Spotlight on Rockin Locks Salon

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EverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Kimberly Titterington, Hairdresser/ Owner/ Music lover of Rockin Locks Salon, via email. They talked about inspirations, challenges and what’s it’s like having a business in Los Altos.

How long have you been in business?

Celebrating 2 years this August 2014

Describe your business:

“ROCKIN LOCKS SALON” is an upscale “FUNKY LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD SALON” just down the street from Cal State Long Beach.

WE ARE: skilled, music loving, bold/bright individuals that mix their creative genius/compassion in a fun, friendly, positive and creative environment.

ABOUT US: We are a SALON FAMILY!!! We take care of each other and our amazing clientele. We work hard, but have fun! We are a busy little salon and enjoy our chosen career without the stuffy environment, stuffy music or stuffy attitude.

Why did you start Rockin Locks Salon?

How I came to be ROCKIN LOCKS SALON was simply that fact that I am a music lover. I always have and always will be. I want every aspect of what I do to be set in a positive, non judgmental and creative space. I believe that is why a friendly and musical environment is so important in a salon. Why would people want to go to a boring place with no laughter or no paintings or no music? Imaging getting your hair done proper, having people laughing (sometimes singing), all while not feeling like you’re being talked about or judged…. imagine spending your hard earned money at a place that is like “CHEERS”, where everyone wants to know your name and where you can express yourself. Sounds pretty good to me!

What makes Rockin Locks Salon stand out?

Our Salon moto explains that…. “A FUNKY LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD SALON”. We customize every persons wants and needs (funky, colorful, natural) whatever our clients can dream up or even if our clients have no idea and need a push in a more conservative or a more alternative direction.

What is the biggest success Rockin Locks Salon has had?

Without any question, hands up or down…it is the AMAZINGLY talented women I get to work with everyday. I have always said that I know that water seeks it’s own level. Well, I feel as though we found each other. I am surrounded by creative, loving, fun and high spirited ladies. It is so crazy to find other hairdressers who have the same drive, same positive attitudes and the same moral fiber.

What is your favorite part of running your business?

In this business you never know who is going to call and need your help. You might even run into someone at the local store who wants your opinion. So I figure that tomorrow could be my favorite, but knowing that there is a tomorrow is pretty exciting.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

Getting the word out that we are a little hidden gem in this neighborhood. I have lived in a three block radius from my shop my whole life. Letting our neighbors know we are local gals and we are right down the street from them. Letting them know they have a neighborhood salon they can believe in, chill in, be themselves in.

What unique talents do you bring to Rockin Locks Salon?

My background as a Long Beach girl has brought me back where I belong. I went to career academy in Garden grove. I was trained by an amazingly talented woman in Lakewood. I then went to work with an award winning hair wizard in Huntington Beach. Then I came home, back to Long Beach because I found out that I prefer a smaller, more intimate setting and the other fact is that “I LOVE LONG BEACH.”

How is Rockin Locks Salon involved with the community?

I am an Animal lover…so every season we take in donations from our clients for blankets and towels for our local SPCA Shelter. We also have plans with FX CANCER to have a Cut-A-Thon at Rockin Locks Salon.

Do you have any future plans for Rockin Locks Salon?

Staying true to our beliefs and staying honest in our practices. Sometimes people forget where they come from. They sometimes get blinded by where they are going. Guess what? We are here and we are not going anywhere. LOL

What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?

While growing up my mother always said to me: Everyone puts their pants on the same way.

I know what that means now! It means don’t be a jerk. Don’t think you are better. Don’t look down your nose at others because they may look different or believe different than you.

One Last Thing:
In one of BOB MARLEY’S songs he wrote:

“when the music hits you, you feel no pain”

I just love that.

Contact Rockin Locks Salon:
Address: 3028 Woodruff Ave
Phone Number: 562.421.9100

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