It’s safe to say Austin’s own Allen Ruiz is having a good hair month. The co-owner of Jackson Ruiz Salon snagged the North American Hairdresser Awards’ top honor, Hairstylist of the Year, at the Professional Beauty Association’s annual award show in Las Vegas July 14. Known for his voluminous creations and artistic approach, Ruiz previously won the same award in 2007, making him the first Latin-American stylist to be honored twice in the award show’s 24-year history. The Austin native credits his hometown as the stalwart for his creative edge.
“I live in a city where the slogan is ‘Keep Austin Weird,’” he says. “I have a very diverse clientele who are willing to let me try new things in the salon, and for that I feel fortunate.”
Ruiz represents Aveda as its North American styling director, and if he’s not working at his salon on Lamar Boulevard, Ruiz is likely behind-the-scenes at a photoshoot or primping tresses for the fashion runway. So if you’re lucky enough to book an appointment in Ruiz’s salon chair, don’t be afraid to let your hair down—clearly whatever mane magic he’s doing is working.