For veteran haircolorist Robert Hickland, art and life are inseparable.
After being trained for a career in art, Robert found himself
making a living in the hair business. "It wasn't unusual for
friends to find me painting and cutting things up, so they would
ask me to do their hair. The process was organic. The trade
more or less chose me."
"About 75% of my clientele come to me for hair coloring. My
talent is the ability to match and recreate one's natural haircolor
using the finest quality of hair color I can find. Translucency
and tones that light interplay with are trademark traits of
I also have a great deal of highlighting work. I can make extremely
natural looking blondes by using several or more shades as well
as keeping the hair palette balanced by adding in deeper tones
if needed. I am also known as a corrective colorist. I have
developed a color technique for men leaving trace amounts of
gray hair that is virtually telltale free. The bulk of the clientele
include many in the creative community of film and music."
Among the highlights of Hickland's career was cutting actress
Kathy Bates' hair from long to short and giving it a red-brown
hue just in time for her to receive her Oscar in 1991. Kathy
has kept the shorter style ever since then. He also transformed
Baywatch star Alexandra Paul from long to short. Seen worldwide
on television Alexandra's was one of the most asked for styles
of 1994. In 1995 Robert was asked to represent the United States
at the World Congress of the Masters/World Masters Awards in
New York City for the Art and Fashion Group. Hickland said it
was as if he was in a dream with his favorite, if not heros,
of hair. Meeting John Sahag was a highlight. Robert did a platform
color presentation, along with Bruno Meglio. He said that many times he's walked in and found his
favorite singers and musicians sitting in his chair. Though
Robert has many more stories like these, he makes it clear that
"I simply enjoy the process of doing hair, period."