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Get to Know | Rubi Jones

Our new bestie hair consultant dishes about Parisian style, Drew Barrymore’s grandmother and tips on keeping your mane in check!

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The effortlessly cool and absolutely lovely Rubi Jones of She Lets Her Hair Down is one of those people we’re genuinely excited about knowing. Born and raised in California, trained in New York City, and now living and working in Paris, she is not only an expert on hair trends and styling but also possesses a very solid grasp on the wants and needs of a Juicy girl’s tresses. We find her so wonderful and knowledgeable that we’ve enlisted her as our coiffure connoisseur. Through the remainder of the year you can find her monthly, Juicy-tailored tutorials paired with beautiful illustrations, courtesy of Samantha Hahn, right here on The Juicy. In the meantime, enjoy getting to know the lovely Rubi.

JC: Having lived on both the East and West Coasts and now a resident of Paris, what do you find inspiring about each of these cities?

RJ: I love the desire to stand out and be different that most people on the West Coast have. I feel like Parisians take “understated-cool” to a whole new level.

JC: Which would you consider your favorite?

RJ: I don’t think I can pick a favorite! I absolutely love living in Paris right now so for the moment, I’d pick Paris.

JC: Do you find your personal style has changed with each relocation?

RJ: Definitely! I used to wear so much color when I lived on the West Coast and had my hair in some crazy styles (we won’t pull out any photos). Living in New York, I wore a lot of black and changed my lipstick color often. In Paris, I don’t wear lipstick as often and have found a balance between color and neutral clothes. I don’t think I make a conscious effort when dressing in each city but I’ve noticed it when looking through my wardrobe—I always end up asking myself, “why do I have so much black?”

JC: Who is your ultimate style icon?

RJ: I am such an indecisive person; I don’t think I can pick one ultimate style icon. Right now, I’ve been obsessing over Drew Barrymore’s grandmother, 1920′s actress Dolores Costello.

JC: How did you get into hairstyling?

RJ: I grew up helping my mom and aunts perm and dye their own hair and doing hair was always something I loved. I went to college for a few years and one day found myself enrolled in beauty school. The day I started beauty school I knew that was what I was meant to be doing and haven’t looked back since.

JC: What inspired you to start your blog?

RJ: I’ve been following blogs for a few years now and I felt like I had to join in on the fun before I was left behind. I started it during August of last year and figured I’ll keep doing it until I run out of things to say about hair – I don’t think that will happen any time soon.

JC: We adore your Tutorials and Cut It posts. Do you find yourself constantly bombarded with questions from friends and family begging your recommendations?

RJ: I love helping friends and family and blog readers figure out what they could do with their hair! Hair is the first thing I notice when I meet someone new, so I definitely have a few ideas for anyone that asks.

JC: If you could leave us with one superior tip for hair maintenance and fabulousness, what would it be?

RJ: You most likely don’t wear the same outfit everyday, but you do wear a haircut everyday, so don’t skimp out on it. Find the best hairstylist you can afford and schedule an appointment—you won’t regret it.