creative career and be able to touch peoples lives. My sister-in-law who is a hairstylist told me I should go to Hair School 15 years ago...I wish I would have done it then.
Also, I would love to do Nicole Kidman's hair for a red carpet event. Just something timeless and classic. She epitomizes red carpet glamour.
Read the full interview at Bangstyle.com