Owner, Top Stylist, & Director of Education
Rick Cooper entered the hair industry in 1985. His creative drive and passion for his profession has captivated clients, inspired his associates, and motivated hair professionals around the world. Rick began his career in San Francisco at Vidal Sassoon, and then joined the Di Pietro Todd Salon as a stylist and educator.
Vidal Sassoon was an early inspiration for Rick and has been a constant influence throughout his career. He developed his own unique method of cutting and styling by immersing himself in the philosophies and techniques from many different disciplines, blending them with his formal training from Vidal Sassoon. His willingness to share his method and philosophical approach to design with others has elevated him as a leader within our industry. Rick's pursuit of excellence and innovation ultimately led him to open Cooper Alley Salon in 2001. He envisioned the salon built upon 3 ideals: innovation, perfection, and excellence. A constant presence in the salon, Rick has built a strong team that shares his ideals.
Rick recognizes the importance of developing the technical and creative abilities of professionals within our industry. In fact, L'Oreals™ strong commitment to education has inspired him to become 1 of the first atelier director for Shu Uemura. His passion for learning, love of sharing, and pursuit of excellence pushes him to create innovative techniques, which he shares nationally through seminars, hair shows, and editorial work.
"I believe that passion is the key that allows us to express our creativity and gives us the courage to become more innovative."